25th May 2013 - Match Reports.

BGCC1st XI vs Dorridge - (League Review)
Dorridge continue to set the pace in Division One as they returned from Barnards Green with their fifth win in five games to maintain their 100% record. In truth, it was a mismatch as the League leaders cruised past a Barnards Green total of 188 with nine wickets in hand and 17 overs remaining. After losing their first wicket with the total on 6, a stand of 75 for the second Barnards Green wicket between Mark Hooper (38) and Alex Hepburn (36) promised much but they soon slipped to 137 for eight before a feisty stand of 51 between Tim Williams (20) and Ashlea Brewer (22 not out) saw them to their final total which Dorridge surpassed for the loss of Jonathan Webb (107). He faced 71 balls and his opening partner Val Butt (52 not out) faced 103 balls as they opened up with 167 for the first wicket. The game was, then, finished very quickly by James Atkinson who hit five boundaries in an unbeaten 20. In the home side’s innings, Webb took 3 for 29, Iftikhar Ahmed picked up 2 for 31 and Ali Ebad finished with 2 for 14


Extract courtesy of Birmingham League


BGCC 1st XI vs Dorridge - ( Official Match Report)

BGCC 1st XI slip to bottom of the league after being well beaten by impressive unbeaten Dorridge. 

Captain Andy Ford lost the toss and BGCC were asked to bat first. After losing Adam Dovey early caught behind by Atkinson off K Shah, Mark Hooper and Alex Hepburn established a solid partnership. They had put on 75 when Hepburn was stumped for 36, this triggered a mid-order collapse from 81 for 1 to 90 for 5 as Ahmad and Ebad claimed two wickets each. Jon Dovey and Elliot Hennessy came and went, then Hooper was caught at long on by Ahmad for 38.

This left Andy Ford and Dannie Rees at the crease but unfortunately neither could push on after decent starts, thanks to some fine bowling by Webb. Rees fell first caught behind for 15 then Ford was caught and bowled for 17. Cessford hit a quick 13 before being caught at cover point by Ahmad off McGillivray. With BGCC struggling on 137 for 8 with 8 overs to go Ash Brewer joined Tim Williams. Both batted with purpose – clearly trying to accumulate as big a total as possible to give the Green something to bowl at. Their partnership of 51 ended when Williams was caught by Butt at long on for 20 of 21 balls to give Webb his third wicket. Kingsland was then run out without facing, leaving Brewer not out 22 off 22 balls including his signature 6 over deep mid-wicket. The Green were 188 all out with 3 balls remaining knowing only a faultless fielding and bowling display could stop a fourth consecutive defeat.

Dorridge openers Butt and Webb batted confidently giving few, if any, chances despite the best efforts of the Green’s six bowlers. Webb batted impressively and aggressively, reaching his 50 off 39 and his 100 of only 71 balls. Their partnership of 167 was only ended when smart fielding from Rees at cover meant Webb was run out for 107 (which included 15 fours and 1 six). Atkinson joined Butt and took no time in taking Dorridge to victory with a 5 boundaries in six balls. Dorridge claimed the full 20 points as they finished 190 for 1 off 33 overs, Butt not out 52 and Atkinson not out 20. Next week the 55 over old format returns and here’s hoping it brings a change of fortune too.