21st May 2011 - Match Reports.

BGCC 2nds vs Handsworth BGCC 3rds vs Amblecote & Wollaston

Welcoming visitors Handsworth to a sunny but blustery North End Lane home skipper Judd Doughty had no hesitation in asking his opposite number, Buchanan, to bat first on a hard but green-looking surface. Tom Clack (4-0-16-0) took the new cherry and found the wind hard to combat initially whereas Matt Brookes (15-3-40-5) bowled with skill, swing and a swagger to pick-up the openers Philogene and Weinand quickly and cheaply. James Scullion (15-7-26-1) replaced Clack and beat the bat with virtually every ball he bowled. The phrase ‘bowling for the team’ could never be better applied than to this spell. The Green fielders threw themselves around in the field led by Dan Metcalfe, Jack McIntosh and Louis Loader in particular. Brookes continued to pick-up wickets at regular intervals although the dogged resistance of Mills (38) was the backbone of the Handsworth innings. Clack, hitting one stump from 30 yards away ended what lower order resistance might have been in the offering before Lewis Hooper (10-3-30-1) and Jack McIntosh (6-1-24-2) finished off the innings with some excellent wicket-to-wicket bowling.
After a splendid tea Green openers Doughty (23) and Andy Wheeler (60) took their guard out in the middle. Despite both feeling out of sorts they got off to a decent start, passing 50 before Doughty departed to an in-swinging yorker. Wheeler, in his customary style hit the ball hard to all parts, some timed, some swiped but all to great effect. Wheeler finally perished caught and bowled by Smith. Ashlea Brewer (23), having kept in a neat, tidy and very effective manner displayed a range of handsome strokes all around the ground before being caught plumb in front of the stumps to the off-spinner Ahmed. Clack (4) got off the mark with a punchy four and then was bowled by one that slipped past the bat and the Green were suddenly making hard work of their reply. Steve Metcalfe (8*) steadied the ship as Loader and Scullion (16) were both caught in front of the stumps LBW. The latter swept four vitally important 4’s before departing with only a handful of runs required. Metcalfe hit the winning runs and sealed victory for the Green in what had proved an excellent game from start to finish.
Credit to Handsworth who got themselves out of difficulty from 57-6 to post a challenging total and again with the ball when the Green were looking comfortable at 50-0 inside 15 overs. Both teams played the game in good spirits and the home side are looking forward to the promised Guinness and Rum at drinks in the return fixture! Well played all. Next we travel to local side Evesham and host Bromsgrove on Bank Holiday Monday.

Handsworth CC  1st XI vs Barnards Green CC  1st XI

New signing Adam Dovey steered the Green to their third consecutive win in the Birmingham League as they continue to set the pace in the embryonic Division Three table. Visiting skipper Tim Williams won the toss and elected to field in the picturesque setting of one of the greenest spaces in Birmingham City Centre, Handsworth Park. Partisan home support and the waft of a grilled chicken BBQ filled the ground as Dawkins (46) and Smith (11) got off to a solid start with Smith happy to play the anchor role to Dawkins aggressive stroke-play. After a 26 ball vigil Smith was the first to go smartly caught by Hennessy off McEwan and Johnson quickly followed LBW without troubling the scorers, Hooper and Bonner both started in aggressive fashion striking 14 of their combined 19 runs in boundaries however the patient Harris(2-31) accounted for skipper Hooper and the impressive Poole(1-15) bowled Bonner. Harris also secured the major breakthrough trapping Dawkins for 46 and with wily spinner Ford chipping in with the wicket of Folkes for just 4 it was left to veteran Ernie Ramsey(12)to combine with youngster Okera Bascome in the most significant partnership of the innings. Bascome played a mature innings peppered with eight boundaries including two maximums, unfortunately for the home side Dovey and McEwan both picked up lower order wickets and two calamitous run outs finished off the Handsworth innings prematurely for 172 with Bascome stranded on 57 not out. 

With the home side failing to use their allotted overs play resumed immediately for the second consecutive week with Golder this time joined by Adam Dovey at the top of the order to try and negotiate a tricky fifty minute session to the tea break.  With both openers watchful in defense and ruthless in dispatching the loose ball the Green reached the interval unscathed at 72-0. Golder was dismissed shortly after the resumption for 41 bowled by former Jamaican first class player Folkes, this brought Harris (23) to the crease who looked in no trouble supporting Dovey until the introduction of spin in the form of Stone. The extroverted Stone turned a vicious off break to account for Harris and struck a double blow with Ford falling first ball. With McEwan sensing a potential middle order wobble at 122-3 he upped the ante bludgeoning a rapid fire 28 including 2 huge sixes and scoring the Lion’s share of a 37 run partnership, with Stone also accounting for McEwan in a  spell of 3-41 it was left to Dovey(43 not out) to shepherd Poole and Clarke to a five wicket victory and 20 points.

