5th July 2008 - Match Reports.

BGCC IV XI vs Burghill and Tillington  Astwood Bank vs BGCC 2nd XI

High winds and persistent showers could not curtail a 7 wicket victory for the Green 4ths on Saturday as they entertained Burghill & Tillington at Newland. With one eye on the weather, stand in skipper Dick Brown invited the visitors to bat first and this appeared a good decision at 4 for 2 with opening bowlers Ian Alley and young Jack Cullity picking up a wicket a piece.  Rob Lewis then bowled Blandford for 9 and Cullity picked up his second wicket caught by Cyril Dean, one of 4 catches including an excellent one behind the stumps before the arrival of regular keeper Ashlea Brewer.  Oliver and DeSouza showed stubborn resistance before Dave Price accounted for both and then Jamie Longmore dismissed the dangerous Anderson for 19.  Price picked up his third wicket before Burghills innings ended on 157.

In reply, Brewer and Lewis opened the innings and took the score to 31 before Brewer was caught behind for 13, enter the gladiator and Cyril Dean sensing a more prolonged downpour was imminent, he took the bowling to task for a majestic 91 with Lewis picking up quick singles to keep the scoreboard ticking over.  When Deans wicket fell, Harry Pleass tried to finish the encounter with a mighty blow but was caught without scoring, but birthday boy Dick Brown, still recovering from 60th birthday celebrations whipped the ball away for four to give the Green victory and 20 valuable points just as the heavy rain set in. 

Many thanks to the ground team for an excellent wicket and to match day sponsors Clarke Roxburgh Insurance Services. 

With the weather forecast not very encouraging Barnards Green seconds travelled to top of the table Astwood Bank,on arrival the wicket had green patches due to water leaking under the covers and it looked like a good toss to win. Once again the captain chose the wrong option and the home captain had no hesitation in asking the green to bat first. Paul Yorke and Jez Clarke opened the innings and soon realised batting would not be easy as opening bowler Jonno Gordon was able to make the ball go head high from off a length. Yorke got his usual quick 20 then got out, James Curtis's run of form came to an abrupt end when he was caught in the covers, Lewis Hooper only last a brief time at the crease, this brought together Paul Drinkwater and the solid Jez Clarke, they put on a fifty partnership in 36 minutes then Clarke was adjudged LBW for a fine battling 50. The visitors had reached 143 for 4 off 30 over's and were handily placed but a batting collapse losing Metcalfe,  Drinkwater for a fine 55,Matt Brookes for 6, Spencer snr hit 20 before he played on quickly followed by the rest of the batting line up.The Green were all out for 195 in the 42nd over, it was unclear if this was a high enough total, it probably would of been had they used all their allotted over's. Home Bowler Jonno Gordon bowled unchanged for 21 over's taking 5 for 70, using the unpredictable pitch to fine effect.

The home side had a target of 196 from their now 58 over's, opening bowlers Matt Brookes and Sam Spencer carried on from last week hitting a good line and length making it very difficult for the home teams strong batting line-up to get any momentum. After ten over's their score was 3 for 1, after 20 over's they were 33 for 3, with the new ball losing its shine due to the constant drizzle which was now falling it became easier for the batting side. The experienced Melliard and Alexander took advantage of the now rain sodden ball and attempted to get Astwood Bank into a match winning position, but after 37 over's the rain became too heavy and the game called off, with the home side 133 for 4 , although they probably would of obtained the winning total as Melliard 60no and Alexander 33no were in full flow, the impressive bowling of Brookes and Spencer had been so accurate that they had become too far behind the run rate needed to gain the winning draw, Brookes finished with figures of 15 over's 3 for 37 and Spencer finishing with 1 for 25 off 12 over's.

The Green gained 12 points and Astwood Bank 7, which now leaves the green only 22 points off top spot.