8th September 2007 - Match reports.

Droitwich vs BGCC 2nd XI

BGCC 1stXI vs Malvern

The green travelled to champions elect Droitwich hoping to end a three match losing run, stand in captain Ian Scullion won the toss and asked the home side to bat first.The veteran pair of Chris Hill and Ian Scullion  opened the bowling and proceeded to strangle the run scoring with only 28 runs coming off the first 13 overs, Scullion bowled Wright to finish with figures of 1 for 21 off 10 overs and Hill finished wicketless but only conceded 11 runs, his replacement Tom Clack took 2 wickets bowling Williams for 24 and Talbot for 4, Lewis Hooper bowled probably his best spell of the season taking 5 for 27 after he had Scott-Walker stumped for 11 and Davies caught for 25  the rest of the Droitwich batsmen offered very little resistance, as Judd Doughty 2 for 5 and Hooper mopped up the tail leaving Droitwich 88 all-out.
A youthful opening pair of Jon Lewis and James Scullion  did not last long with Scullion caught for one and Lewis runout ambling a second run for 4, Paul Drinkwater and Paul Yorke made short work of obtaining the runs Drinkwater finished 19no and Yorke 64no , Yorke was severe on all the bowlers hitting his 50 in 25 balls , and smashing 9 fours and 3 sixes in his unbeaten 64. The green gained 20 points to finish in a midtable position .
Many thanks to all supporters who have followed the green this season , and appreciation to all matchday sponsors

On the final day of the season Barnards Green hosted local rivals Malvern at North End Lane. With the Green already crowned champions and Malvern safe from relegation both sides could have been forgiven for showing signs of complacency however early exchanges showed that the local rivalry was enough to gee up both sides.
Malvern were asked to bat first by home skipper Smedley and were soon trouble as the in form Matthew Brookes captured the early wickets of Bendall for 0 and Baugh for 13. When his swing disappeared it was left to Hoogstraten to continue an economical start. This was not achieved, however he did pick up 2 wickets for 24 in his 4 over spell including the scalp of Francis who was caught like a rabbit in the headlights offering no stroke and was adjudged plumb LBW. Adam Dovey was the big kiwis other scalp showing some promise before perishing for a well made 24.
It was left to spin to finish proceedings as Ford and Smedley combined to take the final 5 wickets for 82 runs with the other wicket going to Williams. Smedley was the pick of the spinners with 3-10 off his 11 overs.
Ball with 39 and Dimond 24 the only notable contributions in score of 194 all out.
After the tea time presentation of the Division 2 Champions shield Golder and Williams strode to the crease to set about the run chase. Golder was brutal on the opening attack and forced the bowler into a number of errors as he struck boundary after boundary in his assault against the total. When Williams fell for 5 the scoreboard had advanced to a staggering 84. Young gun Liam Paddock joined Golder and again looked assured at the crease as he crafted another mature innings. Golder finally perished for 88 bowled by Lee having forged another partnership of 80.
The final nails in the coffin were hammered in by former Rambler Mark Hooper who combined with Paddock to see the Green home with a massive 14 overs remaining. Paddock finishing yet again tantalizingly short of a milestone on
49 not out.

Malvern 194 all out
BGCC 195. Golder 88, Paddock 49*