26th April 2007 - Match reports.

BGCC vs Malvern Cricket Club

 

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 Saturday.
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 the other.
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