26th July 2014 - Match Reports.

Moseley vs BGCC 1sts  

 Rhodes century not enough for Green


Barnards Green travelled to Moseley aiming to get back on track after some mixed results in the last few weeks.


Captain Andy Ford won the toss and chose to bat hoping to gain the maximum 24 points from the game. Openers George Rhodes and Andrew Curtis set off confidently with Rhodes the main aggressor. Moseley made a double change of bowling after just 6 overs with Talbot and Hafeez replacing Eburah and Watts. The Green reached 50 in the 11th over as Curtis edged one through the hands of the diving slip fielder. Both batsmen found it more difficult to score off the slower bowlers. The Green run rate slowed as the boundaries dried up although neither batsman gave a chance.


Rhodes reached his 50 first of just 84 balls with Curtis passing 50 a few minutes later as the 100 partnership came in the 28th over. The bowling changed again with brothers Ali and Usman Awan coming on to bowl. It was Ali who finally made the breakthrough as Curtis was smartly stumped by the third Awan brother Abdullah for 62. BGCC were 124 for 1 with 21 overs remaining as Alex Hepburn came to the crease. Hepburn, recognising the need to up the run rate, started aggressively with his first scoring shot being a boundary. This was followed by a 6 and two well-run threes before he was bowled by the returning Watts for a run a ball 27. Unfortunately for the Green Rhodes had to watch as three of his partners departed without scoring. Alex Milton was given out lbw first ball to give Watts two in two balls. Mark Hardinges survived the hat-trick ball but was stumped in the next Ali Awan over before Andy Ford was bowled by Watts. The Green went from 161 for 1 to 163 for 5 in just 3 overs.


Rhodes was joined by Kev Golder who did his best to give his partner the strike but in attempting an impossible single he managed to run himself out for 6. Ash Brewer came in at 8, with the Green travelling fans hoping he could play one of his excellent cameos. Although he scored at his usual quick pace his innings was cut short when he was caught by Usman Awan off his brother Ali for 8. Rishe Umasuthan stayed with Rhodes for a while as the Green passed 100 in the 53rd over. Unfortunately he became Watts’ fourth victim (4-42 of 10 overs).when he was clean bowled without scoring. Rhodes finally reached his well-earned first century since his return to the Green – his 100 coming off 136 balls and including 12 fours. With less than 2 overs remaining Liam Smith had little choice but to go for it – which he did. He and Rhodes took the score to 218 before Rhodes (100) was caught by Shoaib to give Ali Awan his fourth wicket (4-73 off 17 overs). Smith hit the final ball for 3 to remain 15 not out as the Green posted 221 for 9 in their 55 overs.


Moseley set off at a good pace as Talbot despatched anything full to the boundary but in a fascinating battle Mark Hardinges had him hopping around with some well-directed short pitched bowling. Shoaib was happy to give Talbot the strike as he took Moseley to 50 in the 10th over. Andy Ford and Alex Hepburn replaced Hardinges and Liam Smith but this did little to prevent Talbot from continuing his aggressive shot-making.  He hit Ford for two giant sixes as he passed the 50 mark off just 46 balls. It was Hepburn who looked the most dangerous of the bowlers and indeed this proved to be the case as he took two in two balls – both lbw. Talbot fell first for 69 off 58 balls (5 fours and 6 sixes) then Nandra first ball. Masood survived the hat-trick ball but only lasted three more overs when he edged one low to Hardinges at slip off Ford for 10.


In a similar pattern to the first innings the batting side had gone from 98-0 to 111-3 in 4 overs. But Moseley’s middle order had many more overs to bat so could take the time to build partnerships. Ali Awan joined Shoaib and they both batted confidently despite the rotation of bowlers - not taking risks but keeping up with the run rate. Awan brought up the 150 in the 32nd over with a hook for 6 but he fell just short of his half century when he was stumped for 47 by Ash Brewer off George Rhodes. Chase joined Shoaib and this pair took Moseley passed 200 in the 42nd over and to the 222 required in the 47th over. Moseley therefore claimed the 24 points to move above the Green in the table.