2nd June 2007 - Match reports.

BGCC 2nd XI vs Bewdley
Barnards Green entertained Bewdley on a very soft damp wicket following the weeks torrential rain, after once again losing the toss the green were asked to make first use of the conditions. Andy wheeler was caught going for an ill-advised big drive, the fluent innings of Tim Clarke 21 was end in exactly the same fashion, young James Scullion steadied the innings until he was bowled for 13, then disaster struck with the next 4 batsmen all failing to trouble the scorer and Sam Spencer making only 5.The home side were in danger of being rolled over for an embarrassing total , they were 60 for 8 after 21overs.It was left to the more experienced members of the side to show more application than their younger team mates.First captain and vice captain Phil Spencer and Ian Scullion added 48 for the ninth wicket with Spencer being caught on the boundary for 40, then Glendenning joined Scullion and they proceeded to grind their way to a reasonable total and at the same time try and use up their allotted 50 overs, by the start of the 50th over the total was 164 , Scullion was stumped going for a big shot for a fine 37 leaving Glendenning not for the first time this season undefeated on 21, the last 2 wickets had put on 104 runs and had put the green in a position to at least stand a chance of obtaining a positive result.For Bewdley Fowler 3 for 42 and Darby 5 for 41 bowled well keeping the ball up and using the conditions well.
In reply openers Jones and Robinson added 79 in 27 overs both had rode their luck and survived a fine opening bowling spell from Scullion snr and Spencer jnr,lewis Hooper took the first wicket having Jones caught for a patient 19, Matt Brookes bowled with great controlled swing and was unlucky not to pick up more wickets , but he did at least bowl the dangerous Robinson for a grafting 41, Brookes finished with 1 for 22 off 14 overs, Tom Clack bowled his best spell of the season and removed Halkon for 4.This left Bewdley on 114 for 3 after 36 over. Spencer snr and Spencer the younger bowled the final 8 overs , their contrasting styles making inroads into Bewdleys lower order ,Spencer jnr finished with 2 for 44 off 12 overs, it was left to skipper Spencer to bowl the last over with the green needing one wicket and Bewdley 6 to win the game, after four dot balls the skipper bowled a leg side wide and the batsmen ran 2 , the last ball was not scored off leaving Bewdley two runs short and a winning draw for the green.Spencer snr finished with 3 for 20, the green gained 13 points and Bewdley 9.Once again the Greens young batting line up failed and was rescued by the "oldies", but a least they redeemed themselves in the field and from a position of 60 for 8 after 21 overs still managed a positive result from the game.
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