18th May 2013 - Match Report.

BGCC 1sts vs Bromsgrove


“Bad day at the office” in local derby as 1sts crumble v Bromsgrove


BGCC 1st XI hosted local rivals Bromsgrove CC in an eagerly anticipated Div. 1 clash. Bromsgrove captain Mark Evenson won the toss and chose to bat with Ashley Newdick and Jayden Levitt opening the innings. Both openers struggled early doors with Graeme Cessford and Phil Harris putting pressure on. Harris struck first trapping Levitt lbw without scoring then clean bowling ex-BGCC player George Rhodes for 7. Adam Gailey joined Newdick and they established a solid partnership - taking the score from 17 for 2 to 98.  

This partnership ending in bizarre fashion as Gailey (34) was run out at the non-strikers end after a straight drive from Newdick was deflected onto the stumps by a diving Jon Dovey. Joe Dodd came in at 5 and Newdick started to attack the bowling scoring four 4s and 2 sixes in quick succession reaching 45 before a returning Cessford took out his off stump. Lewis Cordes at 6 played a supporting role allowing Dodd to dominate the strike. Dodd took full advantage of this and quickly moved onto 50 off only 54 balls, he had reached 66 when Cessford had him caught by Ford at extra cover – leaving Bromsgrove 195 for 5.  

New batsman Tom Green and Cordes pushed on well Green fell for a quick-fire 30 when he was clean bowled by Jon Dovey. Charlie Hartley’s cameo of 7 not out and Cordes’ 50 not out brought the final total to 270 for 6 off the allotted 50 overs. Barnards Green will rue several dropped catches which seemed to gift Bromsgrove both runs and the momentum going into the BGCC innings. 

Mark Hooper and Adam Dovey took to the crease facing a run rate of almost 5 ½ an over. Bromsgrove opening bowlers of Charlie Hartley and Nick Husbands took 2 wickets each as BGCC’s top order collapsed to 32 for 4. Dovey’s stubborn resistance was ended by James Ganderton’s first ball as he was caught and bowled for 17.  

Only Captain Andy Ford was able to get on top of the bowlers but BGCC couldn’t establish any partnerships as wickets were falling at the other end courtesy of James Ganderton (4-36). Ford eventually succumbed just short of his half century when he was clean bowled by his Bromsgrove counterpart Mark Evenson. BGCC’s 87 all out gave Bromsgrove a 183 run win and a well-deserved 20 points.