1st September 2007 - Match reports.

BGCC 2nd XI vs Alvechurch

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 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 in trouble.
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