27th April 2013 - Match Report.

Moseley vs BGCC 1st XI


Harris century helps 1st XI to comfortable win in
 first Division One game

A strong BGCC first eleven made their Division One debut away at Moseley CC. Captain Andy Ford won the toss and chose to bat first on a sunny but windy day with showers forecast. This was also the first league game under the new ODI rules.

Openers Jon and Adam Dovey had put on 23 before Adam was given out caught behind by Yousaf off the bowling off Eburagh for 9, with more than a suspicion that it clipped his pad rather than bat. This brought Alex Hepburn to the wicket but his Birmingham League debut ended abruptly when he was also caught behind by Yousaf off the bowling of Dulai without scoring. 

Phil Harris, coming in at four, continued where he started off last week – for the second week in a row his first scoring shot was a six when he hooked Dulai over towards the clubhouse. The pace quickened and BGCC hit 50 in the 12th over when Jon Dovey also hooked Dulai for 6 – dislodging a few slates off the clubhouse roof in the process. Harris continued hitting freely, with a straight six off T Watts bringing up his 50 off only 27 balls and another bringing up BGCC’s 100 in the 16th over. 

Moseley turned to spin by bringing on Awan and Hafeez and this slowed the pace a little and ended the partnership when Jon Dovey was caught behind by Yousaf off Awan for 28. Kev Golder came and made a quickfire 9 before chipping one back to Awan. With the score on 140 for 4 after 24th over the game was nicely poised. Captain Ford joined Harris. Ford batted steadily supporting Harris who again picked up the pace, it was his turn to dislodge some tiles twice in two overs when he hit Awan twice for 6 over long, first to bring up the 150 and then to reach his century off only 79 balls. 

The score had moved onto 229 when Harris was caught by Chase at mid-off, off the bowling of Dulai. Harris’s impressive innings of 123 came off 110 balls in 139 minutes and included 6 fours and 9 sixes. Graeme Cessford came in at 6, but in trying to push on in the power play got himself out for 5, caught by Chase at cover off T Watts. Elliot Hennessy came in at 8 and kept the scoreboard ticking over. Ford completed his half century when he guided one through third man for 4. Two quick wickets fell in the last over as BGCC tried to squeeze every run out of the 50 overs. First Hennessy top edged one to Pickering at cover point then Ford was trapped lbw for 51 giving T Watts his third wicket. Dannie Rees and Ash Brewer added 3 singles of the last 3 balls to set the final total of 266 for 8 off 50 overs. 

Due to two brief rain breaks and a delayed start after tea, the calculators were out the tea break and Moseley were set a revised target of 237 to win off 42 overs.

Two quick wickets for both opening bowlers meant Moseley were 7 for 2; first Harris clean bowled Taylor for 0 then Cessford claimed his first BGCC wicket when he bowled Pickering for 3. Wickets fell regularly throughout the Moseley innings which affected their ability to keep up with the run rate of 5.64. Jon Dovey trapped Jones lbw for 10 to make the score 32 for 3 after 10. The solid Chase was joined by Hafeez and this partnership looked key to the game; they had put on 51 when Ford dismissed he dangerous Hafeez lbw for 19. Yousaf was then run out by a smart pick up, turn and throw from Harris at slip to reduce Moseley to 95 for 5. 

Moseley rallied when Chase and J Watts began hitting out. Watts had hit Ford for two sixes before he had revenge two balls later – getting him caught by Rees at cow corner for 25 off only 14 balls. Off spinner Kingsland then all but ended Moseley hopes of reaching the target when he dismissed Chase – caught well by Hepburn on the deep mid-wicket boundary – for 58. T Watts came in at 8 and he looked impressive but he was left 23 not out when the last 3 wickets fell. Awan was caught by Hennessy at cow corner off Dovey, Dulai was bowled by Cessford and Eburagh was smartly stumped by Brewer off Kingsland. Moseley were dismissed for 181in the 36th over – 56 runs short of their target. 

The wickets were evenly distributed between the bowlers and as a team BGCC made good use of the new format – taking advantage of the power plays with the bat and varying the bowling to not allow the Moseley batsmen to settle. The new ODI rules on wides affected all the green bowlers and it is thanks to some spectacular diving stops from keeper Brewer that the extras did not total more than 22. Overall it was a pleasing start to the 2013 campaign with a 20 point haul.