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D'Oliveira dents Green's top-four league chances
6:10pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in Sport
BARNARDS Green failed to establish a top-four position after losing at Birmingham and District Premier League Division One county rivals Ombersley by eight wickets.
The hosts’ 20-point success ensured they will avoid relegation, while Green are fifth and 17 points behind Wellington with one game left.
Andy Ford won the toss and batted first on a sunny, breezy afternoon with the threat of showers.
The score reached 41 when Mark Hooper (11) edged Ted Baylis behind to Ollie Steele.
Jon Dovey (25) fell in Baylis’ next over, mistiming a hook to be caught at fine leg, and Alex Milton (1) was bowled by Krishall Magage to leave Green on 51-3.
Ombersley turned to spin with Neil Slade and Brett D’Oliveira and the latter started with four maidens, including two with a pair of wickets.
D’Oliveira had Kev Golder snaffled by his brother Marcus at cover and then caught and bowled Andy Ford, both for three runs.
The score soon became 95-7 as Slade claimed Ash Brewer (8) caught at backward square leg and Graeme Cessford (4) held at cover.
Liam Smith and Tim Williams fell to D’Oliveira without scoring, caught at cover and lbw respectively. D’Oliveira finished with 4-15 and Blair Kingsland (17 not out) joined number three batsman Alex Hepburn with 11 overs remaining.
They added 26 when Hepburn (45) was caught at midwicket off Arti Fiaz as Green were bowled out for 127 in the 46th over.
Green needed to replicate their fine bowling performance from the return fixture earlier in the season to have a chance of winning.
But Ombersley openers Steele and Liam Gwynne started confidently despite the best efforts of bowlers Graeme Cessford and Liam Smith and the fielders.
The partnership was broken on 37 when Steele (18) was caught behind off Smith.
Nick Hammond and Gwynne accumulated runs steadily without giving chances.
The 50 came up in the 14th over with a four from Gwynne despite a despairing slide from Kingsland who hit the sightscreen, typifying Green’s effort in the field.
Captain Ford rotated the bowlers but the partnership brought up the 100 in the 26th over before Hammond (34) was smartly stumped by Brewer off Hepburn.
However, Brett D’Oliveira (2no) and Gwynne (59no) saw Ombersley home with 19 overs left on 128-2. Green finish their season at home to relegation-threatened Leamington tomorrow (noon).
- Jaguar Academy of Sport rising star Georgia Hennessy attended a talent day with patrons and ambassadors, including Dame Kelly Holmes and Rio Ferdinand.
The Malvern teenager, who plays for Green men’s second XI and used to represent Worcestershire, now plays for Warwickshire.
Hennessy is in England’s women’s academy.
She said after the talent day: “I enjoyed meeting people I have always looked up to and really enjoyed speaking to Rio.
“He is a really nice man and gave me some good advice.”