6th September 2014 - Match Reports.

BGCC 1sts vs Wombourne  

Green move up to fifth with win over Wombourne


BGCC 1st XI travelled to Wombourne for the penultimate game of the 2014 season.


Captain Andy Ford won the toss and chose to field and the first over brought the first wicket as Rishe Umasuthan clean bowled Cartwright for 0. Alex Hepburn also struck in his first over as Miller edged one to keeper Ash Brewer also without scoring. Hudson joined Bartlett with the score on 11 for 2. Three maidens followed as the Wombourne batsmen played carefully.


A change of bowling brought Jon Dovey and Jack Mackintosh into the attack and both started with maidens. Hudson brought up the 50 as he hit a boundary off a no-ball in the 18th over. In an effort to break this now established partnership the Green turned to spin with the introduction of Andy Ford and George Rhodes. But the accumulation of runs continued and the partnership passed a hundred before Andy Ford made a double breakthrough. Firstly Hudson was caught at mid-on by Jack Mackintosh for 56. Then his partner Bartlett was caught by Andrew Curtis at short mid-wicket for 42.


With two new batsmen at the crease the Green continued with spin as both George Rhodes and Andy Ford bowled their 10 overs straight off.  In his final over Rhodes grabbed a wicket as Wombourne Captain Denham (3) was well caught by Alex Hepburn on the deep mid-wicket boundary.  Jon Dovey and Alex Hepburn returned to the attack with Wombourne on 137 for 5 and 10 overs remaining.  Williams could only watch as two more of his partners were sent back to the pavilion by Alex Hepburn. Elwell (0) was caught one-handed by Tim Williams as he reached up and back at mid-off.  Then young Worcestershire cricketer Rashid was clean bowled for 7 to leave Wombourne 156 for 7. This became 158 for 9 as both Williams (30) and Meek (0) fell lbw to Jon Dovey. The Wombourne innings came to an end, with the score on 165, soon after as Alex Hepburn trapped Edwards in front for 0 to finish with figures of 4-36.


Established opening partners George Rhodes and Andrew Curtis started confidently both hitting boundaries in the early overs. Curtis fell first when he edged one to keeper Meek off Denham for 13. The Green were always ahead of the run rate and Rhodes brought up the 50 with a fine straight drive for 4. Wombourne changed the bowling with Hussain and Miller replacing Rashid and Denham. Miller made immediate impact as Alex Hepburn charged down the wicket, missed the ball and was clean bowled for 10. Rhodes had batted well for his 31 when he chased a wide one and he too was caught behind by Meek off Hussain.


This brought Andy Ford to join in-form Alex Milton with the score 65 for 3. Ford hit a giant 6 off his first ball but misjudged one that kept low from Hussain and was  bowled for 9. Ash Brewer joined Milton who was batting with maturity. Milton took the Green passed 100 in the 27th over with a glorious front foot drive for four. This pair had taken the score to 120 when Brewer was caught and bowled for 21 as he tried his signature clip over mid-wicket but skied it to bowler Miller. Bartlett joined the attack and Denham came back on for his second spell and it was he trapped Golder lbw for 11.


Jon Dovey came in at 8 with 30 runs needed off 17 overs so only wickets could keep Wombourne in the game. Milton pulled one for four to take the score passed 150 in the 37th over. Dovey edged one from Denham to give the captain his third wicket and Meek his third catch. Milton’s match-winning innings finally came to the end with him just short of a half century – he was trapped lbw by Denham for 46. With only 9 needed but only 2 wickets remaining the travelling BGCC fans were a little nervous. But Rishe Umasuthan and Tim Williams took the Green to victory, with the latter hitting two boundaries to finish the game in style. The Green’s 20 points see them rise to fifth place with one game remaining.