BARNARDS GREEN CRICKET CLUB
16th August 2014 - Match Reports.
|BGCC 1sts vs Harborne||BGCC 3rds vs Kempsey.|
Comfortable win for Green lifts them up the table.
Harbourne were the visitors to North End Lane this weekend with the Green hoping to record back to back wins for the first time since the beginning of May.
Harbourne won the toss and on a damp and soft wicket unsurprisingly chose to bowl first. George Rhodes and Andrew Curtis opened the batting once again and took a little time to adjust to the conditions. Rhodes started to attack both opening bowlers Land and Sen so Harbourne made a change bringing on Paull. This change had immediate effect as Curtis (2) was adjudged lbw bringing Alex Hepburn to the crease. He and Rhodes were pegged back by Paull and Polius and the run rate dropped slightly. Hepburn brought up the 50 in the 16th over with a fine cover drive for four and this seemed to spark both batsmen into action as they combined quick singles and boundaries.
The score had reached 97 in the 25th over when Hepburn scampered down the wicket to take on Ali Khan but missed and was bowled for 31. Alex Milton joined Rhodes and his first scoring shot was a push through mid-wicket for 4 to bring up the 100. Unfortunately he fell next over for just 6 when he was trapped in front by Land.
Mark Hardinges was next in and out as he was the victim of a dubious decision; given out lbw for 15 off Polius. Andy Ford came and went as he skied one to be caught by keeper Perry at backward point.
The Green were 139 for 6 with 13 overs remaining as Kev Golder joined Rhodes who had reached 70. Golder did a fine job supporting Rhodes and this pair put on 76 in just over 10 overs. Rhodes claimed his second century of the season in spectacular fashion as he hit Paull for a huge straight six. Unfortunately he was unable to bat through as he was clean bowled by Land for 103; his innings of 119 balls included 9 fours and 3 sixes. Ash Brewer (1) tried his signature shot but was caught on the deep mid-wicket boundary. In the final over Kev Golder was clean bowled by Franklin for a very valuable 30. Chris Smedley and Jon Dovey (9 off 3 balls) took the Green to 229-8.
The Green opening bowlers Mark Hardinges and Alex Hepburn made life difficult for Franklin and Clifford early on and Hepburn made the first breakthrough. Clifford (1) was well caught by Andy Ford at wide first slip. Mark Hardinges then claimed two wickets in two overs. First Franklin was bowled for 15 then Parker (0) edged one to Ford at second slip. Harbourne were 38-3 in the 11th over. Randhawa was joined by Polius and this pair looked dangerous. Jon Dovey replaced Hepburn and it was he who broke the partnership when he trapped Randhawa lbw for 35. After his innings in the previous game the Green knew Polius was the key Harbourne wicket to get. Chris Smedley joined the attacked and claimed this wicket with his first ball. He let go what could only be described as a loosener which Polius (23) miss-judged completely - he skied it and was caught by Jon Dovey at mid-wicket.
Harbourne were 83-5 off 19 overs with Paull and Lloyd at the crease. This pair kept up a good run rate with singles and the odd boundary as they tried to rebuild the innings. Andy Ford brought himself on and he too made a breakthrough with his first ball as he clean bowled Lloyd for 15. The Green spinners Ford, Smedley and Rhodes put pressure on skipper Sen and Paull and the run rate fell. It took them 10 overs to put on 29. Finally the pressure told with Ford claiming wickets in consecutive overs. Paull (15) was caught as Rhodes at mid-wicket jumped and plucked it out of the air then Perry was trapped in front for 3. Hardinges returned to the attack and finished off Harbourne. Rhodes took his second catch – this time at point – to dismiss Sen. But catch of the day was Ash Brewers – brilliantly diving full length one handed to dismiss Ali Khan for 11. Harbourne were bowled out for 161 in the 39th over. Hardinges finished 4-19 and Ford 3-32 in a fine bowling and fielding performance from the home side. BGCC’s 20 points see them leapfrog over Harbourne into 5th but there is only 3 points separating 5 teams.
Next weekend in the league the Green play second-placed Wolverhampton away on Saturday and host Shifnal on Bank Holiday Monday. Also on Sunday they compete in the Worcestershire County Cup finals day. Its BGCC v Ombersley at 9.45am with the winner playing either Bromsgrove or Stourbridge on New Road at 4.30pm.
After 13 weeks of the season and their previous fixture
falling foul to the weather Barnards Green and Kempsey finally met both
hoping to maintain their unbeaten status, something that only one side
would be able to boast after this Win / Lose match.