16th June 2007 - Match reports.

BGCC 2nd XI vs Bromyard

Lye vs BGCC 1st XI

After a week of torrential rain the prospect of playing cricket seemed improbable, but thanks to a dry sunny spell and the efforts of groundsman Roy Mayo the green seconds entertained struggling Bromyard.With thunder clouds circling the ground it was important that the green won the toss but as in the previous eight weeks the green lost the advantage and were asked to bat first again.
Openers Mark Hooper and James Scullion put on 65 for the first wicket before the improving Scullion was out for a well constructed 25, this brought Tim Clarke to the wicket, he struggled to come to terms with the conditions at first, but after playing himself in he started to stroke the Bromyard attack to all parts of the ground.The threatening weather called a halt to proceedings and the covers were put in place, luckily only the edge of the storm affected the northend lane pitch and play was resumed with out loss of overs. The Hooper Clarke partnership had taken the green onto 130 off 33 overs when Mark Hooper was second wicket down for a fine 72 , he had struck some fine shots but also had survived a couple of dropped catches at long off, Jez Clarke joined his namesake and quickly got into his stride with a big six off his legs,Tim Clarke was bowled by Tompkins for 75 a classy innings after showing early respect to the conditions he ended up playing his usual fluent shots.Paul Yorke Joined the greens late over onslaught he struck two massive sixes over the trees and into the road before he became Tompkins fourth victim, Tom Clack  continued to rotate the strike until he too perished to Tompkins, it was left to Clarke and Lewis Hooper to pile on the runs against a now demoralised Bromyard attack, the Green amassed 288 for 5 with Jez Clarke undefeated on 43 and Hooper on 18.For Bromyard S Tompkins bowled 18 overs and finished with 5 for 77 taking all five of the green wickets to fall.
In reply Bromyard were always struggling against opening bowlers Sam Spencer and Tom Clack, they both took an early wicket and after 13 overs Bromyard were in trouble at 28 for 2, the visitors decided not to make an effort to score the runs or to try and gain the extra points for a losing draw.Tom Banks on his debut bowl for the seconds took the wicket of Purser, Lewis Hooper also took a wicket as the game seemed to be heading for a boring draw. The return of the rejuvenated Sam Spencer livened up proceedings, bowling with great pace and control on the now batsman friendly pitch he took two wickets in successive balls, leaving the visitors six wickets down.The green managed to buy another wicket to gain another bonus point, but had to settle for another winning draw, Bromyard finished 170 for 7 having batting out for most of the 50 overs,D Benbow carried his bat for an uninspiring but effective 56no.The pick of the bowlers was Sam Spencer who bowled 18 overs taking 3 for 30 including 8 maidens. The Green gained 17 points and Bromyard 4.
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On a sticky day with thunder clouds looming league leaders BGCC faced second placed rivals Lye at the Lye recreation ground. Upon winning the toss the home skipper elected to bowl first and following a shower five minutes before play the game got underway almost on time.
The Green lost opener Rich Williams early and cheaply to Iqbal and it was left to Golder and Paddock to build the 1st major partnership of the innings. Despite difficult conditions the pair prospered from some indifferent bowling and forged a useful stand. When Paddock departed for a quite brilliant 50 to be replaced by skipper Smedley the total looked healthy. Golder's rich vein of form continued and he played arguably his best innings of the season to reach a beautifully compiled and patient 75.
Iqbal with 3-82 and Ishtiaq with 2-59 were the pick of the bowlers for the home side but on a difficult wicket their economy rates were perhaps a little on the high side.Late order hitting from Harris(26) and Ford(17*) posted a total of 215 for the home side to chase off 49 overs.
Lye were agressive in their approach however struggled to build vital partnerships to threaten the visitors total. Hoogstraten was the pick of the bowlers, a constant threat during a mammoth first spell of 21 overs picking up 7-55. Ford provided fantastic support with severe turn from the other end and picked up the vital wicket of Hussain brilliantly caught at the long on boundary for 54 by Tim Williams.
Despite sustained pressure the Green however could not capture the important tenth wicket but will be delighted to have taken 18 points away from a game against their closest rivals.

BGCC 215-8 18 points Golder 75, Paddock 50
Lye 130-9 4 points Hussain 54, Hoogstraten 7-55, Ford 2-25.