BGCC Seconds Ďví Worcester Seconds
On yet another dry, hot and sunny Saturday BGCC Seconds travelled the short distance to local competitors Worcester CC. Visiting skipper Doughty won the toss and invited the home side to have first use the rock-hard wicket. Opening bowlers Adams (10-0-46-2) and Clack (7-1-28-1) bowled with decent pace although their accuracy was, at times, a little wayward and was dispatched appropriately. The Worcester innings steadily plodded on, losing wickets at regular intervals, each one pegging the scoring back just enough to favour the Green players. New bowlers Howie and Loader both were unlucky not to pick up wickets with the fielding looking shabby at times. Scores of 34-1, 65-2, 88-3, 107-4, 170-5 suddenly faded away with the introduction of the spin twins of Hooper (15-1-60-3) and Drinkwater (9.1-1-40-4) who pegged the scoring back whilst taking wickets with ease. The Green fielding unit, normally solid and dependable dropped 4 catches as well as giving away 4 over-throws for the second week running. Despite this, the bowling forced the home innings to collapse somewhat to 234 all out just inside their 50 over allocation.
Doughty (9) and Wheeler (46) opened the innings and, as is becoming a regular occurrence, Wheeler dispatched the bowling to all parts with venom, force and gusto before the former fell to an excellent slip catch by Padden (Padden took 3 of the finest slip catches youíll ever see on a cricket field). Wheeler soon perished, to the inswing of Elleray, pairing Clarke (28) and Curtis (6) at the crease. Curtis fell victim to Paddenís safe hands and Drinkwater (8) followed suit to perhaps the best of the lot, a diving effort across the vacant second and third slip. The young pairing of Loader (20) and Brewer (25) forged a stylish partnership of 49 and swung the pendulum of momentum away from Worcester and ever-so-slightly towards the Green. Tom Clack (14) replaced Loader and after looking set was stumped high and dry mid-wicket allowing the mercurial talent of Hooper (43*) to be unleashed. Hooper, a much under-rated batsmen with 70ís to his name at this level looked assured playing both pace and spin with ease and style. A clatter of wickets brought Adams to the crease for the first time this year. Adams (15*) nudged, pulled and plonked his runs whilst Hooper bashed, scooped and slapped towards the 38 runs required for victory. The batsmen survived a couple of enthusiastic appeals for LBW, led especially from those furthest from the action, to secure an excellent, hard fought victory and 20 points for the Green.