7:10pm Wednesday 11th September 2013
A SEASON at Barnards Green would not be the same without a century from Andy Wheeler.
In the last four campaigns and five of the last six, Wheeler has managed a three-figure score for one of the North End Lane club’s teams.
Having seen his involvement with the second XI this term interrupted due to coaching commitments at Malvern College, Wheeler’s remarkable run looked to be coming to an end.
But all that changed in the Birmingham and District Premier League Division Two (South) match at Water Orton as he top-scored with 145 to fire his team to a 147- run victory.
Wheeler said: “I haven’t scored a hundred since the middle of last year so it was nice to get three figures again.
“I have scored 217, 200, 158, 147 and now 145 so it’s my fifth highest score. I only score hundreds for Barnards Green!”
The 33-year-old, who works for Worcestershire Cricket at New Road, continued: “I have felt in pretty good nick over the last few weeks.
“With not playing the first half of the season through my work at Malvern College as a coach, it’s taken me a while to get back into it. I have had a couple of 60s so far and felt a bit better.
“It was a decent track and, with the ball coming on to my bat, it helps my style of batting.
“I had a few partnerships with a few players and the bowlers seemed to be bowling to my strengths — fairly full and straight, so I could hit straight down the ground.”
Wheeler is heavily involved in cricket development at Barnards Green and with his role as participation officer for Worcestershire Cricket.
He is also a cricket and rugby coach at Malvern College and has just led the under 15s to the national Twenty20 competition regional finals for schools where they were beaten by Shrewsbury.
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