9th June 2007 - Match reports.

Brockhampton vs BGCC 2nd XI


BGCC 1st XI vs Luctonians

The Green travelled to the picturesque Herefordshire ground of Brockhampton on a sweltering humid day, once again the green lost the vital toss and were asked to bat on a straw like wicket.James Scullion and Mark Hooper put on 43 for the first wicket when Scullion was unlucky to be bowled off his pads Nic Rogers was adjudged leg before with out scoring, Tim Clarke once again managed to find the only fielder in a large out field when looking well set, Tom Clack scored 6 before he offered a simple caught and bowled,all this time Mark Hooper was compiling runs with ease until he was caught for a fine 56 leaving the green 116 for 5 after 33 overs, Steve Metcalfe hit a typically aggressive 42 with the help of two big sixes he added the impetus the greens innings needed, he was well supported by Lewis Hooper 33 who looked as if he was coming back into form, then the innings was completed with the dependable Matt Brookes 18no and Phil Spencer 10no, the greens total was 205 for 7, only the second time this season they had passed the 200 runs needed for maximum batting points.For Brockhampton Jacobs bowled 19 overs 2 for 63 and Macklin took 4 for 66 off 15 overs.
In reply Brockhampton struggled against the improving Sam Spencer and the king of swing Matt Brookes after twenty overs Brockhampton were on 35 for 3, with the dangerous Cook back in the pavilion for a patient 29, with the two opening bowlers tiring runs became easier to score Brookes bowled a fine spell of 3 for 24 off 15 overs, he was replaced by Spencer snr who struggled to bowl his normally tight line but continued to plug away and take vital wickets in his spell of 15 overs finishing with 3 for 51.Brockhamptons innings was struggling to gain momentum only Jacobs who batted with a mixture of solid defence and a big boundary shots, he rode his luck to make a fine 96 before he became Sam Spencer's second wicket in a fine spell of 13 overs taking 2 for 36 . Brockhampton managed to hold on with 8 wickets down and finishing with 190.
Another winning draw for the improving seconds hopefully they can win the toss at the ninth attempt when they entertain struggling Bromyard on saturday.

On a fine June afternoon at North End Lane, Barnards Green’s Chris Smedley won the toss and elected to bat.
The visitors Old Luctonians used the early swing removing Rich Williams (10) caught down the legside. Paddock joined the heavy scoring Golder who began to cut loose hitting the boundary on both sides of the wicket, continuing his early season form.
Paddock (23) perished softly after a flurry of drives and Smedley followed much the same way at mid off after a rapid-fire 25.
The prolific Golder utilised the fine pitch and weather conditions, to accelerate the innings, reaching his 3rd century of the summer in fine style. He made 125 before being removed by Davies (5-58), with the score at 245.
Support from the exciting young Harris 39, the fluent Ford 39 not out and dynamic Drinkwater 24 added momentum to the innings, allowing Smedley to declare after just 45 overs, with the score at 335.
Early Downes and Hoogstraten wickets ensured the depleted Luctonians line up, never really challenged the Green total. Tim Williams replacing the injured Downes then blew away the middle order, finishing with fine figures of (5-47).
Ford again polished off the tail, with Luctonians 209 runs short, resulting in another excellent 24 points for the Green