5th July 2014 - Match Reports.

BGCC 2nds vs Eastnor.  

Emphatic win over Eastnor for Green 2nd XI


Barnards Green 2nd XI hosted local rivals Eastnor with the home team seeking their first win of the season buoyed by a good performance against Stratford.


Eastnor won the toss and chose to field. Openers Tom Banks and James Scullion started confidently with several boundaries in the first few overs off Runciman and Hurrell. Unfortunately Runciman couldn’t complete his 3rd over and Howie took over and Emery replaced Hurrell. The batsmen continued at a good run rate taking the score passed 50 in the 12th over. The partnership was finally broken with the score on 69 when Scullion was adjudged lbw for 26 off Howie. Banks was joined by Georgia Hennessy, who got off the mark quickly with two boundaries off Howie. This brought about a double change of bowling for Eastnor as Ahmed and Brindley joined the attack. This slowed the run rate slightly but the Green still passed 100 in the 20th over.


Banks fell next trying to hit Ahmed over the in-field but was caught by Brindley at mid-on for 36. This brought Roget Thompson to the crease and both batters took time to adjust to the Eastnor bowlers. Just as the run rate began to climb again Hennessy was given out lbw for 27 off Ahmed. This left the Green 129 for 3 after 30 overs, as Thompson was joined by Birmingham League debutant Robert Wilson. Thompson took the lead and accelerated hitting multiple boundaries as he progressed towards his half century – indeed he brought up his 50 in style with a giant 6 over the scoreboard. Wilson was next out as he edged one from Beale to keeper Thorpe; he scored 8 but was part of a valuable partnership of 60 with Thompson.


Captain Lewis Hooper came to the crease and was soon joined by Monzur Ahmed as Thompson was bowled by Hurrell for 57 – this included 8 fours and 2 sixes and came off only 70 balls. With 10 overs to go and the Green on 190 Hooper was determined to push on to a big total. He brought up the 200 with a huge six off Beale,  Monzur also hit a six but was caught soon after by Brindley at long-on for 7 off Hurrell. Hooper hit Hurrell for two more sixes then unfortunately miss-hit one going for yet another massive hit. It looped up, to be plucked out of the air one-handed by the bowler Hurrell – Hooper’s quick-fire 28 came off just 14 balls. Tanbir Ahmed and Shane Thompson came together on 230 for 7 with 4 overs remaining. Thompson carried on the big-hitting with 2 sixes and a four off Beale. He finished on 21 not out off 15 balls – well supported by Tanbir 15 not out off 19 balls. With 44 coming off the last 4 overs BGCC were very happy with their 274 for 7 off 50 overs.


Eastnor started their innings needing five and a half runs an over. Shane Thompson opened the bowling and started with a wicket maiden – as Captain Roberts edged one to Lewis Hooper at second slip. Beale tried to make an aggressive start hitting two fours but misjudged a ball from James Scullion and skying it to be well caught by Robert Wilson at mid-off. Ahmed and Emery batted more sensibly and took Eastnor passed 50 in the 17th over. Lewis Hooper made a double bowling change bringing on himself and Georgia Hennessey. This had immediate impact as Hennessy also started with a wicket maiden, as she clean bowled Emery for 19. Hurrell joined Ahmed and although he hit Hennessy for two boundaries she got revenge as he holed out to Roger Thompson at mid-on for 10.


Eastnor’s 69-4 became 72-6 as Hooper took two wickets – Loveridge was caught by Banks at cow corner for 2 and Mahmood was clean bowled first ball. The key wicket for the Green was Ahmed and it was Hennessy who took it as he was bowled for 31 - his innings showed maturity well beyond his age of 14. With the score on 80-7 with 23 overs remaining Eastnor were fighting a losing battle. Howie batted confidently hitting several boundaries but wickets continued to fall. Hooper tempted Brindley (1) into a drive and he chipped one up to Hennessy at short cover. Monzur Ahmed came on to bowl and he too took a wicket in his first over as Howie was caught by Banks for 27. This left Thorpe and the injured Runciman (with a runner) 19 overs to bat out. They lasted 5 more overs before Hooper grabbed his fourth wicket as Thorpe (9) was caught by Monzur. Eastnor were bowled out for 127 in the 37th over giving the Green as well-deserved 24 points to take them above Eastnor in the table.