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Green's fine run ended by rain-affected defeat
7:20pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in Sport
BARNARDS Green suffered their first defeat in nine Birmingham and District Premier League Division One games.
They slipped to fifth in the table after scoring 200 all out in a weather-affected match against fellow high-fliers Wellington at North End Lane.
The visitors’ skipper Wendell Wagner won the toss and bowled first on an overcast day with the game reduced to 48 overs-a-side by a short shower.
Adam Dovey (6) drove an early four but then found runs hard to come by with fellow opener Mark Hooper (1), particularly off Anthony O’Connor who opened with three maidens.
O’Connor tempted them both into catches by Worcestershire’s Michael Johnson before Alex Milton (5) was bowled by Wagner.
Spinner Dan Lloyd stifled Alex Hepburn but Mark Hardinges (22) hit boundaries to take the score to 73 when the latter gave Johnson his third catch and Andy Ford went for 16 off nine balls.
Ash Brewer motored the score past 100 in the 31st over and hit two huge sixes, while Hepburn notched up another half-century.
The 38th over brought up the 150 as the run-rate increased but Brewer was bowled by Adam Byram (3- 30) for a run-a-ball 32 which helped put on 64 for the sixth wicket.
With nine overs left, Jon Dovey holed out for 14 and Liam Smith was run out without facing a ball. Hepburn followed, stumped off Byram for 81, including nine fours.
Tim Williams and Blair Kingsland progressed to 200 with two balls left when the latter was caught by Johnson for five.
With the weather uncertain, Wellington aimed to at least stay ahead of the 4.17 run-rate required.
Smith bowled Neil Edwards (2) but two short rain breaks reduced the game to 45 overs and winning target to 189.
Matt Tilt and Joe Clarke struck plenty of boundaries but spinners Kingsland and Ford restricted them and brought a breakthrough with the score on 100.
Quick fielding from Adam Dovey at square leg meant wicketkeeper Brewer whipped the bails off to run out Clarke (39).
Tilt was dropped but, in his next over, Smith (3-49), more dangerous in his second spell, had him caught behind for 77 off 79 balls and then trapped Johnson lbw for a pedestrian nine.
With Wellington needing 56 off 14 overs, Martin Delaney (5) chopped one onto his stumps from Ford but captain Wagner (20no) and Aucott (21no) frustrated the bowlers.
Wellington passed the target with a four from Wagner to finish on 190-5 with oneand- a-half overs to spare, leaving Green with only five points.
- Green were skittled for just 15 in 14.3 overs in a 269- run thrashing by Worcester Nomads in the Worcestershire Sunday Club League Second XI Division.