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13th August 2006 - Match reports.

BGCC 2nd XI vs Redditch


With autumn chills in the air, the Green soon dug themselves a hole in this 45 overs Sunday League match. Redditch won the toss and sent Fowkes and Jabber to enjoy a mix of errant bowling and generous misfields. Hill’s opener was a dreadful long hop; though he tightened both length and line, and induced plentiful false shots, there was no clear chance. Kingsley Warren was accurate and sensible and also wicketless. The replacements had better fortune: McMillan’s legspin lured Fowkes (21), then Sherliker’s was serene and economical, and at the other end Longmore’s medium pace claimed Jabber (39) and three younger victims. Onlookers puzzled over the batting order, as Freeman arrived at no.5, made an undefeated 91, and looked the only player in control.
Redditch’s 211 was helped by an extraordinarily widespread and continuous demonstration of non-fielding. Goodman and Longmore were guilty of inappropriate footwork, kicking the ball near and at times over the boundary. Higgs had the prize for easiest dropped catch in his grasp, but then Rogers fumbled a complete dolly. Shouts and disbelieving squawks came from all corners as the dry pitch and outfield contributed to multiple irregular bounces.
Some successful leaders emanate calm and poise. Green skipper Marek Wajzer, very successful this year, thrives on chaos. He led from the front by hurling or shinning the ball wherever possible. The transfer from wicketkeeper to bowler, a routine drill for eight-year-olds, caused insuperable problems and much chasing at deep mid on. The Green went to tea subdued, aware that both the pitch and the runs against looked awkward.
They triumphed, with very little in reserve, because Redditch were even more generous. It is unusual for no batsman to reach 40 in a winning score of over 210. Extras did best with 58, followed by Higgs with 39 and Rogers with an exhausted, limping, crucial 38 no. Things looked bleak when Goodman and McMillan went cheaply and Hill, prodding forward, was lbw. They looked very bleak after Nasser removed Adam Price, Higgs and Sherliker, and while Wajzer was failing to hit the ball during a ten-over stay. Redditch were full of confidence and loud appeals. But Higgs had raised the pace with seven 4s, and Rogers was now clipping useful ones and twos plus the odd heave to leg.
Just in time Wajzer hit a couple of fine drives then ran himself out. He feared this might have lost the game. Colleagues had another opinion. Dave Price swished at air a few times then found his range. A paddle, a swipe for 4 and another prompt single brought Rogers (a 6 and four 4s) on strike, and he produced a final cover drive with 8 balls left. This match was memorable in several ways, and was the Green’s eighth win of the season.

Redditch 211 all out (45 overs; Freeman 91 no; Longmore 4-30); Barnards Green 213-7 (43.4 overs; Higgs 39, Rogers 38 no; Nasser 3-17)