17th August 2013 - Match Reports.

BGCC 1sts vs Wellington.


BGCC 1st XI welcomed Wellington CC to North End Lane and with only one point between the teams the 20 points would decide places in the top 5 of the table.


Wellington skipper Wendell Wagner won the toss and on an overcast day decided to bowl first. A short shower delayed the start and reduced the game to 48 overs a side.


The Green innings got off to a good start as opener Adam Dovey drove Gagandeep Singh for four. But after that both he and Mark Hooper found runs hard to come by – particularly off Anthony O’Connor who opened with three maidens. It was O’Connor who took the first two wickets, both to catches by Worcestershire’s Michael Johnson at first slip, Dovey for 6 and Hooper for 1. This brought Alex Hepburn and Alex Milton together. Despite hitting a beautiful cover drive for his first scoring shot Milton fell early for 5 clean bowled by Wagner.


Young Dan Lloyd joined the attack and stifled the fluid Hepburn with some tight spin bowling.  Mark Hardinges at the other end took boundaries off both Ross Aucott and Wendell Wagner. They had taken the score from 45 for 3 to 73 when Mark Hardinges gave Johnson his third catch as he top-edged one from Ross Aucott to point when on 22. Andy Ford upped the pace but was caught by Martin Delaney, reaching high above his head at mid-on, off Lloyd for 16 off 9 balls.


New batsman Ash Brewer took the score past 100 in the 31st over before hitting a huge 6 over deep square leg off Lloyd. Brewer then hit a crisp off drive and a second giant 6 this time over deep mid-wicket (and over the pavilion). Hepburn notched up another half century to warm applause from the patio and then began to open up. The 38th over brought up the 150 and the 50 partnership as the run rate increased. Unfortunately Brewer miss-timed a sweep and was clean bowled by Adam Byram – his run-a-ball 32 helping to put on 64 for the 6th wicket.


With 9 overs left Jon Dovey joined Hepburn and in trying to take advantage of the batting powerplay holed out to Byram at mid-off for 14 off Singh. Liam Smith attempted a foolish run and was run out by keeper Joe Clarke without facing a ball. Again chasing quick runs Hepburn was next out – stumped by Clarke off Byram as he scampered down the pitch – for 81 including 9 fours. This left Tim Williams and Blair Kingsland to face the final 2.4 overs. They had taken the score past 200 with two balls left when Kingsland was caught in cow corner by Johnson (his 4th catch) for 5. Williams was left not out 3.


Wellington took to the field with the weather still looking uncertain with the aim of reaching the 201 in 48 overs or at least staying ahead of the 4.17 run rate required. Liam Smith took an early wicket when he clean bowled Neil Edwards for 2. Two short rain breaks reduced the game to 45 overs and the target to 189 to win. Matt Tilt and Joe Clarke kept well ahead of the run rate hitting multiple boundaries off Smith Mark Hardinges and Jon Dovey. A change of pace to the spin of Blair Kingsland and Andy Ford stifled the scoring and brought a breakthrough with the score on 100. Clarke was hit on the pad by Ford, BGCC appealed to no avail but a Clarke set off for a run but was sent back. Quick thinking and fielding from Adam Dovey at square leg meant keeper Brewer could take the bails off to run Clarke out for 39.


Michael Johnson came in at 4 and found it difficult to get the ball off the square while Tilt continued to accumulate runs. Smith returned to the attack and looked more dangerous in this second spell, and with Kingsland bowling tightly the pressure increased on the Wellington batsmen. Tilt was dropped behind on 74 but luckily for keeper Brewer this didn’t cost the Green too much as in his next over Smith had him caught behind for a run-a-ball 77.


Smith claimed his third wicket as Johnson was trapped lbw for a pedestrian 9 off 40 balls. Martin Delaney joined Ross Aucott with Wellington needing 56 off 14 overs but he was soon heading back to the pavilion when he chopped one onto his stumps from Ford. Captain Wagner came to the crease, and he and Aucott frustrated the Green bowlers as they built the score with singles and a selection of boundaries. Wellington passed the target with a four from Wagner to finish 190 for 5 with 1½ overs to spare. Aucott finished 21no and Wagner 20no to help Wellington to 20 points. A Smethwick win and BGCC’s 5 points mean the Green slip a place to fifth in the table.