3rd August 2008 - Match Reports.

Himley vs BGCC Sunday 2nd XI  

Barnards Green Sunday seconds travelled the length of the county to play Himley full of confidence following an excellent win the week before against Kidderminster


Having lost the toss, skipper Wajzer was asked to make first use of a flat, hard but green looking second pitch track. With very small boundaries all the way round the picturesque ground and a strong looking batting line up, the Green were confident of posted a large score.


This confidence was soon dashed as Bradley (5) was soon followed back to the changing room by Wheeler (14) and Sunday debutant Steve Alamutu (35); this left 13 year olds Elliot Hennessy (11) and Ryan Scullion (19) to rebuild the innings. The two batted with maturity beyond their years with watchful batting and punishing anything loose


Skipper Wajzer joined Scullion after Hennessy was well caught at gully and together the pair continued to try and push the Green towards a total that could be defended. When both were removed and soon followed by Steve Hunt, Jamie Longmore (31*) and Dave Price (40) were left with 15 overs to bat, the 2 increased the scoring rate and took the Green past the 200 mark. With Dan Hunt scoring his first senior run and another Sunday debutant Jon Hennessy late lusty blows bringing him 3 boundaries, the Green were finally all out for 227 in 38 overs


After an excellent tea the second innings started with both teams showing confidence of winning the game.


R Jones (35) and M Tromans (55) batted exceptionally well for Himley and at the half way stage Himley were the more confident of the 2 teams going into drinks, then entered Jon Hennessy, having not bowled for nearly 20 years, he rolled back the years by bowling 8 overs in a row and not wavering from an immaculate line and length he was unlucky not to pick up a well deserved wicket.


It was left to Dan Hunt (2 for 33), Steve Hunt (1 for 39) and Dave Price (1 for 39) to tie the Himley batsman down and secure the second victory in a row for the Sunday Seconds. Himley finished 50 runs short and with the Green leaving their mark on the ground, some more than others, the seconds headed off back to Malvern


The seconds would like to thank the one off match sponsors of Huggies Nappies