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Having won the toss and elected to bowl first on beautiful looking track surrounded by a lush green outfield the Green did an excellent job in restricting the hosts to just 202 runs in their 50 over allocation. Tom Banks taking the new ball looked ring rusty (4-0-20-0) although made up for this in the field. Young Ryan Scullion bowled with pace, rhythm and aggression over his two spells and finished with (7-2-33-2) but the key to restricting runs appeared to be taking the pace off the ball. Tom Clack (7-0-20-1), with the keeper, Ashlea Brewer, standing up to the pegs, bowled a nagging line and the batsmen appeared happy to leave the majority of his deliveries, making the task of accumulating runs all the more harder. Later, Lewis Hooper (12-2-61-2) bowled well but found he was the target for the batsmen looking to post a competitive target as James Scullion (12.4-3-41-4) and Jack Cullity (7-3-15-1) squeezed the run-rate dry at the Church end of the ground. Both Scullion and Cullity bowled with knowledge and nous, for the latter –beyond his years, swinging and seaming the ball off a full length. Both of these bowlers were supported by some decent ground fielding and aggressive wicket keeping from Brewer.
After a nourishing tea (Hagley CC must be the only cricket tea in the land to include Bombay Mix as an integral part of the spread, marks are awarded for the unconventional and the cheese board was noted as a classy touch befitting the sourroundings) the Green opening pair of Judd Doughty and Andy Wheeler began the reply. Wheeler (45 with 44 coming in boundaries) hit the ball hard and smacked the medium pace attack of Allport, Beckerleg and Russell to all parts with the occasional hint of elegance. Doughty (18) played some tidy shots before departing to a chest high full toss caught on the leg-side, from the wrist spin bowling of Shaw. Wheeler perished in much the same fashion except his delivery has shoulder high and clearly should have been called a ‘no ball’. Tim Clarke (17) looked in good form until he missed a straight one from Shaw and the Green’s reply began to falter. Adam Greaves (67) provided the glue to stick a collapse together and batted with determination and class in equal measure to guide the innings close to the required target. Unfortunately no other batsmen was able to hang around long enough to make Greave’s hard work pay off. Greaves, forced to push the run rate on was finally bowled by Allport. The last 7 batsmen of Banks (0), Brewer (6), Clack (3), J.Scullion (0), Hooper(0), Cullity (9*) and R. Scullion (0) combined to score just 18 runs together ending the innings on 185, 18 painful runs short of victory with 10 overs left. Whilst credit must go to Hagley who are proving to be our bogey team, lessons in durability and endeavour must be learned by all of the Green batsmen, crease occupation can be as valuable as run scoring in certain circumstances. Next week we face a tough Redditch side at North End Lane and this week’s homework is batting practice. ‘Durability’ and ‘Endeavour’. Repeat 100 times.