7th May 2011 - Match Reports.
|Studley vs BGCC 2nds||
BGCC 1st XI vs Studley
Having travelled through some of the
heaviest rain seen for months the Green second eleven could hardly
believe that their inaugural Birmingham League match at Studley CC was
going to be on, let alone start on time. Losing the toss Skipper Judd
Doughty was in no way surprised to find himself batting on a very green
but hard looking deck.
On a day of firsts for newly promoted Barnards Green it was Phillip Harris who completed the most significant inaugural act as his sublime 103 not out set up the crushing defeat of league veterans Studley ably supported by an excellent bowling display in particular a six wicket haul for Kiwi import Matt McEwan. Heavy overnight rain delayed the start of the game by over an hour with the availability of a state of the art waterhog enabling the game to get underway with a minimal reduction in overs to 43 per side. Home skipper Williams lost the toss under brightening skies and despite the early loss of Golder LBW to former IPL player Singh Harris and Smedley formed a solid partnership with Smedley in a watchful mood contributing 25 from 63 balls. Ford fell 1st ball after replacing Smedley and it was left to McEwan(33) to provide valuable middle order ballast to Harris’ superbly paced innings. A mini clatter of wickets left the home side 166-7 with Harris just past fifty but with some ill discipline creeping into the visitors bowling and fielding Harris motored through the gears supported by Adam Binks who contributed 17no to a partnership of 72 as Harris brought up his fine hundred off the final ball of the innings.
reply got off the worst possible start as McEwan feathered the glove of
Ahmed who was caught down the legside by Binks off the first ball of the
innings. Little went right for the visitors from here on in as McEwan
with his tail up dismissed Hughes caught by Dovey beaten for pace on the
pull and Lewis whose stumps were sent cartwheeling for just 3. Poole
picked up a brace of wickets in an eye catching spell of 2-20(7)
including Stamenkovic caught sharply in the gully by McEwan for a
scrappy 9. The Green’s second Malvern old boy Dovey then struck twice in
quick succession to dismiss skipper Harris for 11 and Singh caught
behind for 22 (Studley’s highest individual score of the match). With
the weather closing in hearts were in mouths for several overs as the
home side worried that they would not complete the 25 overs to
constitute a game, however despite posturing from the visitors dressing
room that the weather was too inclement to continue the umpires kept the
players in the middle and a break in the clouds coincided with the
return of McEwan who first trapped Rose LBW and then delivered the final
rights to finish with 6-26 as Moss could do nothing but glove a well
directed short ball straight up in the air to Binks who completed a
simple catch to deliver the home side a well deserved 24 points. The
Green will take early heart from their first encounter but skipper
Williams was quick to point out that this was just the beginning of a
season long journey to establish themselves in the Birmingham League.
“All we can do now is enjoy this evening, train hard on Tuesday and go
to Oswestry next week and start again”.