19th May 2012 - Match Reports.
Deadly Dovey spell brings another 24 point
win for BGCC firsts.
Barnards Green 1st XI arrived at Stratford’s Swan’s Nest Lane to find grey skies and a damp outfield. After a slight delay to the start to allow some spiking of the wettest parts, Stratford skipper Gill won the toss and unsurprisingly put BGCC into bat in the now 50 over game.
Adam Dovey and Mark Hooper opened the batting and Dovey was soon returning to the pavilion, bowled second ball for 0. Harris joined Hooper and both found scoring off the opening bowlers, the Grundy brothers, difficult. The score had progressed to 18 before Harris fell, caught at cover by Wilson. Rurawhe joined Hooper and they pushed the score onto 38 before Rurawhe was given out lbw off pick of the bowlers Brown.
The new partnership of Hooper and Rees started to push up the run rate with several boundaries and some good running. Skipper Gill joined the attack and took the wicket of Hooper in his second over – lbw for 26, the top score of the innings. Jon Dovey came in at 6 and the new pairing showed potential to build the innings. Spinner Wilson joined the attack and Rees’ impatience led him to top edge one to Douthwaite at gully. Hennessy became Wilson’s second scalp when he edged one to slip 4th ball for a duck.
And so Smedley and Dovey came together again with BGCC struggling in a similar position to last week’s game, at 68 for 7 off 21 overs. Batting wasn’t easy with Wilson and the Grundy brothers making progress difficult but Dovey and Smedley kept the scoreboard ticking over without taking any unnecessary risks. It took the return of Brown to the attack to make the breakthrough – Dovey caught behind for 15, Williams and Brewer briefly joined Smedley, both failing to trouble the scorers. Smedley had increased his score to 22 before also edging one to keeper Fisher leaving Mackintosh not out 0 without facing a ball. BGCC were bowled out for 113 in the 42nd over with Brown finishing on 4 for 21 off his 6.3 overs.
This gave Stratford 57 overs to reach the target of 114. Harris and Rurawhe were soon into a good rhythm putting early pressure on the Stratford batsmen. Harris dismissed Joseph for 0 in his second over with a great slip catch from Tim Williams. Wilson joined Cootes and they made slow progress to 19 before Rurawhe trapped Cootes lbw for 13. Wilson and Jack Grundy had taken the score into the 30s before Jon Dovey came on for a match winning spell of bowling. First he bowled Grundy for 8 then trapped Purser lbw for 5. Williams brought himself on for a brief spell before Harris changed ends to re-join the attack. Wilson seemed to be the danger man and he had moved on to 29 before Williams took a second slip catch off Dovey to dismiss him. He was quickly followed back to the dressing room by Douthwaite (0) when he was caught behind by Brewer second ball also off Dovey.
West took on the role of lead batsmen and showed potential to lead Stratford to victory but partnerships were broken quickly by Dovey taking 2 more wickets with catches by Hennessy and Rurawhe. Harris was replaced by Rurawhe with Stratford needing just 19 to win with plenty of overs left. West chose to take a risk with a quick single and was run out by some smart fielding from Hooper, before Rurawhe finished the innings by bowling Brown for 0. Stratford were bowled out for 95 in the 38th over with Man of the Match Dovey ending with outstanding figures of 12 overs 5 maidens 6 for 28. This gave Barnards Green a full 24 point win to take them 3rd in the table just 1 point off the leaders Brewood and Water Orton.
Barnards Green CC 2nd XI v Kenilworth Wardens CC 2nd XI
In a late start due to drizzle and damp he Green 2nd XI inserted the opposition at North End Lane on Saturday. The new, if soon wet, ball was taken by Matt Brookes and the inimitable Shane Thomson. Thomson bowled with pace and variety,ensuring Duncan Cooper behind the tack kept active before producing a good length ball to have Challis- Brown caught behind for 9. James Marsh rwas brought into the attack and proved more difficult to deal with as he beat the bat regularly before eventually gaining just reward when he got one through the openers defence to take the second wicket with the score on 26. Kenilworth then decided to consolidate aided by some poor fielding by the home side and appeared happy at the halfway stage of the 36 over game to be on 72 for Soon after this Tom Clack took his first victim but Kenilworth were still handily placed on 120 for 2.
Skipper Judd Doughty now switched Clack to the Link End in order to accommodate Lewis Hooper from the North End Lane. Hooper snared the visitors best bat Brammer with a devious full toss that Tom Clack held comfortably at cow corner. This heralded a transformation in the game as Clack now employed that much rejected tactic of bowling full and straight at the stumps hereby dismissing four visiting batsmen clean bowled and taking a return catch to see the Wardens carelessly removed for a sub-par total of 145.
Lewis Hooper also chipped in with 3 – 19 thanks in part to a superb catch from Louis Loader. Tom Clack was the pick of the bowlers finishing with 5 for 24.
Set146 to win in 36 overs the Green got off to a poor start as Duncan Cooper was lbw without scoring. Skipper Doughty then set about tackling the task in hand seriously mixing stout defence with appropriate aggression, launching a six over extra cover on one occasion. Jon Lewis took his time settling in, only moving up a gear when Doughty went lbw for an excellent 35. As the visitors rotated their bowlers Lewis took full advantage of some loose delveries to reach the boundary and achieve a good half century; he then launched Challis Brown into Orford Way before trying to repeat the shot and getting bowled. This left The home side with a run rate of five an over for victory and despite losing Metcalf caught behind for a duck, sensible batting from Louis Loader and Lewis Hooper swathe Green victorious by 6 wickets, This moves the 2nd Xi up to mid table respectability and provides a platform to move forward.