BGCC 2nd XI vs
The penultimate league
game for the green was at home against Alvechurch, once again the toss was
lost and the green were asked to field.Payton 18 and Gilmour 46 added 66 for
the first wicket, Gilmour was run out taking on the strong arm of Tom Clack,
Payton was stumped by Glendenning off Spencer snr, Tom Clack removed both
Sidaway 30 and Rudge 38, Spencer took the wickets of Reuban 5 and Morrison
5, James Scullion chipped in with 2 quick wickets leaving Alvechurch186 for
9 with 8 overs remaining ,this brought together the experienced pair of Reck
and Clifford who took the score along to 233 before Spencer bowled Reck for
27 valuable runs in the 50th over. Young Ryan Scullion on his first bowl for
the seconds bowled 3 overs with a fine line and length only conceding only 9
runs.Pick of the bowlers was Phil Spencer who took 4 for 58 off 19
overs.Alvechurches total was helped by the green bowlers bowling 14 wides
and 14 noballs.
In reply James Scullion 15 and Ian Scullion 19 added 38 for the first
wicket,Sam Freeman made 1, then a partnership of 85 between Jez Clarke 24
and the hard hitting Robin Longmore 60 put the green in with a chance at 149
for 5 after 35 overs, Lewis Hooper 20 and Phil Spencer 40no took the score
along to 190 but when Hooper was caught, it left Skipper Spencer batting
with the tail, Sam Spencer and Ryan Scullion perished leaving last man
Glendenning with Spencer needing 25 off 3 overs, at the start of the 50th
and final over the green needed 8 for and unlikely victory but Glendenning
was bowled with the green still 6 runs short. The Green gained 8 points for
losing another close game.
Many thanks to the match day sponsors of recent weeks "THE BEAUCHAMP ARMS",
"INTERKEY" and "THREE OF A KIND HAIRDRESSERS"
BGCC 4th XI vs Dominies 2nd XI
Having had 5 matches abandoned due to the appalling weather this summer,
Barnards Green 4th XI went into their final game of the season, knowing
that they were secure in mid-table and that the final game of the
season, again with 3 new faces in the team, should be enjoyed!
Having lost yet another toss, the Green were asked to bat first and make
full use of a dry pitch and quick outfield. John Wheeler (18) and
debutant Steve Hunt opened the innings and immediately set about the
Dominies bowling, with the scoring rate at 5 ½ an over, a huge score was
looking very possible. However some poor shot selection and good bowling
meant that Wheeler, Hunt, Ashlea Brewer (4), Richard Wall (4), Jack
Macintosh (9), Dave Marshall (4) and Ian Alley (12) were all back in the
pavilion before the end of the 16th over!
With the runs on a healthy 110 from the same number of overs, Andy
Wheeler and Russ Brewer needed to bat for a number of overs and rebuild
the innings. Wheeler, again the only batsman to really show the mix of
aggression and patience required, scored 52, the fifth time in the
season that he has scored between 50 and 60 and only twice gone on to
score above 60!
With Wheeler out in the 20th over, Brewer snr, Hunt jnr and Cullity were
given the task of batting for 25 overs! Hunt was bowled first ball
leaving Brewer and Cullity to bat the remaining overs. Both batted with
great confidence and maturity to build a partnership of 20 runs and take
the score to 146 all out from 25 overs!
With such a quick outfield and easy paced batting track the Green
batting line up were very disappointed to have given the bowlers their
wickets when some sensible batting and picking off the bad balls over
the 45 over innings could have meant a score of 250 to 300!
Having been bowled out in such a short space of time, Dominies were
given 10 overs to bat before tea, these 10 overs would make or break the
game for the Green, early wickets and the pressure would be on the
batting line up.
However Wheeler and Alley failed to take a wicket in the spell, Wheeler
bowled, what was later described by an onlooker, the worse spell of
bowling ever seen at Newland! His 3 overs cost 36 runs, with Miles and
Jones tucking into the long hops, full tosses and width served up for
them. The hero from the week before, Dan Hunt was brought into the
attack but again variation in length meant that neither batsman were put
After another excellent tea, Dominies restarted with the score on 81 for
0. A further 66 runs required from a maximum of 55 overs! Macintosh
replaced Alley and picked up his first ever senior wicket, hopefully the
first of many! With Miles scoring 69 not out, Jones out for 58, it was
left to Reece to hit the winning runs off the left arm spin of Russ
Brewer and bring up the win in the 17th over.
The game was over after only 42 overs, with 11 wickets falling and
nearly 300 runs scored, the crowd were treated a very fast paced game!
The season ended with disappointment for the Green 4th XI, having
started so well in the first half of the season, the second half slipped
away. However with so many players moving out of the team into the 3rd,
2nds and in some cases 1st XI many positives can be taken from the
matches, with many youngsters making their debuts and the future looks
very promising for Barnards Green CC.
The Fourth team would like to thank Mechelle, Shani and Naomi for the
excellent teas they have produced all season during home games, Bob
Rogers for his wireless work on the ground during a very difficult
season in producing good wickets all season and making every attempt to
play as many games as possible throughout the season.
Thanks to all the club sponsors and to Link Tools as kit sponsors and
Julian Hall Gardening Services as ground sponsor