BARNARDS GREEN CRICKET CLUB
10th May 2014 - Match Report.
|BGCC 1sts vs Moseley||BGCC 3rd vs West Malvern|
George Rhodes had a winning debut as Captain as BGCC took 20 points for the second week running.
Rhodes won the toss and with rain in the air chose to field first. After an early rain break Liam Smith returned to the side with a bang taking two early wickets. Dangerous overseas Talbot miss-timed a pull shot and was safely caught by Tapper at mid-off for 13 then Moseley’s other opener Shabir was clean bowled for 5. 28 for 2 became 41 for 4 as Mark Hardinges trapped both Patel (14) and Hafeez (2) lbw.
Ali Awan and Chase steadied the ship and the 50 was reached in the 13th over with a four through mid-off from Awan. This pair had taken the total in when Jon Dovey broke the partnership as Awan nicked one behind to keeper Ash Brewer for 24. Jono Watts fell lbw soon after for 0 off Hepburn bringing Recordo Gordon to the crease. He and chase built the strongest partnership of the innings as they both hit boundaries – including 2 sixes over mid-wicket from Gordon off Rhodes.
It was Dovey again who took the key wickets of both these batsmen. Chase was caught by Smith at mid-on for 24 before Gordon miss-hit one to Alex Milton for 34 of 36 balls. This left Moseley 133 for 8 still with 17 overs to bat.
Hardinges and Smith both returned to grab their 3rd wickets, Smith clean bowled Tom Watts (0) and Hardinges had Eburah caught by Milton at backward point for 1. Moseley were 139 all out in the 36th over meaning the Green had the full 50 overs to bat despite the rain break.
Gordon’s first over was entertaining, Rhodes hit his first ball for 4 off an no-ball then dispatched the free hit into the garden at cow corner for 6. Gordon went for 33 off his first 3 overs including 6 no-balls! Rhodes and Adam Dovey built another strong partnership of 46 before Tom Watts trapped Dovey lbw for 6.
Alex Hepburn joined Rhodes and the Green progressed assuredly – always well ahead of the run-rate of 2.78. Hepburn brought up the 50 in the 10th over with a fine drive through mid-on for 4. Captain Watts rotated the bowlers in an attempt to unsettle the batsmen without success. A short rain break followed and the Green’s target was reduced to 128 off 46 overs.
Gordon returned to the attack with immediate effect as Rhodes was clean bowled by a fine yorker just 4 short of his half century. The score was on 105 for 2 in the 24th over when the rain came again; this led to the revised target being set at 114 of 41 overs. BGCC needed just one more over to finish the game Hepburn hit two boundaries to end up 40 not out. Another 20 points leaves the Green sitting top of the table after 3 games – 1 point ahead of next week’s opponents Ombersley.
The bank holiday weekend will be very busy for Barnards Green. There is a full league schedule on the Saturday with the 1st XI hosting local rivals Bromsgrove, the 2nd XI making the short trip to Old Elizabethans and the 3rd / 4th XIs playing Hanley Castle & Upton. On the Sunday we hold our annual Six-a-side competition – all spectators welcome as local sports teams including Powick FC, Malvern Radar and Malvern Town join our own teams in a battle for bragging rights. On the Monday BGCC travel to Halesowen for the next round of the County Cup.
Barnards green welcomed local rivals West Malvern to a well prepared Newland ground.
After persistent rain throughout the week the ground staff managed to get the pitch in A1 condition.
With winds touching 40mph on the Anemometer Captain Jez Clarke won the toss and asked Peter O’Connell’s men to bat first. With conditions a bit bleak Clarke turned to his more experienced opening attack of Tim Williams and Matt Brookes. It wasn’t long before wickets and bails were flying in all directions. Williams bowled a good line and length and was at his dangerous when asked to come back for a 2nd spell when West Malvern were 7 down and finished with figures of 4/23.
Meanwhile at the other end Brookes was having trouble running into the wind but finally found a rhythm and took the wickets of Lloyd 19 and the trapped Wright lbw 13 and finished 2/31.
With the score at 51/5 the Green were in complete control and turned to their all-rounder Chris Smedley. He looked a little rusty bowling half trackers and the odd full toss but the experience soon took over and finished with figures of 2/21. Clarke then threw the ball to overseas Stuart Hepburn who was the pick of the bowlers and was rewarded when he had R Lloyd caught behind with a tidy display of keeping from young Jack Dickenson . The Green finished off the tail and bowled West Malvern out for 98.
With a quick turn around and the teas not ready Jez Clarke and Chris Hill took to the crease with real intent to get the job done. Hill played some lovely strokes and looked the most dominant of the opening pair. It was Clarke that fell first for 15 clean bowled by Gammon. In at 3 was Tim Clarke who took a while to get to the pace of the wicket but soon found the boundary on several occasions. The Green then lost Hill 17 after a leg glance to square leg caught well by Chaundy. Then the Green seemed to lose momentum and lost the wickets of Hepburn and Dan Metcalfe without really troubling the scorer. So it was left to Tim Clarke and Kevin Ratcliffe to finish the job and earn the Green 20pts and sit top of the table.
Next Saturday Barnards Green welcome Barnt Green to Newland with a 13.00 start.