12th July 2014 - Match Reports.

BGCC 1sts vs Oswestry.  


So near yet so far for BGCC as run chase ends in draw.


BGCC 1st XI hosted Oswestry in the first game of the second half of the season – hoping to get back on track.


Oswestry won the toss and chose to bat first in an attempt to claim the full 24 points. Openers Fynn and Huxley started well – Fynn brought up the 50 with a miss-hit flick off his legs for 4 in the 13th over. Alex Hepburn replace Mark Hardinges and it was he who made the breakthrough soon after as Huxley was well caught behind by Alex Milton for 15. Fynn was joined by Joe Clarke with the Green aware of how dangerous this pair can be. With the wicket giving very little help to the bowlers Captain George Rhodes made a change bringing himself on to replace Jon Dovey. This proved a good move as he trapped Clarke lbw for 21 in his second over.


Fynn was joined by Robbie Clarke and this pairing provided the backbone for the Oswestry innings. Fynn brought up the 100 with a four through third man in the 30th over. The Oswestry batsmen upped the pace - despite Rhodes’ attempts to disrupt and break the partnership by alternating the bowling. Clarke brought up the 150 just 10 overs later with a lofted drive off Jack Mackintosh.  Eventually Clarke tried one big hit too many and was clean bowled by Alex Hepburn for 59 off 72 balls which included 10 fours and a six. Gregson joined Fynn and he continued the big hitting. Oswestry’s 200 followed in the 45th over with a four off his legs from Fynn.  As both batsmen attacked the score passed 250 when Fynn hit a huge straight six off Hepburn. Fynn’s fine innings was finally ended as he holed out to Jon Dovey off Mark Hardinges - his 109 included 14 fours and 1 six.  Just three balls later Gregson was smartly stumped by Alex Milton and Morris and Carrasco took Oswestry to an imposing total of 277 for 5 off 55 overs.


Barnards Green took to the field knowing they had to keep up with a run rate exceeding 5 an over. George Rhodes and Andrew Curtis started with purpose, and the score had reached 37 when Rhodes was trapped lbw by Bowen for 12. Curtis was joined by Alex Hepburn and these two built on the good start and started to accelerate the run rate and put pressure on the bowlers. The score passed 100 in the 25th over and 150 in the 34th as the innings built. Mirroring the first innings the fielding side alternated bowlers in an attempt to stem the flow of runs. A lofted drive from Curtis took the score passed 200 in the 43rd over – leaving 78 needed off 12 overs.


Unfortunately for BGCC both batsmen fell in consecutive overs as their impressive partnership of 177 came to an end. Curtis fell first just three short of his century as he was caught by Papier off Mark Robinson – his 97 including 14 fours. Hepburn was then trapped lbw by pick of the bowlers Gregson, his 7 fours and 2 sixes helping him to 93. This meant new batsmen had to hit the ground running in order to keep up with the run rate. This caused the fall of several quick wickets - Alex Milton was run out without scoring, Mark Hardinges was adjudged lbw and Kev Golder stumped both off Gregson. BGCC’s hopes were raised as Adam and Jon Dovey looked to keep their team in the game, but Gregson struck again – claiming his third wicket when Adam Dovey was caught by Mark Robinson. Mark Hooper was given out lbw off Mark Robinson, leaving BGCC 247 for 8. Jon Dovey was joined by Rishe Umasuthan with 5 balls remaining. As the fielders crowded the bat he hit two fours and then survived the ball sneaking under the bat and actually hitting the stumps without dislodging the bails! The Green finished 255 for 8 in the 55 overs – just 23 runs short of a brilliant run chase, and therefore claimed 8 points for the losing draw.