26th May 2012 - Match Reports.

Cannock vs BGCC 1sts

Cannock hosted BGCC 1sts in this Birmingham Cricket League 2nd division clash. Cannock won the toss and chose to bat first on what looked like a good batting track. Hewitt and Will Fleet opened and started briskly reaching 32 before Hewitt was cleaned bowled by Jon Dovey. Benton met the same fate a few overs later leaving Cannock 48 for 2 off 13 overs. Collings joined Fleet and together they put on 80 despite some good bowling from Dovey, Phil Harris and debutant James Marsh. The partnership was broken when Collings was run out by an outstanding piece of fielding from Harris off his own bowling. Collings hit a firm drive, Harris dived full length to stop it, then threw it smartly to Ash Brewer who took off the bails with Collings out of his ground.  

Cooke came in and looked to pick up the pace before also being run out. He clipped one off his legs, Fleet set off for a tight run and both batsmen ended up at the same end – Cooke stepped out of his crease to sacrifice his wicket to allow Fleet to continue. Hawkins was bowled first ball by Harris –the middle stump sent flying. Suddenly Cannock had gone from 139 for 3 to 156 for 6. Shingler was quickly sent back to the dressing room by a sharp caught and bowled from captain Tim Williams. Ed Fleet joined his brother and this partnership looked promising until Dovey claimed his third wicket – trapping him lbw for 9. Williams picked up his second when Weaver was caught by Dannie Rees for 11. This left Will Fleet 93 not out with 3 balls remaining – he hit a 6 and grabbed a quick single to finish on 100 not out off 176 balls. Cannock finished 208 for 8 off their allotted 55 overs. 

Barnards Green openers Adam Dovey and Mark Hooper started slowly, Dovey was dropped twice by Hewitt at slip before being yorked by Ed Fleet. Harris was sent quickly back to the pavilion when Fleet got one to move away and clip off stump. Rurawhe and Rees became Fleet’s 3rd and 4th victims to leave the Green struggling on 27 for 4 off 12 overs. Jon Dovey joined Hooper and steadied the ship before Hawkins trapped him lbw. Hooper was progressing steadily (reaching 50 off 87 balls) allowing his new partner Elliott Hennessy to play the shots. They put on 91 in 11 overs with Hennessy playing fluently  to reach 53 off only 60 balls before he misjudged a ball to be bowled by Fleet to become scalp number 5.  

Tom Clack continued where Hennessy left off playing his natural attacking game, he and Hooper put on 27 before he was bowled by Martin for 21. This left BGCC 178 for 7 – needing 31 to win with 12 over remaining. Williams and Hooper looked comfortable moving the score onto 203 within sight off victory. Hooper then holed out, caught by Cooke at long off for 80 and Williams quickly followed adjudged lbw giving Martin 3 wickets. This left youngsters Brewer and Marsh to take the Green home. Sensibly they took their time – the score creeping up to 205. Marsh rode his luck when he was dropped at short cover by Hawkins before he punched one through the covers for 4. BGCC win by 1 wicket with 2 ˝ overs to spare gaining another 24 points to put them top of the league by 5 points.

BGCC 2nds vs Studley

On a boiling hot Saturday at North End Lane home skipper Judd Doughty continued his 100% record at the coin toss and chose to bat first on a white looking, used surface against Studley.

Duncan Cooper (8) fell early to a good ball from Rhodes, the visitor’s best bowler, whilst Doughty (36) took his time to help build a sound platform for the team. Jon Lewis (64) took off from where he left last week, punishing anything short of length or wide of the stumps with devastating effect. Jez Clarke came in at four to replace Doughty and quickly settled to score at a run a ball for his 33 runs. At this point the visitors began to show signs of frustration, the heat was getting to them, metaphorically and literally. Clarke eventually fell caught on the boundary, connecting with a sweep shot a little too well. Kev Golder, playing for the first time this season started well and looked set to add some further impetus to the innings when he fell for a well crafted 21. Louis Loader (13) played a couple of beautiful shots in his bright and breezy knock before making way for Lewis Hooper. Hooper quickly set himself and batted with real purpose and intent. He ran his singles well, upped the run rate and dispatched perfectly good balls to all parts of the ground as the innings drew to a close. He reached his 50 with a smash through midwicket which nearly killed a fielder before perishing just 4 runs later for a fantastic 54 off 52 balls. Dom Horne (0) came and went leaving Matthew Brookes (11*) to finish things off with Jack Macintosh (27*). Macintosh pushed his senior partner hard, turning ones into twos and finding the boundary with some delicate nudges and deft flicks. The innings closed with the Green making 297-8 on a wicket which despite the score still gave something to the bowlers.

The Studley reply began badly with Shane Thompson (9-1-39-4) beating the bat with regularity – unfortunately some of these balls also beat the keeper and boundary fielders too – however, working on the theory that if the bowler doesn’t know where it’s going, the batsman hasn’t a clue, Thompson plugged away and was rewarded with four big wickets at the top of the innings killing the came as a contest quickly. Brookes (12-1-32-3) found his usual swing hard to come by but bowled good enough lines to strike three times throughout his spell. Slowing the run rate also helped support Thompson at the other end and build pressure. At 66-7 after 22 overs the best Studley could hope for was bonus points and a steady partnership between Rhodes and Leavers nearly got them there but for the introduction of Hooper’s spin (3.2-0-4-3) and Mackintosh’s accurate medium pacers. Hooper ended the game when he looped one enough to encourage Rhodes to nibble one to Cooper who caught it well behind the stumps finishing the visitor’s off for 111.

Well done to the Green players who worked hard all game and, for the first time in a while, got the basics consistently right across the 80 overs played. Next week we face Berkswell away and a similar performance will be required to beat an equally tough opposition.