25th August 2008 - Match Reports will appear here.

BGCC 1st XI vs Netherton Netherton vs BGCC 2nd XI

On Monday again the Green played host, this time to bottom side Netherton.  Adrift at the foot of the table and needing 24 points on winning the toss visiting skipper Dan Jeavons decided to bat first.  Netherton got off to a flyer as the Greens sluggish fielding display saw runs leaked at regular intervals.  Andrew Ford, finding sharp turn and bounce proved to be the Greens most successful bowler as he finished with 4 for 48 off 17 overs.  The Green did manage to lift their standards after drinks and did relatively well to restrict Netherton to 205 for 7 off their 50 overs.  In reply the Green lost Jez Clarke early for 4 and the dismissal of Golder for 19 led to a dramatic collapse.  Again looking comfortable Ford was clean bowled and when Tim Clarke, Paul Yorke and Adam Binks all fell without scoring and Paddock for just 8 the Green found themselves in huge trouble at 44 for 7.  Aussie Matt Shimell and skipper Chris Smedley dug in.  Shimell decided a counter attack to be the best form of getting back into the game and struck several attractive boundaries in his 39.  However when he and Smedley both fell in quick succession final pair Tim Williams and Tom Clack had 14 overs to bat and still 114 to win.  Williams showed good concentration against the sharply turning ball as the pitch started to deteriorate and Clack attacked the quicker bowlers superbly.  He struck the ball cleanly down the ground and showed great maturity and calmness as the draw became a possibility with the overs gradually disappearing.  With just one over left Clack was on strike to the spin of Davenport.  There was still to be plenty of drama though.  Davenport twice found the outside edge only for the ball to drop agonisingly short of slip.  These was followed by a play and miss as the ball pitched on line and spun past off stump.  However Clack remained calm and he and Williams saw their side to the draw and 7 points.  Despite another poor display the Green managed to stunt a run of defeats and will be encouraged by the performance of one of their younger players. 

The Green remain in 5th position with 2 games to go and will be looking for a strong finish to the season as they still require a hand full of points to ensure division 1 survival.


On Bank Holiday Monday the green seconds travelled to Netherton once again the lineup was much changed from the previous game. Surprisingly Netherton won the toss and chose to bat on a ropey looking wicket with an uncut wet outfield, they found runs hard to come by as Sam Spencer bowled his eight overs for only 8 runs, Matt Brookes bowled 18 overs taking 4 for 45, Duncan bell took 3 for 11 off 12 overs and Lewis Hooper finished off the innings taking 2 for 4, the home side were bowled out for 77.
Chasing the small target the green got off to the worst start possible losing openers Dave White and James Watson within the first 5 overs, a recovery was made by Tom Banks and Lewis Hooper they put on 43 in 22 overs , then Ashlea Brewer and Hooper added 25 in 13 overs , Lewis Hooper was out for a fine match winning innings of 47, it was left to Ryan Scullion to hit the winning runs and the green were victors by 4 wickets. To put the scores into context only 4 boundaries were hit in the game, so the 47 by Hooper was by far the most substantial contribution of the game.
A fine win in difficult circumstances giving the Green the maximum 24 points