23rd August 2008 - Match Reports will appear here.
|Tenbury Wells 2nd XI vs BGCC 4th XI||Pershore vs BGCC 2nd XI|
Saturday saw the Greens fourths visit the picturesque market town of Tenbury Wells for what was expected to be a tough match against the current 2nd placed team.
Skipper Dick Brown duly lost the toss but was not too upset on being asked to field on a soft slow looking pitch. Openers Jack Cullity and Ian Alley soon found good rhythm and Tenbury and with one opposition batsmen retired hurt with a torn calf muscle they were soon effectively 15-3 off 8 overs.
Alley bowled a very tight line and finished with 3-30 from 12 overs which included a stunning catch at short cover from Steve Hunt diving low to his left to clutch onto a full-blooded drive. (As we go to press, the tide is still out on the Isle of Wight!)
With the pitch assiting the slower bolwers, Robbie Lewis and Dave Price turned the screws on Tenbury with Price picking up a couple of very cheap wickets at the end to also finish on 3-30 from his 12 overs.
Cullity returned for a second spell and was rewarded with another wicket to end on 2-24 and another good performance from a star of the future.
The Green sat down to a fine tea quietly confident of knocking off the 126 required for the win.
The hosts had other ideas and at 18-4 of 12 overs the Green were looking at an improbable defeat.
Dick Brown (19) and Steve Hunt 14) started to find the boundary before both were also dismissed with the score on 57.
There then followed an excellent stand of 68 between Dave Price and Richard Wall. The shot selection was of the highest order as they waited for the bad ball and pounced very effectively. Coupled with some quick running between the wickets, they put the fielders under immense pressure and the only thing that was now looked likely to defeat them was the weather.
With 1 run required Price was bowled for a well crafted 32 which left Wall to hit the winning runs and finish on 41 not out to notch up his best knock of the season and also secure 24 points.
With just one game left at home to the run-away League winners next week, today proved anything can happen.
On Saturday the green travelled to local rivals
Pershore, with once again a very changed team due to various
reasons. After winning the toss and asking the home side to bat
first the greens young opening attack struggled to make inroads into
the experienced Pershore batting lineup, Stevenson and Stevens put
on 46 before Andy Wheeler struck with the first of his 4 wickets,
Stevenson made 19, Stevens 22, this only brought Liam Ridings to the
wicket who made 66 and together with Cox 17 made sure the home side
posted a useful total of 194 all out, best bowlers for the Green
were Wheeler 4 for 52 ,Elliot Hennessy 3 for 41 and Lewis Hooper 3
BGCC 1st XI vs Pershore
On Saturday a revitalised Pershore side visited North End Lane and on winning the toss had no hesitation in asking the Green to bat on a green wicket. Despite losing Kevin Golder early on Rich Williams and Andy Ford looked comfortable taking the Green to 45 for 1 after 12 overs. However Williams fell run out in farcical circumstances and Paddock, Tim Clarke and Ford (also run out) all fell in quick succession. Pershore’s seam bowling quartet totally dominated the home batting and a number of poor shots led to the Green being bowled out for just 105. In reply Pershore got off to a quick start as the Green attempted to press for wickets. Tim Williams picked up one early wicket and Ford and Shimell ensured at least a bonus point as Pershore cruised to their target in 33 overs.