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10th August 2013 - Match Reports.

Dorridge vs BGCC 1sts

Deadly Dovey destroys Dorridge


Catches win matches is a phrase which sums up the game between BGCC 1st XI and Dorridge. Dorridge were comfortable winners earlier in the season but with the Green siting fifth and Dorridge second a closer game was on the cards.


Dorridge captain Kasir Shah won the toss and chose to field clearly hoping that their strong batting line-up could chase down whatever the Green set them. With overcast skies and stiff breeze Dorridge bowlers definitely had the weather on their side. Openers Mark Hooper and Adam Dovey had their work cut out early on and Dovey was dropped at slip early on, off pick of the bowlers Matt McGillivray. It was Hooper who fell first bowled by Kasir Shah for 2; 16 for 1 then became 32 for 3 as McGillivray clean bowled Alex Hepburn for 1 and had Dovey caught behind for 22. Mark Hardinges fell early too when he played on to give McGillivray his 3rd wicket leaving the Green 46 for 4 with Alex Milton and captain Andy Ford at the wicket.


Ford rode his luck early on surviving being dropped twice in the slips as the Green passed 50 in the 20th over then accelerated to 100 in the 29th over when Ford hit a straight drive for 4. Milton played another mature innings rotating the strike and allowing Ford to score more freely off first-change bowlers David Ball and Ali Ebad. Ford reached his 50 with a late cut for 4. Dorridge turned to the spin of Iftikhar Ahmad and Qasim Shah and in the 37th over the 100 partnership came up with four byes before Milton hit a four to cow corner to bring up the 150.


The partnership of 106 was finally broken when Ford was caught by McGillivray at deep mid-wicket for 70 off Ahmad. His impressive innings came off only 66 balls and included 11 fours. Graeme Cessford made a rapid 7 before being caught by Ebad at extra cover off Jonathon Webb. Milton reached 50 before Jon Dovey fell cheaply caught by Qasim Shah off Ahmad. This brought Ash Brewer in to join Milton with BGCC 174 for 7 with 11 overs remaining. This pair had taken the score to 188 when Milton fell on 55 dismissed in a bizarre fashion given out hit wicket off Webb, as he kicked his wicket when playing a cut shot.


Brewer and new batsman Liam Smith took the score past 200 in the 51st over as Webb went for 13 including the only 6 of the innings over cow corner from Brewer. McGillivray returned to the attack and claimed the wicket of Smith clean bowled for 6 and his figures of 4-37 could have been better without the dropped catches earlier in the innings. The Green had reached 213 when Blair Kingsland was last man out lbw for 5 off Ahmad. This left Brewer not out 22 and with one over left unused so Dorridge faced the task of 214 to win off 56 overs.


As the sun came out openers Valeed Butt and Jonathon Webb must have felt confident as they had scored 52 and 107 respectively in the first game between the teams. But this was a very different BGCC bowling attack. Returning from Worcestershire duty Graeme Cessford looked sharp and they also faced in-from Liam Smith. Webb got off the mark with a beautiful 6 flicked effortlessly off his legs over deep mid-wicket off Smith. But the youngster got his sweet revenge a few overs later when he clean bowled him for 15. David Ball with 3 centuries in 4 innings fell early to Cessford when Hooper at extra cover ran, dived and caught a spectacular one handed catch. Smith struck again as Matt McGillivray snicked one to be caught by a diving Mark Hardinges at second slip.


This brought youngster Oliver Haley to the crease and he looked nervous against both seamers. Hardinges replaced Smith as Butt looked dangerous and it took another change, bringing Jon Dovey on, to make the important breakthrough. He trapped Butt lbw for exactly 50 to leave Dorridge wobbling on 86 for 4. Captain Kasir Shah joined Haley and also didnt look comfortable against Dovey. Dorridge passed 100 with a four through mid-wicket from Shah. Dovey grabbed his second wicket as Haley also fell lbw for a steady 18.


Blair Kingsland replaced Hardinges and both he and Dovey stifled both batsmen as the run rate slowed. The pressure told as Kasir Shah, on 9, tried to hit Dovey over the top but Ford at mid-wicket jumped and plucked it out of the air to give Dovey his third wicket. Ali Ebad hit a giant 6 over deep extra cover off Kingsland but the next over his big hitting was his undoing as he was caught by Smith on the long leg boundary for 18 to give Dovey his fourth wicket. His five-for was soon complete as Iftikhar Ahmad was spectacularly caught by keeper Brewer diving at full stretch to catch it one handed.


Sensing victory with Dorridge on 131 for 8 with 17 overs to survive, Captain Ford turned to his opening bowlers again. Smith was unlucky not to pick up a third wicket but the fast short-pitched bowling of Cessford was just too much for the Dorridge tail. Qasim Shah top edged one to give Hardinges an easy catch at second slip which brought Lee Davies to the crease to join Omair Farooque


Farooque was dropped at mid-on by Kingsland off Smith, before Davies brought up the 150 with a smartly hit straight drive off Cessford. His reward in Cessford s next over was several short pitched deliveries, the fourth of which he hit high in the air to be safely caught by Jon Dovey at mid-off for 11. Dorridge were all out for 154 in 46.4 overs and took just 5 points. BGCCs 24 points take them up a place to fourth in the league just 1 point off third and 30 points behind Dorridge in second. This game was the last of the 55 over format so there are 120 points up for grabs in the final 6 ODI format matches.