14th April 2007 - Match reports.

BGCC 1st XI vs Worcester CC

With the ground looking a picture and Tim Williams back from his trip to the supermarket to purchase the sandwich fillings home skipper Chris Smedley called correctly at the toss and elected to bat first against his former club.

Some early movement was extracted from the pitch by the Worcester opening attack of Weston and Keyte(jnr) however this was interspersed with some rusty bowling with a number of extras and 4 balls served up. Weston still managed to strike an early blow dismissing Golder LBW after the batsman had caressed an early loose offering to the cover boundary.

The entire top 6 bar Kev Golder spent a little time at the crease with both Rich Williams and Chris Smedley getting to 19, however Worcester who mixed up their seam attack managed to take regular wickets until Tim Williams joined utility player Jez Clarke at the crease. Tim was happy to offer the majority of the strike to the broad shouldered Clarke who dispatched punishing blows to all areas of the ground. He was particularly harsh on former Green player Dan McKay who needed assistance from a local taxi company to retrieve one of Clarke’s lusty blows.

Clarke entered the 42nd and final over on 90 and was unlucky to offer a chance early in the over which was accepted on the point boundary. After being 80-6 home skipper Smedley was delighted to have posted a total of 249 as he entered the tea room to see all 3 of his horses fall quickly out of contention in the Aintree Grand National.

Worcester’s reply could not have got off to a worse start with talented opener Bolton offering a simple catch to mid on off the evergreen Williams to leave Worcester 4-1 at the end of the 1st over. Williams and Spencer carried the attack to the Worcester batters and also suffered with some early season rustiness as Simon Keyte seized on anything loose and looked in fine early season form. After a brief spell at the bowling crease by Richard Brown spin was the order of the day and Andy Ford was joined by his spin twin Chris Smedley who managed to put the brakes on the Worcester run rate. Ford was unlucky not have Keyte stumped by keeper Adam Binks, the umpire ruling that Keyte has just managed to regain his ground. Regular wickets halted the flow of runs and this pressure led to McKay being dismissed for a well made 50 and Smedley claiming the wicket of the dangerous Keyte for 57 as vicious turn and bounce penetrated his unwise cut stroke.

Some of the Worcester youngsters managed to dig in towards the end of the innings as the required run rate rose to 9 per over but the pressure put on by the spinners managed to make their task impossible. Williams retuned to take a late wicket finishing with figures of 2-66 off his 10 overs, Clarke completed a fine all round display with figures of 2-20. By far the pick of the bowlers however were Andy Ford, 2-33 and Smedley who showed great jug avoidance skills returning figures of 4-30.

In the end therefore the Green turned out worthy winners and started the season in a manner which they hope will continue.

BGCC 249 all out- Clarke 90, Williams Jnr 25, Potter 3-27
Worcester 212 all out- Keyte 57, McKay 50, Smedley 4-30.