2nd August 2008 - Match Reports.

BGCC 2nd XI vs Belbroughton. BGCC 4th XI vs Martley

The Green entertained Belbroughton hoping to gain revenge from earlier in the season, the ground was once again a credit to grounds man Daisy Mayo, and skipper Spencer was relieved to have a strong side again after the last two weeks absentees.The home side won the toss and chose to bat, Paul Drinkwater and Paul Yorke opened the innings and were soon scoring at almost 7 an over, they had put on 132 for the first wicket when Yorke holed out for 49, James Curtis joined Drinkwater and progressed the score to 168 when Drinkwater was caught at long on for a solid 64, Lewis Hooper stroked 34 off 37 deliveries until he played over the top off a yorker and was bowled, Mitch Fowles returning from injury  started to take a liking to the wilting bowlers he quickly moved on to 23 until he was bowled attempting a big hit over mid wicket, Steve Metcalfe smashed 12 then was stumped, at the other end James Curtis completed his 7th half century in 8 innings he was not out 56 when the Green's fifty overs were completed with the score on 287 for 5.Belbroughton's reply got off to the worst possible start when Ross was well caught second ball at first slip by Ian Scullion , MacKenzie and Meese were struggling against Brooke's accurate bowling , Mitch Fowles took a fine catch in the gully to remove Meese for 22, MacKenzie holed out for 30  trying to increase the run rate, Sam Floy 19, Spells 21 and Pennington 20 tried to get the visitors innings moving but tight spells from Hooper 4 for 26, Brookes 2 for 35 and Drinkwater 2 for 33 made sure the Green were in no danger of losing, the last two wickets were taken by occasional  left arm spinner Monty Yorke , Belbroughton's innings ended in the 42nd over on 135 all out giving the Green victory by 152 runs.

A fine display gaining 24 points, this victory leaves the Green only 27 points off top spot, it was unfortunate that the previous two weeks availability was so poor otherwise they would of been well in the title race.

Many thanks to match day sponsor  "THE CROSS KEYS , MALVERN"

 

Barnards Green fourths entertained Martley in the Division Four 2nd XI South mid table clash in the Crusader Worcestershire County League. With Brown winning the toss and electing to bat on a hard, flat newland surface and the sun shining down the Green hoped to take full advantage, little did they know what was to follow in the next 3 hours! 

Wheeler and Horne continued their recent opening partnership, both batsman found the boundary with regular ease, Horne along the floor and Wheeler, generally in the air! As the watching spectators and rest of Greens batsman disappearing into the adjoining fields to search for balls, the pair brought up their 50 partnership in 4 overs and their second hundred partnership in consecutive weeks in the ninth over.  

Martley skipper brought on C Williams (8 for 37) to try and slow the rate from the Hills end and this slow the scoring rate to around 10 an over whilst he was bowling. Skipper McGahan brought himself on from the Swan end and having been hit for 28 by Wheeler in his first over, picked up the wicket of Horne (17) in his second. With Robbie Lewis, returning to the fourths after brief spells with the seconds and thirds, the Green were confident of matching, if not passing, their 292 scored the week before against Himbleton.  

Lewis and Wheeler put on 174 runs in 19 overs, dispatching all bowling to all parts of the ground. Wheeler brought up his third hundred in four weeks with a six straight back over the bowlers head and then continued his blitz on the bowling. He brought up his first ever 200 from only the 90th ball he faced with another 6 into the field. Having drawn level with the club record of 217, he was finally caught, having been dropped three times between 150 and 200, the innings lasted 95 balls and included 20 fours and 19 sixes. 

With the score on 284 for 2 in the 27th over, skipper Brown gave the incoming batsman license to express themselves and continue the high scoring rate. Lewis was next out for a steady 29, swiftly followed Ash Brewer for 4. This left youngsters Elliot Hennessy and James Merley at the crease, with a maximum of 13 overs to face. They batted superbly with excellent running mixed with some crisp boundary shots 

When Hennessy was removed for 23 in the 40th over, skipper Brown declared the innings and Merley was left 15 not out. The Green had made a fantastic 339 for 5 from just 40 overs 

With 50 overs to bowl and 340 to defend on a track that was easy to bat on, the Green still were full of confidence as they started the second innings. 

Mayfield and Williams batted sensibly with good running and picking regular boundaries, at drinks at 20 overs, Martley were 120 for 0! Another 30 overs to score 240, or the Green needed to take 10 wickets for the win. At this point, Brown, having tried Ian Alley (0 for 25), Jack Cullity, Lewis (0 for 18), Dave Price (0 for 31) and Jamie Longmore (0 for 20), turned to man of the moment Wheeler to try and make the break through. His amazing day then continued when he picked up a wicket in each of his first 2 overs and then another in his fourth! His wickets included Mayfield for a well crafted 69 and Williams for 37 

When Merley picked up the fourth wicket, any thoughts of Wheeler doing an unthinkable batting and bowling double of 200 and 10 wickets were gone. Hennessy then picked up a further 2 wickets and with Wheeler adding another before he had bowled his full allocation of 12 overs, ending with figures of 4 for 38. Martley were on 220 for 7 from 46 overs when Cullity was returned to the attack and picked up McGahan in his returning over, the Green sniffed victory. Cullity then removed Upall (24) with the penultimate ball of the game, leaving one ball at number 11 Quinn, this was just kept out by the batter and Martley finished the 50 overs on 239 for 9. 

This was a very positive game for the Green, with all the youngsters contributing in the field and with bat and ball, and on such a batter friendly pitch the Green did exceptionally well to take 9 Martley wickets and take 18 points from the fixture. Next week the Green visit third placed Old Vigornians at New Road