Barnards Green cricket Club Match Reports.




July 17th 2005

Coombs Wood vs BGCC Sunday 2nds

A sparkling century by Chris Hill (109) at his imperious best led the Green to victory in a thrilling run chase in this Sunday league fixture.  The match was staged on a balmy Sunday afternoon at Coombs Wood watched by a lively, well refreshed crowd of nearly one hundred.  Barnards Green skipper Marek Wajzer duly lost the toss and Coombs Wood opted to take advantage of the perfect batting conditions, leaving the Green facing a difficult fielding session in the glaring afternoon sun. 

The home team got off to a flying start.  The Green’s opening attack of Clack and Bryant conceded an abundance of wides down both sides of the wicket, and generally made the keeper Glendinning’s job impossible.   Tom Clack eventually found his line and managed to extract some life from the wicket, but remained wicketless at the end of his spell.  Order was restored by seamers Anshuman (3 – 33) and Hill (0 - 28), who managed to stem the flow of runs.  Anshuman removed White (38) to a marginal LBW decision and Lawson was run out for 14 by some smart fielding from Tom Clack at midwicket.  

The middle order of Wasim (51) and Coolell (71) knuckled down to some solid cricket to form the backbone of the Coombs Wood innings.  They initially proceeded at a measured rate by the steady accumulation of smartly run singles.  The bat was thrown towards the end of the innings, but the Green’s late innings bowlers Price (0 – 40), Higgs (0 – 36) and Wajzer (2 – 47) managed to contain the opposition to a barely manageable total of 260 – 5, including a shocking 65 extras.

The Green’s reply was initially stuttering with opener Dean bowled early in the innings by a ball that kept low from Banks.  Hill was then joined by Anshuman (57) who proceeded to take the attack to the opposition bowlers, despatching a succession of sixes high into the terraces fringing one side of the boundary.  Their partnership of 120 lasted until the 25th over, when the swashbuckling Anshuman was caught in the deep attempting one big shot too many, but leaving the Green well ahead of the asking rate.

The middle order of Marshall and Higgs (16) gave valuable support to Hill, who was severe on any bowlers who strayed off line with a rasping array of pulls and drives.  Hill reached his century in the 31st over to much acclaim, but was unable to see the Green home, being caught behind to a lifting delivery from D. Jones (3 - 13), the best of the opposition bowlers.  Hill’s dismissal left the Green requiring 50 runs in 12 overs.  With new batsmen in at both ends the scoring inevitably dipped, but crucially the asking rate never rose above six an over.  The Green were never completely comfortable in the late stages of the innings, requiring some steely batting from the well-prepared Glendinning (23 no) and Wells (13 no).  A contretemps over a no ball in the penultimate over marred what was otherwise an excellent game.  Following the ruckus it was left to Glendinning to apply the coup de grace with a smashed cover drive in the final over of the innings.