BARNARDS GREEN CRICKET CLUB
8th June 2014 - Match Reports.
Successful Sunday of Cup Cricket as Ford leads from the front
After a wash-out on Saturday it took hard work from groundsman Roy Mayo and many of the players to enable both T20 games to take place on Sunday.
In the first game BGCC faced Birmingham Premier League Himley in the quarter-final of the Worcestershire Cricket League Knockout Cup. Himley won the toss and chose to field. Phil Harris and Ash Brewer opened for the Green and both were soon back in the pavilion courtesy of Smith. First Brewer was bowled for 0 then Harris was caught at mid-off by Wright for 10. George Rhodes and Andy Ford came together with the Green 14-2 off 3 overs. Smith continued to keep it tight with successive maidens but the batsmen were able to score more freely off Hopkin. Both opening bowlers completed their allocated four overs without further breakthrough as the Green passed 50 in the 10th over. Turner replaced Smith and Himley Captain Wright brought himself on with immediate effect as Rhodes came down the track and missed it – stumped for 10 by keeper Whittaker.
This brought Mark Hardinges to the crease and he and Ford upped the Green’s run rate. There were few dot balls as they rotated the strike and Ford hit three huge sixes. Eventually Ford hit one too many in the air and was caught by Fedee off Turner. His 42 came off just 28 balls and included 4 fours and 3 sixes. Kev Golder joined Hardinges and hit one six before being bowled by Brown for 9 – leaving the Green 96 for 5 with 6 overs remaining.
Elliot Hennessy came in at 7 and he and Hardinges kept the scoreboard ticking over and Hardinges hit Turner for two fine sixes. In the final over with the score on 131 Fedee clean bowled Hardinges for 37 – which included 2 fours and 2 sixes. Jamie Tapper was stumped second ball so it was left to Hennessy and Rishe Umasuthan to finish the innings. They took the score to 140 for 7 off the allotted 20 – Hennessy finished not out 11 and Umasuthan not out 5.
Himley’s batsmen Dhillion and Round both struggled to get Mark Hardinges away but took several boundaries of Phil Harris. Andy Ford replaced Harris and made a breakthrough in his first over as Round holed out to Kev Golder on the mid-wicket boundary for a run-a-ball 16. Next over Jon Dovey’s first ball trapped Dhillion lbw also for 16. Himley were 32-2 in the 7th over as Fedee was joined by Wright. This soon became 41-4 as Ford struck twice in successive overs. Wright (1) was caught behind by Ash Brewer as he got a top edge whilst trying a reverse sweep, then Wedge was caught by Dovey for a duck.
Dovey’s third over brought two wickets, first Hussain was cleaned bowled then a direct hit from Mark Hardinges ran-out Fedee for 9. Whittaker and Turner took the score to 70 before Jack Mackintosh made two breakthroughs. Turner was caught behind by Brewer for 8 then Brown hit his first ball straight to Harris. Smith survived the hat-trick ball and he and Whittaker both hit sixes in a desperate attempt to get Himley somewhere near their target. Mackintosh struck again as top-scorer Whittaker was caught by Rishe Umasuthan for 23. Himley were bowled out for 96 in the 19th over as Hopkin snicked one to keeper Brewer off Umasuthan for 1. Barnards Green’s comfortable victory is rewarded by a visit to Worcestershire’s New Road ground for finals day on August 24th.
The second game brought Tamworth to North End Lane in the National T20 Competition. Andy Ford won the toss and chose to bat. Again both Ash Brewer and Phil Harris fell early. First Harris was bowled by Onions for 8 then Talbot bowled Brewer for 1 – leaving the Green 9-2. Mark Hardinges and George Rhodes alternated singles and boundaries. Hardinges hit a huge six off Onions but next ball holed out to McNulty for 17.
Captain Andy Ford came to the crease with the Green 38-3 in the eighth over. He and Rhodes built momentum with Ford in particular hitting out. With the score on 105 their partnership of 67 was finally broken when Ford was caught by Fearn off Flower for 35. 105-4 became 115-6 as first Rhodes was trapped lbw by Nield for 36 then Kev Golder (3) was caught by Taylor off Burrows. Elliot Hennessy, Tom Clack and Jon Dovey combined to take the score to 126-7 in the 20 overs.
The Green took to the field knowing they would need to bowl and field well to constrict Tamworth – traditionally a strong batting side. Burrows took 11 off Mark Hardinges’ first over but Phil Harris followed that with a maiden. Hardinges then made a double breakthrough as he had the dangerous Talbot caught by Rhodes at mid-off then trapped Flower lbw both for ducks.
As the skies darkened Himley had taken their total to 24 when Burrows fell – lbw to Harris for 15. A heavy shower meant a short break but luckily play could resume. The Green bowlers were on top from then on with wickets falling at regular intervals. Jon Dovey took 3 wickets in 3 overs – Taylor caught Hardinges for 14, Maddox lbw for 8 and McNulty lbw for 2. Himley were struggling on 66-6 after 11 – ample overs remaining but rapidly running out of wickets.
Andy Ford brought himself on and, after an expensive first over, grabbed two wickets in 2 overs – Fearn (4) caught by Lewis Loader and Nield (4) caught by Elliot Hennessy. Harris chipped in with his second wicket as Maynard (2) gave Hardinges another catch, and he himself finished the innings with a third wicket when he clean bowled Onions for 5. Himley were bowled out for 84 in the 17th over.