7th September 2013 - Match Report.



BGCC 1st XI travelled the short distance to Ombersley hoping to consolidate their position in the top four, while their opponents needed a win to avoid relegation.


Andy Ford won the toss and chose to bat first on a sunny and breezy afternoon with the threat of showers hanging over the game. Jon Dovey and Mark Hooper made a steady start with Dovey scoring quicker of the two. The score had reached 41 when Hooper (11) edged one from Ted Bayliss to keeper Ollie Steele. Dovey fell next, in Bayliss’s next over, when he mistimed a hook to be caught by Krishall Magage at fine leg for 25. Alex Milton came and went for 1 bowled by Magage to leave the Green 51 for 3.


Ombersley turned to spin with the introduction of Neil Slade and Brett D’Oliveira. D’Oliveira’s first four overs were 2 maidens and 2 wicket maidens, as first he had Kev Golder caught by his brother Marcus at cover for 3, then caught and bowled Andy Ford also for 3. Ash Brewer joined Alex Hepburn with the score on 68 for 5; this soon became 95 for 7 as Slade took two wickets. First Brewer was caught by Gwynne at backward square leg for 8 then Graeme Cessford skied one to be caught at cover by Nick Hammond for 4. Liam Smith and Tim Williams both fell to D’Oliveira without scoring, Smith was caught by Gwynne at cover and Williams was lbw. D’Oliveira finished with 10 overs 4 maidens 4 for 15. This brought Blair Kingsland to the crease to join Hepburn with 11 overs remaining. This partnership had added 26 when Hepburn was caught by Harwood at mid-wicket off Arti Fiaz for a creditable 45. BGCC were bowled out for 127 in the 46th over leaving Kingsland 17 not out.


The Green took to the field knowing they would need to replicate their excellent bowling performance from the return fixture earlier in the season to have a chance of winning the game. Ombersley openers Ollie Steele and Liam Gwynne started confidently despite the best efforts of bowlers Graeme Cessford and Liam Smith and all the fielders. The partnership was finally broken with the score on 37, when Steele was caught behind by Ash Brewer of Smith for 18.


Nick Hammond joined Gwynne and this pair accumulated runs at a steady pace without giving any chances. The 50 came up in the 14th over with a straight drive for 4 from Gwynne this was despite a despairing slide from Kingsland which ended with him hitting the sightscreen. This typified the effort BGCC showed in the field, and several other boundaries were saved by some excellent sliding stops.


Captain Andy Ford rotated the bowlers in an effort to make the breakthrough but the partnership continued – bringing up the 100 in the 26th over. Hammond was eventually dismissed with the score on 112 when he was smartly stumped by Brewer off a leg-side wide from Alex Hepburn. Brett D’Oliveira (2 not out) joined Gwynne and this pair saw Ombersley home with 19 overs to spare. Ombersley finished 128 for 2 and Gwynne was 59 not out. Ombersley’s 20 points secure Division 1 cricket next season and BGCC sit 5th with one game to go.