11th May 2013 - Match Report.

Kennilworth Warden vs BGCC 1sts


BGCC arrived at a damp Kenilworth Wardens so the start of this BDCPL Div. 1 game was delayed by 25 minutes and reduced to 47 overs a piece.

Captain Andy Ford won the toss for the 3rd week running and this time chose to bowl first. The new look opening pairing of Tim Williams and Alex Hepburn took some early punishment from Kenilworth openers Keith Bell and Martin Donald with the latter particularly prolific with multiple boundaries. KWCC’s 50 came up in only the 7th over with Donald’s 9th four of inning through the covers. 

Again the rain fell and the game was disrupted for 45 minutes. On resumption of play KWCC lost two quick wickets with both openers being dismissed. Donald fell first, hitting out once too often – he was well caught by Milton at deep cover off Hepburn for 40 off only 28 balls. Then Bell was trapped lbw for 19 from Ford’s second ball. This brought together Scott Stenning and Sitansu Kotak, forming the key partnership of the game. Although the run rate dramatically both batsmen accumulated runs steadily, hitting regular boundaries of each bowler. 

Hepburn struck again in the first over of his second spell when he clean bowled Kotak for 75, bringing to an end an impressive 153 partnership. Stenning was joined by Jason Young and the total had reached 250 when Stenning was run out on 83 by Hepburn. Blair Kingsland had Nick Seagar stumped by Ash Brewer first ball then with only 9 balls remaining rain disrupted play again. An early tea was taken and then KWCC added 14 runs to reach 281 for 5 in 47 overs – Young not out 51 off only 31 balls.

Scorers and umpires conferred and calculated that with 11 overs lost to rain BGCC needed 251 off 36 overs at a run rate of just under 7 an over. With this in mind nboth openers Alex Milton and Mark Hooper knew they had to be more attacking than normal. Milton was the first to go for 4 when an inside edge was spectacularly caught one-handed down the leg side by keeper Bell. Hooper and Alex Hepburn rode their luck and the green’s 50 came up in the 11th when Hepburn hit Paul Henderson for 6 over deep square leg. He tried the same shot off Henderson’s next over but was caught by Alistair Wilkinson on the boundary – out for 36. Hooper too was caught off Henderson when he skied one to Donald at mid-off when on 29. 

With the score on 80 for 3 with 20 overs left, a third break for rain of 40 minutes changed the game yet again. Further calculations meant the revised target was 182 off 26 overs – meaning new BGCC batsmen Elliot Hennessy and Kev Golder faced a daunting task of 102 off 10 overs. Golder was cleaned bowled by Matthew Hancock’s first ball bring Captain Andy Ford to the crease. With very little time to play themselves in both batsman rotated the strike well and punished the bad balls dispatching them well to the boundary. Frustratingly neither batsman could stay the distance. Hennessy had made 30 when he was caught by Young on the deep cover boundary when he didn’t quite time one. Ford was dismissed in the same over from Wilkinson when he was clean bowled for 29. 

Dannie Rees was quickly out caught by Donald at extra cover, to leave BGCC 136 for 7 with less than 5 overs remaining. Tim Williams and Ash Brewer raised the Green’s hopes with several quick boundaries including a fantastic six from Brewer over deep square leg. With 23 off 12 balls needed Brewer skied one to keeper Bell to give Dan Wood his second wicket. Chris Smedley joined Williams and despite their best efforts they were unable to get to target. BGCC finished 172 for 8 in 36 overs which was an agonising 10 runs short. KWCC get the full 20 points but the Green’s 4 points still leave them 5th. Next week’s sees the Green host local rivals Bromsgrove CC and the return of ex-BGCC player George Rhodes to North End Lane.