21st September 2008 - Match Report.

BGCC vs C.L.O.G.S.  

Barnards Green played their final game of the season ironically on the best day of the season weatherwise.  CLOGS kindly took up the invitation of a game at short notice and with the Green batting first, they made a steady start against a tight opening spell form the Olivers taking the score to 36 before an inspired bowling change saw Tubbs dismiss John Sherliker for 20.  Steve Alamutu and Duncan Bell then batted steadily punishing any bad balls to take the score to 120 before Alamutu retired on 51, Bell reached 50 before he was LBW to Simon Young.  Mat Higgs 43no, Dave Price 19 and Dave Bayliss 4no then saw the Green through to a fine total of 206 off their 35 overs.  After an excellent tea, the CLOGS set about challenging the Greens total but soon found themslves in serious difficulties at 11 for 4 off 8 overs with opening bowlers Anschuman and Jamie Longmore finding a good line with exaggerated movement and young Chris Freeman run out having fallen asleep on his bat handle.  Martin Oliver and Gareth Llewellyn (17) then steadied the ship before Llewelyn perished to Price.  Lawson Mayor then gave Oliver good support until Mayor fell to a Sherliker googlie for 23.  Tubs joined Oliver who was by now starting to open up with some thunderous boundaries which caused Green skipper Marek Wajzer to bring himself into the attack but two overs and 34 runs later he reintroduced Anschuman and brought on Duncan Bell, but by now Oliver had passed his century and could smell victory.  A cameo from Tubs and Simon Young helped the cause and when last man Graham Glendinning strode to the wicket 14 runs were still required.  As GG teased the bowlers with some delicate inside edges, Oliver regularly found the boundary to finish 123 not out and bring a fine victory for CLOGS in an excellent game of cricket.  Young Ben Alamutu deserves special mention for his first bowl in senior cricket and showed that he is a fine prospect for the future. 

 Thanks go to Clarke Roxburgh Insurance Services for their continued support of local cricket.