This weekend sees a bank holiday double header with the First XI hosting fellow promoted side Wednesbury on Saturday and traveling to Brewood on Monday. Both matches start at 12pm. Spectators are welcome to North End Lane with admission free and a selection of snacks and a full bar in operation all day. On Monday the Second XI host Bromsgrove at North End Lane start 1230.

Thanks to minibus sponsors Brookhire and Inline Engineering.



These two clubs met for the first time in many years at Newland with the promise of good weather and the prospect of a close-fought contest. Once again Dick Brown for The Green proved to be a useless tosser and was asked to bat first, opening with the experienced Kev Ratcliffe and Graham Baddeley in as a replacement for the unavailable Chris Horne. The visitor’s opening bowlers, Curran and Tom Wassell proved to be a handful from the start producing substantial lateral movement from the pitch, aided by the infamous Newland slope and a stiff cross-breeze but the batsmen rode their luck. The introduction of Dewinsky and Lock into the attack brought immediate results with Baddeley (23) falling to a sharply taken caught and bowled chance by Lock and then Dewinsky in his second over taking the wickets of both Ratcliffe (18) and Cyril Dean (1). At 44 for 3 in the 17th over skipper Brown looked shaken. Brown himself came to the crease to join Roger Thompson who was intent on upping the run-rate as his first ten scoring strokes brought no less than seven boundaries. Brown (2), struggling for runs this season, fell cheaply to a catch from Baker who repeated the feat to dismiss Dave White (2) with the score having moved on to 87. Ryan Scullion (40) in his first game of the season joined Thompson to carry the attack to the visitors and runs started to flow. Thompson raced to his century with a huge six over mid-off before being bowled by M Wassell whilst attempting the same shot again. Dominic Horne struck his first ball for four and then became M Wassell’s second prize and when Tom Wassell was reintroduced to the attack he quickly accounted for the stubborn and stylish Scullion. Bradley Adams (12 not out) and Rob Tyler (8 not out) made useful contributions in seeing out the remaining overs for The Green to finish on a respectable but very “getable” 242  for the loss of  eight wickets..

A good tea was taken before The Green emerged to defend their total. Adams and Scullion bowled with aggression but often lacked the control needed to prevent runs being scored to the short boundaries and Amblecote & Wollaston were soon well ahead of the required run-rate. Adams did pick up the wickets of Pearsall (6), Curran (0) and Baker (4) but he was expensive and at the other end Parker was settled and scoring freely, pouncing on anything short or slightly over-pitched. Dick Brown changed both openers introducing Roger Thompson and Robbie Tyler to attempt to stem the flow but the onslaught continued and Tyler was removed from the attack after just one over which saw him concede 18 runs. Dave Price replaced Tyler and immediately applied the brakes trapping the dangerous Parker lbw for a fine 65 and restricting the flow of runs from his end to a trickle. He would also account for B Wassell (30) in the same manner whilst Tom Wassell (62) produced some excellent scoring strokes from the seamers at the other end before falling to Thompson. Ryan Scullion returned for his second spell and found a better line and length claiming the wickets of Bingham (5) and M Wassell (2). With the required total still in sight for the visitors Skipper Brown gambled and re-introduced the erratic Adams and the run-rate saw a dramatic but brief increase before Dave White hung on to his second catch of the day as S Parker (10) departed. With eight wickets down the visitors understandably opted for caution and decided that a losing draw and bonus points would suffice. Deniwski (7 not out ) and Lock (4 not out) survived the remaining overs seeing their side through to a total of 219 for 8.

This was a good, fair, even and friendly contest where both sides had chances to gain the win. Thompson and Scullion could have won it for The Green with a little more support from the middle order and Parker, T Wassell and B Wassell could have seen their side home had Price not returned tight bowling figures of 15-4-2-26.

Thanks to the day's speical sight-screen sponsor The Swan, Baddeley's Ball Retrieval Services and to Paula (I'd do anything for Dick) for laying out the excellent teas supplied by Creese & Creese.