11th August 2012 - Match Reports.
|BGCC 1sts vs CANNOCK||Martley 1st XI vs Barnards Green 3rds.|
BGCC Firsts resume the lead of Birmingham League Division 2
Cannock CC were the visitors this weekend with memories of our previous close encounter fresh in all our minds. Cannock captain Richard Hewitt won the toss and chose to bat. He and Will Fleet opened the batting facing opening bowling duo of Josh Rurawhe and Phil Harris. Rurawhe made 2 early breakthroughs firstly trapping Hewitt lbw for 8 and then getting John Cooke caught behind by Brewer for 1 leaving Cannock struggling on 12 for 2. Fleet was joined by Sean Collings and these two put on 57 before Fleet was clean bowled for a pedestrian 13.
Collings continued to look comfortable but wasn’t supported by the Cannock mid-order. Andy Ford dismissed Andrew LeFeaver lbw for 5 and clean bowled Andy Hawkins for 2 with Cannock 81 for 5 at the halfway point. This brought young keeper James Caswell to the wicket and he showed patience and determination lacked by his more senior colleagues. He and Collings rotated the strike and had taken the score to 107 before Collings was caught at mid-on by Harris to give Ford his third and most important wicket. Mike Stevenson fell the same way two overs later for 2 bringing Ed Fleet to the crease with Cannock 127 for 7. Cannock then pressed the self-destruct button with the last 3 wickets all being run-outs. Cannock were bowled out for 139 in 51 overs Ford taking 4 for 53 and Rurawhe 3 for 37.
Mark Hooper and Andy Wheeler opened the batting facing the youthful attack of Ed Fleet and Jack Trigger. Fleet took a wicket in the first over having Hooper caught behind for 0. Josh Rurawhe joined Wheeler and they both started confidently and aggressively. The 50 came up in the 11th over with a giant six from Wheeler over cow corner which forced Hewitt to change both opening bowlers, bringing on Andy Hawkins and Matt Robinson. This had an immediate effect when Robinson had Wheeler caught by Collings at slip for 23 off only 29 balls. Phil Harris came in at 4 and he continued the attack on the bowling, this pair quickly accumulated runs. Harris hooked Hawkins for 6 over long leg to bring up the 100 in only the 18th over.
But before the large home crowd to relax too much there was a dramatic mid order collapse – 100 for 2 soon became 126 for 7 courtesy of some good spell from Hawkins. First Rurawhe was caught by LeFeaver for 32, Harris had made 41 when he skied one to Robinson at backward point. While Kev Golder held down one end Ford was bowled for 9 and Hennessy was clean bowled for 1. Robinson got in the act too bowling Clack also for 1.
This brought captain Tim Williams to the crease with BGCC needing just 14 to win in front of a now anxious crowd. They needn’t have worried as both Golder and Williams played sensibly, Williams hitting his second boundary to win the game. The Green reached 143 for 7 off 35 overs, with Golder 14 not out and Williams 9 not out. BGCC therefore take 24 points and Cannock just 4. With favourable results elsewhere BGCC return to the top of the table with an eight pint lead over fellow promoted team Brewood.
An all-round good effort won this game on a long hot day.
The Green side was not as advertised, but after early chaos and
clubhouse introductions all pulled together under the guidance of
several elderly all-rounders, with Dick Brown encouraging from the
sidelines on one leg.