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Green's charge halted by rain
11:40am Tuesday 6th August 2013 in Sport
BARNARDS Green hosted Birmingham League Division One leaders Kenilworth Wardens hoping in vain for an uninterrupted game after the rain-affected match earlier in the season.
Keith Bell won the toss and Kenilworth chose to bowl first.
Mark Hooper and Adam Dovey took to the crease facing Alistair Wilkinson and BGCC old-boy Jason Young.
Young was difficult to get away but both batsmen scored off Wilkinson.
He shortened his run and brought the keeper up to good effect as first Dovey fell, bowled for 13, before Hooper was sharply stumped by Marillier for 12.
This brought Malvern College pupil and master together as Mark Hardinges joined Alex Milton at the wicket with the score on 41-2 after 13 overs.
They had taken the score past 50 before the partnership was controversially ended when Milton was given out stumped for a confident 21.
Dannie Rees came and went for one to leave the Green 60- 5 as Andy Ford came in at six.
Uncharacteristically, the captain fell quickly caught by Young at backward point off Shitansu Kotak for just seven.
Hardinges took control at this point, upping the runrate, well supported by new batsman Jon Dovey.
They had put on 43 when Dovey was caught by Andrew Whitehall at extra cover for nine off the bowling of Dan Wood.
Ash Brewer joined Hardinges with the score on 112- 6 with just under 20 overs remaining.
Hardinges reached his maiden BGCC half-century with a driven four, before Kotak grabbed his second wicket – clean bowling Brewer for 10, bringing Elliot Hennessy to the crease.
Hardinges’ impressive innings of 78 finally came to an end when a returning Young had him caught by Bell at mid-wicket.
Hennessy and Liam Smith took the score onto 178 before they were both dismissed, which left Tim Williams not out without facing a ball and the Green all out.
The increasing cloud cover offered swing and bowlers Hardinges, Liam Smith and Jon Dovey took full advantage.
Captain Bell was bowled by Smith for three, before the rain arrived, which caused a recalculation of the winning draw total.
Play resumed and Kenilworth passed 50, but Hardinges broke the partnership as he trapped Stenning lbw for 14.
Dovey replaced Smith and he was almost impossible to play, grabbing three quick wickets.
First he clean bowled the dangerous Seager for 39 and then had the returning Young spectacularly caught one-handed by keeper Ash Brewer for nought, before having Kotak caught behind for six.
This left Kenilworth struggling on 67-5 after 19 overs when the rain returned and curtailed the game early.