5th August 2007 - Match reports.

BGCC Sunday 2nds vs Himley



Summer finally came to Northend Lane on Sunday, bringing with it a large and friendly band of Himley supporters who would enjoy an excellent game of cricket in the sunshine.
The Green, although missing a number of their regular stalwarts through injury, were still able to field a strong looking team. Losing the toss Skipper Marek Wajzer was understandably asked to field first on the hottest day of the year so far.
The Green’s opening bowlers both failed to make any inroads into a solid Himley opening partnership of Naylor and Jones and it was left to first change, Anshuman, appearing in his last match for The Green, to finally break the partnership having Naylor (22) well caught at point by Sam Bradley. Shortly after he also accounted for Jones (40) who was trapped LBW by a ball which kept a little low.
The new pairing of Fyje and Brown soon found the gentle medium pace of The Green’s bowling attack to their liking and the run-rate started to climb as batting became easier.
Green Skipper Wajzer, without any of his regular stop bowlers to stem the tide, turned first to Jack Wheeler who, despite bowling a mixture of full tosses and long hops, was surprisingly effective at slowing the rate and then to the rapidly improving youngster, Jack Cullity who picked up the wicket of the dangerous Fyje (42 ).
With useful bowling contributions from Skipper Wajzer and Simon Ball who bowled with controlled aggression throughout his 6 over spell, Himley were finally restricted to 204 for 3 off their 40 overs, with Brown and Reeves on 41 not out and 32 not out respectively.

After another sumptuous BGCC tea young Simon Ball and the more experienced Paul Yorke opened for The Green and seemed determined to dominate the Himley attack from the start. Ball looked impressive as he produced a mixture of delicate leg-glances and more agricultural, but equally effective swipes and Yorke waited patiently for the bad ball which was inevitably despatched to the boundary. These two stayed together until the 16th over, both having passed the 50 mark, and putting on 129 for the first wicket. A rapidly tiring Simon Ball was eventually bowled by Tromans for an exciting 54. Dave Marshall (5) seemed confident in his support of Yorke before being caught at mid-wicket and when Yorke eventually perished just 2 short of his century The Green were in sight of victory needing just 26 more runs.
Ashley Brewer, making his first appearance as a teenager for the Sunday side, failed to trouble the scorers and it was left to Anshuman ( 27*) and Adam Price (4*) to see The Green home.

An appreciative crowd retired to the bar to reflect on a good afternoon’s entertainment from a match played in just the right spirit.

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