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Hepburn and Hooper steer Green to win over Brewood
8:10pm Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in Sport
BARNARDS Green sentenced last season’s promotion rivals Brewood to likely relegation from Birmingham and District Premier League Division One.
The Malvern side’s comfortable victory earlier in the season meant honours stood fairly even over the last three seasons.
This time, Green collected only their second win in the 50-over format after skittling their hosts for 114 in 42.4 overs.
Captain Andy Ford won the toss and chose to field first on an overcast afternoon with the openers quickly departing to Liam Smith, via a catch from wicketkeeper Ash Brewer, and Mark Hardinges.
Brewood’s 8-2 became 19-3 when slip Smith held on off Hardinges’ bowling and a hobbling Morne Heyneke (11) survived several strong appeals before he fell lbw to Tim Williams.
Green turned to spin soon after and Blair Kingsland had an immediate impact when Bruce Thomason (37) chipped one up to be caught and bowled.
Kingsland and Jon Dovey bowled several maidens with the former taking his second scalp through Ford’s catch at short extra cover.
With Brewood struggling on 83-6, Ford brought himself on and picked up 3-18 from 7.4 overs. The hosts stumbled to 114 all out in the 43rd over with Kingsland claiming 3-13 from 10 overs.
In reply, Brewood missed the injured Heyneke as Green openers Adam Dovey and Mark Hooper batted confidently against medium pace.
They had put on 45 when Dovey (19) was bowled but Alex Hepburn (45 not out) and Hooper (36no) accelerated the run-rate.
Green passed 100 in the 28th over before reaching their target of 115 in the 30th to triumph by nine wickets.
Green are sixth in Second XI Division Two (South) following a 45-run success over Coventry and North Warwickshire and a 47-run defeat at Old Elizabethans.
Andy Wheeler (62) and Kev Golder (60) starred with the bat in the Coventry win.
- Second-from-bottom Worcester Nomads will be relegated from Division Three despite causing an upset with a 49-run victory at midtable Quatt.
Richard Henry hit 37 for Nomads but the Bransford side were dismissed for 167.
However, 4-27 from Henry and 3-3 from skipper Ben Schiffmann turned the game with Quatt all out for 118.
Nomads had been undone by a 48-run home defeat to Aston Manor 48 hours earlier.
Patrick O’Driscoll took 4-61 in Manor’s 223-8 but then the hosts struggled to 175 all out with only Tom Mills (50), Sam Roberts (37), Oli Swift (34) and Henry (23) getting into double figures.