12th May 2012 - Match Reports.

BGCC 1st XI vs Halesowen 

Halesowen captain Griffiths won the toss and chose to field. Andy Wheeler and Adam Dovey opened the innings and began solidly if a bit slowly – trying to judge both the pitch and the bowling. Wheeler was first to fall in the 11th over with the score on 26, out lbw to D Jeavons after being dropped the ball before. Dovey and Harris moved the total onto 47 before Dovey mistimed a pull shot and was caught off Croft for 22. After starting uncharacteristically slowly due to the conditions Harris built his innings well supported briefly by Rurawhe and Hooper. Harris was bowled for 34 by spinner Khan when the score was 98 and the Green suffered another mid-order collapse to become 100 for 7.  

And so it was left to Smedley and Jon Dovey to attempt to set a decent target with 17 overs to go. In a nicely judged and paced partnership they progressed the total to 163, including scoring almost every ball in the last 4 overs. Jon Dovey was caught in the deep on the last ball of the innings for 27 leaving Smedley 29 not out. 

In response Halesowen found the pace of the pitch difficult to judge particularly when facing Harris. Progress was slow and the scoreboard showed only 22 after 12 overs with Harris and some attacking field placing putting the Halesowen openers under considerable pressure. Harris then took 2 quick wickets - firstly he took a straightforward caught and bowled chance to dismiss Quami for 14 then Hooper took a neat catch to send Garghan back the pavilion without troubling the scorers. Jon Dovey then trapped Khan lbw for 17 to leave Halesowen 36 for 3 and bringing Shauib and Moseley together. Williams brought himself on to give the excellent Harris a rest and he bowled Moseley for 3.  

Then followed a key part of the match with Halesowen batsmen deciding the best from of defence is attack – exploiting the entrance of spinners Smedley and Rees into the attack. Some aggressive batting from Croft (26) was ended by a smart stumping by Brewer off Rees, Griffiths continued at a pace hitting 2 sixes to take Halesowen to 105 for 5 off 38 overs within sight of the losing draw total of 131. Smedley then took the key wicket of Griffiths - clean bowled for 16. Williams took a well calculated risk by bringing Harris back on early to pressure the new batsman – and he took a wicket in the first over of his second spell when Rees took an excellent catch at gully to dismiss Warren. D Jeavons and Shauib stayed solid for 5 overs before Harris swapped back to his favoured end and Jon Dovey returned to the attack. Harris trapped Shauib lbw for 34 then Jon Dovey finished the job by taking two wickets in successive overs, Roberts was caught by Williams and M Jeavons stumped by Brewer. Halesowen finished 133 all out in 49.1 overs so BGCC took a full 24 points from the game.

Bromsgrove vs BGCC 2nds

After waiting what seemed like a lifetime to get onto the cricket field following the wettest drought in recent times, BGCC second eleven didn’t make the most of their day out in the sun at Bromsgrove on Saturday.
Winning the toss Green skipper Doughty had no hesitation in asking his opposite number to bat first on a slightly damp, used wicket. Thompson (8-1-34-2) bowled with pace and sporadic accuracy whilst Brookes (12-3-47-0) bowled with no pace but impressive accuracy. The batsmen made steady progress until Thompson took two wickets in two balls to tilt the balance of the game in the Green’s favour. Marsh (3-0-19-0) took over from Thompson but struggled to adjust his radar whilst Hooper (11-1-75-0) replaced Brookes at the opposite end. The home side made steady progress, playing straight and punishing the bad balls with regular efficiency, whilst the Green fielded slowly and, at times badly. Doughty (8-2-40-2) found some turn before Macintosh (6-0-30-1) finished the innings with some good yorkers and slower balls.
The Green, set 268 to win, quickly realised that the score was well above par and they had a mammoth job ahead of them. Unfortunately, despite some resistance from Doughty (17), Hennessy (20), Greaves (15) and Clack (12) the home side’s tight bowling and even tighter fielding squeezed the life out of innings bowling them out for just 99 runs in 41.2 overs.
Next week the side entertain Kennilworth Wardens at North End Lane and will need to be more focussed and better prepared if they are to get anything more than bonus points out of the game.


( The view from the Chairman's chair)

Following two weeks of almost incessant wet weather it was finally possible to get a game of cricket at North End Lane on Saturday. The visitors were well established Birmingham League outfit Halesowen who were equally keen to play and with the cooperation of both umpires the contest began on time. The contest that concluded some six and a half hours later vindicated the decision to play in that it provided excellent entertainment in a match of fluctuating fortunes where all results were possible.

Halesowen inserted the Green upon winning the toss hoping to benefit from early inevitable movement and uneven bounce on what was admittedly an under prepared wicket, as indeed most must have been this weekend. The Green’s openers, the returning Adam Dovey and the redoubtable Andy Wheeler, batted with appropriate circumspection in the face of some accurate seam bowling from the visitors. Both batsmen picked up useful boundaries off anything over pitched or short and were only separated when Wheeler was trapped leg before by one that nipped back. Dovey followed soon after , unlucky to pick out a safe pair of hands at square leg off a well timed legside clip. Kiwi Josh Rurahwe fell victim to his own over-ambition on a slow pitch and Mark Hooper was undone by #a similar stopping delivery and this left the Green needing to consolidate. Thus Phil Harris batted sensibly with restraint, only slapping a long hop to its deserved destination over mid wicket for six, before he was dismissed for 34 by a good one from Halesowen’s prolific off spinning professional Asif Khan. Young Liam Smith ,on a cricketing scholarship at Malvern College, made his debut for the Green but was soon yorked by a crafty quicker ball from Khan; he was quickly followed by Dannie Rees who fell trying to dominate the bowler, and the Green were struggling at 100 for 7 wickets. It was at this point that the depth to the home side’s batting proved crucial. Old hand Chris Smedley used all his experience to ensure that the Green got up to a competitive total compiling a cultured 29* ,and in partnership with an energetic Jon Dovey (27) took the Green to 163 without further loss at the end of their allotted 55 overs.

Opinion was slightly divided at tea but the general consensus amongst the cognoscenti was that this was a total that would make for a close contest if the bowling adhered to the age old mantra of ‘’line and length’’ ,or as we now refer to it, ‘’good areas’’!

And so it proved. Asif, scorer of over 900 league runs last season, looked comfortable early on, although both openers were lucky to place edges over and wide of the close fielders, but consistent lines from Phil Harris and Josh kept the early runs in check before John Dovey trapped Khan lbw to make the  breakthrough. Following this two quick wickets fell to give the Green renewed hope both to catches off Phil Harris and then skipper Tim Williams, showing admirable judgement, introduced himself into the attack and bowled Moseley in his first over. Additional pressure fell on the visitors as Rees , having been hoisted for six by the dangerous looking Croft, had him smartly stumped by Ash Brewer next ball. The ever dependable Smedley then bowled the opposition skipper Griffiths before Rees took an excellent gully catch off Harris to leave Halesowen on 108 for 7, a similar position to that which the home side had found themselves. However, Halesowen’s lower order batting did not prove as resilient as the Green’s and Jon Dovey returned to mop up the tail aided by some quick work by Ash Brewer behind the tack.

Thr Green ran out winners by 30 runs in the end but this was an absorbing contest played in an excellent spirit throughout. The Green deserve credit for a battling performance and it is likely that this kind of determination will be needed as we face tougher opposition week by week. It also shows that provided the batsmen can compile a competitive total then the bowlers will always give the Green a chance of victory.


Barnards Green 163 – 8 (55overs)

Halesowen         133 all out (49.1 overs)

Barnards Green win by 30 runs