14th September 2008 - Match Report.

BGCC Sunday 2nds vs Bournville  

Barnards Green Sunday 2nds defied the weather to stage a late season game against Bournville on Sunday thanks to last minute wicket preparation by Phil Spencer.  On a slow damp wicket, Bournville chose to bat first and found the going hard as opening bowlers Anschuman and Jamie longmore restricted them to just 43 off the first 16 overs for the loss of two wickets.  Chris Freeman and Dave Price then picked up three quick wickets incluing a superb catch over his head from Jamie Longmore but Taylor and Mitchell batted sensibly and despatched anything short to the boundary to keep the scoreboard ticking over.  John Sherliker was then introduced and bowled both batsmen just short of their half centuries.  Robin Longmore was introduced at the other end and was despatched to the short midwicket boundary for several sixes but picked up two late wickets as Bournville finished their 40 overs on 170, a good score on a slow wicket.  The Green did not help their cause with around 9 dropped catches.  After an excellent tea, Duncan Bell and Chris Freeman strode to the wicket,but Freeman struggled to get the ball off the sqaure whilst Bell showed his credentials as he scored an excellent 25 before being caught. Steve Alamutu decided attack was the way forward and scored a rapid 23 before he too was caught as the run rate had moved up to over 6 an over.  As Robin Longmore and Anschuman both perished trying to get the score moving and then skipper Marek Wajzer inexplicably ran out Jamie Longmore having hit the ball straight to a fielder, the Green got further behind.  Dave Bayliss tried to push the score along, but with the skipper in tow the rate increased, before both perished.  Dave Price and John Sherliker then put bat to ball and just as they looked to be taking the game away from Bournville, Sherliker was adjudged LBW for 10, this brought man of the match young Ben Alamutu making his debut in senior level cricket who had fielded excellently and despite giving Price good support, he fell caught and bowled to Hemms.  Bournville won by 20 runs in an entertaining encounter. Thanks go to match day sponsors Malvern Independent Financial Advisers.