A DELUGE at Sandwell Park hampered Barnt Green’s preparations for Saturday’s Birmingham & District Premier Division One opener against Moseley – following the abandonment of their West Bromwich Darmouth warm-up.
Last weekend’s friendly in West Bromwich, which saw the hosts dismissed for 117 in the 33rd over, had provided plenty of promise for Green skipper Darrel Williams and Co. ahead of their long-awaited return to competitive cricket this week, before a downpour brought a halt to proceedings.
The visitors’ firepower in the bowling stakes was clear to see from the first ball, so it was no surprise that the wickets were shared between the Green’s attack – Jacques Banton (2-11) Adam Hines (2-15) Williams (2-26), and Andrew Sutton (2-39) all particularly impressing.
After limiting West Bromwich to a beatable total, Barnt Green’s opening pair of Edward Pollock (27 n.o) and Ben Chapman-Lilley (26 n.o) briskly went about their business to fire the away side towards their target.
The duo both retired with unbeaten scores to allow Adam Hose (2 n.o) and Banton (1 n.o) to step up to the plate, just before the heavens opened to bring the encounter to a premature end.
Regardless, Green will no doubt be buoyed by their proficiency with bat and ball, and now turn attentions to Saturday’s mid-day trip to Moseley – a fixture which cricketing fans will be permitted attendance to.