Barnards Green Cricket Club.Match Reports.



September 4th 2005

BGCC Sunday 2nd XI vs Bewdley
The Green cantered to an eight wicket victory over Bewdley at North End Lane in their final Sunday league fixture of the season. On a muggy afternoon with just the merest hint of a zephyr providing limited relief for the fielding team, the Green’s skipper Marek Wajzer won the toss and inserted the opposition in to bat on another Roy Mayo belter. The Green’s new ball attack of Anshuman and Scullion (1- 42) delivered another tight opening spell for their team. Anshuman (2 – 14) continued his run of good form with the ball, conceding only 14 runs and removing both openers cheaply, clean bowling Tristram for a duck and having Brown (5) flamboyantly taken in the covers by the under utilised Cyril Dean. Change bowlers Adam Price coming in off a shortened run-up and Jamie Longmore (1 – 26) continued to restrict the Bewdley run rate below three an over, with Longmore having Mills (6) caught at square leg by Higgs.
Moses batting at three anchored the Bewdley innings with a top score of 85, but was hampered by an inability to hit the ball of the square for the first half of his innings. Wickets tumbled regularly at the other end throughout with only Cowdrey (34) reaching double figures. Leg spinner John Sherliker (1 - 22) replacing Price was unable to extract significant turn from the wicket but did an excellent containing job in his seven over stint. A lacklustre Hill was unable to make an impression at the other end. It was left to Scullion to close out the innings partnered by left arm seamer Wajzer (3 – 17) who produced another useful closing spell, having Moses caught at extra cover by Scullion, and two stumpings by the big cobra Graham Glendinning accounting for Roseman and Cowdrey. The Bewdley innings finally closed at a very attainable 176 for 8. This was another excellent all round bowling and fielding performance by the Green, with James Scullion particularly impressive at extra cover.
The Green’s reply got off to an indifferent start when a soporific Sherliker was caught behind first ball, prodding at a delivery well outside off stump from Roseman that should have been left. From then on Simon Cooke (61) and Chris Hill (79 n.o.) were in commanding form, blitzing successive opposition bowlers out of the attack. The watching crowd was treated to a compendium of powerful shots hit both sides of the wicket, with Cook particularly severe on anything overpitched. Both batsmen raced to their half centuries to much acclaim from the crowd and their delighted team mates. With the Green in sight of the finishing line, Cook was finally caught at mid off. Matt Higgs (8 n.o.) pulled the curtain down on proceedings, smashing the winning boundary in only the 27th over, leaving a sizeable chunk of the evening free for imbuing coronas in the pavilion.