14th September 2013 - Match Reports.

BGCC 1sts vs Leamington Spa.


Ford leads BGCC to fantastic win and fifth place finish


The final game of the season saw the Green host Leamington Spa CC with the visitors needing 20 points and a Moseley defeat to stay in Division 1.


Leamington won the toss, and with a damp pitch and an overcast sky, predictably chose to bowl first. Adam Dovey was joined by Captain Andy Ford to open the innings in a change of order and tactics. This paid off as Ford was quick off the mark - hitting boundaries off both Paul Rowe and Tom Warner. BGCC reached 50 in the 8th over – an over which included two majestic sixes from Ford. The score had reached 99 when Dovey (14) edged one to keeper lee Hopkins off Grant Thornton. Ford fell the next over caught at the second attempt by Shahbaz Alam on the long on boundary. His magnificent 75 off 51 balls included 11 fours and 3 sixes. 99 for 2 became 119 for 4 as Mark Hooper (4) was caught by Mark Best at backward point of Thornton then Alex Milton was trapped LBW first ball off Darrel Williams. Williams took his third wicket when Kev Golder was juggled then caught by Robert Williams at slip for 6.


Alex Hepburn has reached 18 when he was caught behind off Shahbaz Alam leaving the Green 138 for 6 at the halfway point.  Six wickets had fallen for only 39 runs, to bring Jon Dovey and Ash Brewer together at the crease. Brewer fell next caught by Jonathon Wigley at mid-on off Tom Warner. Tim Williams joined Dovey and this pair added 29 runs before Williams (16) was also caught at mid-on – this time by Robert Williams to give Thornton his third wicket.


This brought Blair Kingsland to the wicket this week with extra confidence from his highest score of the season (17no) last week. He and Dovey both hit several boundaries – making the most of the powerplay overs. Dovey had reached a creditable 33 when he gave keeper Hopkins his third catch and Warner his second wicket. Kingsland and new batsman Jack Mackintosh saw out the final 3 overs and took the total to 231 for 9.


With several front line bowlers unavailable Alex Hepburn and Tim Williams opened the bowling. Williams bowled tightly but it was Hepburn who made the breakthrough with two wickets in his 4th over. First he clean bowled Shahbaz Alam for 9 then Jonathon Wigley holed out to Mark Hooper at mid-on without scoring. New pairing David Bailey and Mark Best had taken the score past 50 before the next wicket fell when Jon Dovey, in his first over, had Best caught behind by Ash Brewer. 53 for 3 became 84 for 5 as Captain Andy Ford took two in his first two overs. First he trapped Paul Best lbw for 12 then he got down quickly to catch David Bailey for 24.  Lee Hopkins batted well and supported by Robert Williams he had taken the score to 98 in the 30th over when Jack Mackintosh took two in two balls – trapping both Robert Williams (1) and Grant Thornton (0) lbw. With plenty of overs but too few wickets left Leamington were up against it. Darrel Williams skied one to be caught by Alex Hepburn at mid-on to reduce Leamington to 115 for 8.


Hopkins did his best to get somewhere near the target - hitting boundaries off Andy Ford, Jon Dovey and Adam Dovey. But his luck ran out one short of his half century when he was caught by Mark Hooper at long-on to give Jon Dovey his third wicket. Kingsland returned to the attack and got a well-deserved wicket when Paul Rowe was caught by Kev Golder at extra cover for 1 – leaving Tom Warner 15 not out. Leamington finished 162 all out off 43.1 overs and will now play in Division 2 next season.  BGCC’s 20 points mean a top five finish for the Green in their first season in Division 1- a fantastic end to a great season.