This was the first
meeting in 2 seasons of the most talked about Cricket Fixture in Malvern,
one which will be played 4 times this year due to Malvern gaining promotion
to Division one in the Evening League and BGCC returning to Division 2 on a
Although the weather was dismal many turned out to see the two rival clubs
battle out the 12 over affair. After a slight complication at the toss home
skipper Jez Clarke won the toss and decided to see what there rivals had to
offer with the bat.
This looked troublesome for the Home side as Dan Cullen (28) dispatched Sam
Spencer out of the ground for 6 off the first ball of the game. With R
Francis at the other end hitting out early although seeming to struggle
timing the ball Malvern raced on to 50 without loss off just 3 overs. This
called for immediate action and Skipper Clarke immediately introduced the
experienced Tim Williams at the one end in Tandem with the Familiar Ford at
From this point on the Green re focused and built again the key feature and
difference looked to be the Greens youth and agility in the field which
proved so when Francis foolishly took on the arm of Tim Clarke on the point
boundary which hit directly to see the Malvern danger man run out by yards.
The Green steadily pegged back their early deficit bringing the run rate
down and down Tim Williams (3-18) broke the more test like partnership of
Baugh and Carter after bowling the latter with a slower delivery and having
Baugh well caught by Yorke. The greens bowling was strengthened more so when
the ever reliable youngster Tom Clack was introduced to the attack in Tandem
with Rich Brown.
Malvern finally closed their innings on 113 - 5 leaving the Green less than
a run a ball for victory.
With sensible heads on the Greens opening pair of Kev Golder & Rich Williams
took on the rivals and paced themselves superbly. They both left the short
ball alone with care and picked up the single when available at the same
time as putting the frequent bad ball to the fence.
Malvern switched the bowling around including Kirky (0-28) Poole (0-19)
Arnold (0-32) and Francis (0-8) in search of a break through but to no
avail. The 50 partnership was passed on target and the green looked well set
until eventually Golder was dismissed by Griffiths(1-28) for an excellent 50
which looked a little too late at 98 -1the Green were all but home and it
was just left to Williams 60 not out and Ford 5 not out to finish the game
in the 10th over one wicket down.
Malvern Ramblers 113-5 0 Points
BGCC 117-1 11 Points
BGCC Win by 9 Wickets