27th July 2013  - Match Reports.

BGCC 1sts vs Kennilworth Wardens.

Rain comes just as game is finely poised

 

Barnards Green hosted league leaders Kenilworth Wardens this weekend – hoping in vain to get an uninterrupted game after the rain affected match earlier in the season.

 

Keith Bell won the toss and Kenilworth chose to bowl first. Mark Hooper and Adam Dovey took to the crease facing Alistair Wilkinson and BGCC old-boy Jason Young. Young was difficult to get away but both batsmen scored off Wilkinson. He shortened his run and brought the keeper up to good effect as first Dovey fell, bowled for 13 then Hooper was sharply stumped by Marillier for 12. This brought pupil and master together as Mark Hardinges joined Alex Milton at the wicket with the score on 41 for 2 after 13 overs.

 

They had taken the score past 50 before the partnership was controversially ended when Milton was given out stumped for a confident 21. Dannie Rees came and went for 1, to leave the Green 60 for 5 as Andy Ford came in at 6. Uncharacteristically the captain fell quickly caught by Young at backward point off Sitansu Kotak for just 7. Hardinges took control at this point, upping the run rate, well supported by new batsman Jon Dovey. They had put on 43 when Dovey was caught by Andrew Whitehall at extra cover for 9 off the bowling of Dan Wood. Ash Brewer joined Hardinges with the score on 112 for 6 with just under 20 overs remaining.

 

Hardinges reached his maiden BGCC half century with a driven four one of several fine boundaries in his innings. Kotak grabbed his second wicket – clean bowling Brewer for 10, bringing Elliot Hennessy to the crease. Hennessy was dropped at slip by a juggling Kotak, before Hardinges brought up the 150 in fine style with a giant straight 6 off Udit Talati. Hardinges’ impressive innings finally came to an end when a returning Young had him caught by Keith Bell at mid-wicket – his 78 included 6 fours and 3 sixes.

 

Hennessy and Liam Smith took the score onto 178 before they were both dismissed – Smith caught behind off Kotak for 3 and Hennessy caught on the mid-wicket boundary for 17 to give Young his second wicket. This left Tim Williams not out without facing a ball and the Green 178 all out.

 

Kenilworth took to the field hoping the increasing clouds weren’t going to bring rain. They did however bring swing and bowlers Mark Hardinges, Liam Smith and Jon Dovey took full advantage. Captain Bell was clean bowled by Smith for 3 as the youngster showed some good pace. Scott Stenning joined Nick Seager and the latter hit some fine boundaries. Unfortunately heavy showers caused two breaks in play – meaning a recalculation of winning draw total. Play resumed and Kenilworth had passed 50 in the 14th over before Hardinges broke the partnership as he trapped Stenning lbw for 14.

 

Dovey replaced Smith as he reached his 7 over limit - he was almost impossible to play and grabbed three quick wickets. First he clean bowled the dangerous Seager for 39 off only 43 balls. This brought ex-BGCC Jason Young to the crease accompanied by some friendly heckling from the crowd. Young would have been hoping for a good return to North End Lane after more than 13 years. But he only lasted two balls – spectacularly caught one handed by a diving keeper Ash Brewer for 0.

 

Dovey grabbed his third wicket when Kotak was also caught behind for 6. This left Kenilworth struggling on 67 for 5 after 19 overs when the rain returned. Play was abandoned with less than the minimum 20 overs being bowled so the teams both received 9 points (5 for the abandonment plus 4 bonus points). Kenilworth slip to second as Dorridge beat Bromsgrove. This result also means BGCC lie joint 5th with Bromsgrove who they play next week, one point off fourth and only 7 points off third place.