BGCC 2nd XI vs Coleshill.
After the rain of the Bank Holiday weekend it was a joy to see some cricketing weather on Saturday when the Green second eleven hosted Coleshill CC at North End Lane. Home skipper Judd Doughty lost the toss and was asked to bowl first on a sun bleached, hard surface at the near edge of the square. The visitors got off to a steady start against the opening attack of Matt Brookes and James Scullion. A change in ends for both bowlers changed the nature of the game however, as Brookes (15-4-45-5) began to swing the ball with the wind, back into the batsmen, and began to rout the top order including an excellent hatrick. This was the third successive 5 wicket haul for Brookes who, by the end of the day was the number one ranked bowler in the Birmingham League averages! Some very good opportunities were missed by the home side but they remained on top throughout the first 40 overs. The change in ends also helped Scullion (11.2-1-39-2) who found his usual consistent lines and lengths, aided by some varied bounce off a good length which gave keeper Dave White a tough workout behind the stumps. Jack Macintosh (4-0-27-0) returning after his seaside escapade bowled without luck whilst Lewis Hooper (11-0-46-1) found his usual control somewhat missing. Tom Clack (9-1-30-2) used to help slow the scoring rate bowled very tidily and with accuracy and speed. A stout partnership between Baker (89) and Pudge (41) shifted the balance of the game slightly but the innings closed, perhaps 50 runs light of a par score on 204 all out in the 50th over.
After yet another good tea by ‘H’, Anna Brewer and co, openers Doughty and Andy Wheeler began their account in quick fashion. Doughty, was happy to play second fiddle to the aggressive Wheeler who began hitting the ball sweetly from the off. The Coleshill bowlers played into the hands of both batsmen by offering Wheeler width and balls full and short of length which he dispatched with ease whilst giving his partner the opportunity to pick-up lots of risk-free singles. Wheeler, mid-innings, pledged that he would get to his hundred before Doughty reached his 50 – no mean feat as the former was on 48 at the time and the latter was on 40. However, after some lusty hitting, (116 not out including 19x4’s and 5x6’s) Wheeler did indeed reach a well deserved hundred before his skipper had chance to reach 50! Both batsmen ended not out (Doughty 57 not out including 8x4’s) when the total was reached with a well paced unbeaten 208 partnership.
Next week the Green, who now lie in second place, travel to local side Eastnor in a bid to reduce the gap between themselves and league leaders Barnt Green CC.