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19th August 2006 - Match reports.

BGCC 1st XI vs Alvechurch

Alvechurch vs BGCC 2nd XI

This return fixture, between Barnards Green c.c. and Alvechurch c.c, .in Div. 1 of the Crusader W. C. L. got off to a prompt start in spite of rain clouds threatening every few minutes. Chris Smedley the Green’s Captain won the toss and inserted Alvechurch. This proved to be a good move as they made a very hesitant start on a damp wicket, losing four wickets in the first fourteen overs for only 48 runs. The first of these taken by Kev. Downs, in his second over. This success, being quickly followed by two quick wickets by Tim Williams and yet another by Phil. Harris in his first over. Three of these falling to excellent catches by Liam Paddock, Andy Ford and Tim Williams. Alvechurch’s J. Rose and R. Mortimer steadied their innings, but could not score freely, arriving at a team score of only 116 runs by their thirtieth over. J. Rose (42) was the next to go, to another great catch this time by Paul Drinkwater off the bowling of Andy Ford. Runs always seemed hard to come by as wickets continued to go down, one more to Andy Ford and Two in one over by Chris Smedley. All these via. well taken catches by Chris Smedley, Kev.Downs and Phil Harris. Alvechurch’s innings closing on 185 for 8 as the threatening rain finally arrived.
An early tea was taken, and in spite of much work on the ground to get play restarted, it was 6-15pm before the Green ‘s reply could get under way. This loss of batting time to weather left only 25 overs to attempt to get 99 runs to earn, first a winning draw then if all went well 186 runs for an outright win. This seemed a tall order, but Rich Williams and Kev. Golder got the innings off to an excellent start, scoring 83 by the 14th over, when Rich. Williams fell to a smart catch off the bowling of Alvechurch captain Simon Smith. This brought in Phil Harris, up in the order to take advantage of his fast scoring abilities, to join Kev. Golder, who together quickly secured the winning draw total by the 17th.over. Encoraged by a good vocal crowd of supporters both batsmen hit out, scoring 81 off the remaining 42 balls to take Barnards Green to their first out right win of the season at home. Kev. Golder finishing with 65,while Phil.Harris got 58 off the 34 balls he faced. Well played the batsmen, but this was a determined all round team win. The fielding was great and so were the bowling performances.

Barnards Green ------------- 20 points
Alvechurch ------------------ 3 points

The next match is away against Eastnor on the 26th August
Starting at 1-30pm

With cloudy skies and rain forecast for late afternoon phil spencer won the toss and asked Alvechurch to bat first on a very damp wicket, opening bowlers Duncan Bell and Sam Spencer bowled straight and were rewarded with early wickets , after 18 overs the home side were 50 for 3, there then folowed a partnership by Pritchard and Sidaway which took the total onto 146 in the 36th over, wickets by Hooper and Scullion slowed down the run rate , and when Roger Thompson and the returning Spencer set about bowling the final ten overs the game could of gone in favour of either side, Spencer bowled a superb spell of 14 overs taking 4 for 27 and Thompson finished off the innings by taking the final 2 wickets, Alvechurch were allout for 230 mainly due to Pritchard who made exactly 100, this total did not look like being enough on the Alvechurch small ground which is reknown for high scoring games, but we will never know as during tea the heavans opened and the match was abandoned with both team gaining 9 points.