2nd August 2014 - Match Reports.

BGCC 1sts vs Ombersley  

Rhodes in the runs again as Green just fall short


Barnards green 1st XI played host to table-toppers Ombersley in their fourth encounter of the year so far. After heavy overnight rain and morning showers the start was delayed until 3.15pm and the game was reduced to 31 overs apiece.


The Green started well, as Liam Smith trapped Steele lbw for 1 then had Smith caught behind by Ash Brewer first ball. Ombersley were 1 for 2 as Uffindall joined Gwynne, slowly they got the innings back on track. Both Hardinges and Smith made it difficult for the batsmen and it took until the 9th over for the visitors to score a boundary. Alex Hepburn and Jon Dovey joined the attack as Uffindall played solidly and Gwynne started to attack. They attempted quick singles to put pressure on the field but two direct hits from debutant Georgia Hennessy made them think again.


Captain Rhodes tuned to spin and introduced returning veteran Chris Smedley and he made almost immediate impact as Uffindall skied one to Smith at mid-on for 33. In his next over he trapped Bayliss in front for 7. Ombersley were 115 for 4 with 25 overs gone. Hepburn changed ends and got his just deserts for a good spell of bowling when he clean bowled the dangerous Harwood for a duck. And it was Hepburn who took the key wicket of Gwynne in his very next over – clean bowled for 68 off 65 balls. Just five balls later Haynes (3) was run out backing up as Hepburn deflected one onto the stumps. Some big hitting from Oakley and Fiaz kept Ombersley on target for a decent score. Oakley was caught at long on by Jon Dovey for 15 off Hardinges. Fiaz was not out 13 off just 10 balls as they reached 165 for 8 at the end of their allotted 31 overs.


George Rhodes and Mark Hardinges took to the field with BGCC needing over 5 an over. Tight bowling by Harwood and in particular Bayliss made that difficult from the start. The introduction of Smith and Fiaz allowed the Green to push on more but it still took until the 14th over for a late cut for four from Rhodes to take them passed 50. Unfortunately in trying to push the run rate up Hardinges was run out by Gwynne for 25. Alex Hepburn joined Rhodes and both batsmen tried to attack the bowling of Uffindall and Haynes in an attempt to keep the Green in with a chance. They had taken the Green passed 100 in the 25th over before Hepburn was caught by Uffindall off Haynes for 22. Alex Milton came to the crease with the Green needing 60 off 5 overs.


Rhodes’ innings came to an end when he was caught at long-on by Smith off Uffindall for 60. Milton gave the spectators hope when he hit a magnificent 6 and a deft reverse sweep for 4. But Jon Dovey (1) then also holed out to Smith off Uffindall and Ash Brewer (3) was run out after a fine dive, pick up and throw from Gwynne. Despite the best efforts of Milton (24) and Liam Smith (7) BGCC fell just 19 runs short of their target. But their 147-5 did gain them 6 points – 1 more than the other teams who had abandoned games elsewhere.