25th August 2012 - Match Reports.

BGCC 1sts vs Old Elizabethans.  

Rain stops play to frustrate the Green in local derby.


After luckily missing the earlier storms BGCC firsts were disappointed to have to abandon their game against local rivals Old Elizabethans.


OEs captain Jamie Boyle won the toss and put the Green into bat so Adam Dovey and Mark Hooper took to the wicket to face opening bowlers Hemaka Pathrinage and Tareq Jamil. The score had reached 10 when both openers fell Dovey bowled by Jamil for 0 and Hooper caught by Boyle at slip off Pathrinage for 6. Pathrinage then trapped Josh Rurawhe lbw for 2 before Jamil clean bowled Kev Golder for 5. This left BGCC 28 for 4 with Phil Harris and Andy Ford at the crease.


This pair soon started to dominate the bowling, hitting some impressive boundaries including a four through the covers from Harris to bring up the 50 partnership in less than 10 overs. Their stand of 76 ended when Harris was dismissed by a sharp caught and bowled by Daniel Rootes - he had made 57 of only 56 balls including 8 fours and a six. In a fine spell of bowling Rootes went on to claim 3 more wickets to finish on 4 for 53 off his 17 overs. He had Ford caught at short fine leg by Jamil for 33; Liam Smith was trapped lbw for 0 before Dannie Rees was clean bowled for 13 after a promising start.


Tim Williams and Jon Dovey came together with the green struggling on 133 for 8 with more than 20 overs left to bat. Showing patience and good judgement both batsmen accumulated runs through rotating the strike and hitting boundaries off the bad balls. Their partnership of 57 was only broken when Dovey was unfortunately run out by Rootes when taking a second to a misfield. Ash Brewer joined Williams and this pair took the score to 209 for 9 when rain stopped play at the end of the 54th over. Brewer finished 9 not out and Williams not out 38.


Despite the best efforts of all the players to get the ground playable the 3rd rainstorm meant it was impossible to continue so the match was abandoned. OEs earned 9points and BGCCs 8 points was enough to extend their lead at the top of the table to 9 points.