1st June 2013 - Match Reports.

BGCC 1st XI vs Wellington

Barnards Green 1sts visited Wellington CC’s Orleton Park hoping to turn round their recent poor run of form. Wellington won the toss and chose to field first.


Wellington’s experienced bowlers Wagner and O’Connor made things difficult for new Green opening partners Alex Milton and Ash Brewer. Brewer fell first was he was stumped off O’Connor with a smart piece of leg side keeping from J Clarke. O’Connor grabbed his second when he clean bowled Alex Hepburn and Wagner chipped in when Milton was adjudged LBW for 8 – leaving the Green 15 for 3.


New batsmen Mark Hardinges and Elliot Hennessy started confidently. Hardinges in particular dominated the bowling hitting some fine boundaries, bringing up BGCC’s 50 in the 14th overs with a four through the covers. Their partnership of 61 came to an end when Hennessy was given out stumped by J Clarke of his brother R Clarke for 16. Hardinges reached his half century soon after with another boundary through mid-wicket but miss-judged a pull shot one to be caught and bowled by J Clarke for 54.


Wellington’s Edwards had to be replaced mid-over by Aucott and he quickly made the most of his opportunity. First he had Andy Ford caught by Shawcross at square leg for 8 when he miss-hit a pull shot, then Graeme Cessford edged one to Wagner at slip without scoring. J Clarke chipped in with a third wicket when Dannie Rees was very well caught– one handed by Lamb at first slip. Aucott mopped up the last two Green batsmen trapping Liam Smith LBW then clean bowling Blair Kingsland to end with figures of 4 for 10 off his 4.5 overs. Barnards Green had slumped from 96 for 4 to 99 all out in 33.1 overs leaving 100 to get in 76 overs.


Wellington were 0 for 1 when Cessford clean bowled Lamb in the first over, and accurate bowling from Hardinges was rewarded when he trapped Tilt LBW for 17. He then had J Clarke caught at square leg by Milton for 20 after yet another miss-judged pull shot. BGCC could sense hope as Wellington reached 40 for 3 off 14 overs.


An impressive spell of bowling from Cessford kept the Green firmly in the game. First he had Captain Wagner caught behind by Brewer for 6 then trapped Mitchell LBW for 6 to reduce Wellington to 53 for 5. This became 84 for 8 as Cessford claimed a 6 wicket haul off his 17 overs. Delaney was clean bowled for 7, Shawcross holed out to Hepburn at cover point for 5 and injured Edwards was trapped LBW for 0. Liam Smith replaced Cessford and despite his and Andy Ford’s best efforts Aucott (20) and R Clarke (8) saw the hosts home with in the 40th over. Wellington claim a 20 point win and BGCC take 3 points from the game.