Barnards Green cricket Club Match Reports.




21st May 2004


Barnards Green 1st XI vs. Feckenham 1st XI

( 1st XI knockout cup )

With high hopes of doing well this year and ever seeking promotion on a Saturday this tie against 3rd place of division two was to be a good test for the re-shaped and ambitious 1st eleven. Winning the toss, skipper Chris Smedley chose to field first in the 12 8 ball over format.
With new boy Chris Harrison who is looking more and more at home each game picking up early wickets The Green started well although runs did come frequently at times. The Green managed to contain the run rate which would have to be stepped up considerably if their xtensive batting line up was to be troubled in anyway.
As The Green applied pressure in the field the odd misfield came as did the run outs. Tim Clarke kept things tight showing his old form of bowling at the death and Clive Churchill also did his best keeping things contained in the last over with Feckenham scoring 118 off their 12 overs.

Green set out in positive style with the in-form left hand right hand combination of  Boult and Golder opening up. Nothing silly was required and the pair picked up the singles before they started peppering the boundaries.
Golder was then caught after an impressive cameo and this brought Robbie Richards to the crease. He soon departed toeing one to mid-on, but with Boult striking the ball cleanly and finding the gaps precisely and Tim Clarke now
at the crease along with a top 5 batsmen in anyone's side still waiting to come in, The Green were never in trouble. The crowd prematurely celebrated Boult,s 50 and with that he was bowled. This brought Jez Clarke in, and with 4 overs still remaining both Clarkes realised only a run a ball was needed and alternated the strike sensibly before taking any pressure away by hitting a six apiece. This left Tim Clarke to hit the winning runs with 7 balls remaining.

Barnards Green will play the winner of Worcester Nomads and Droitwich Spa next week.



Match report courtsey of Jeremy Clarke.