28th August 2010 - Match Reports.

Redditch vs BGCC 2nds Barnards Green 4ths vs Tenbury 2nds

After watching the rain pour down for the last two weeks it was a welcome relief to take to the field on Saturday against a competitive Redditch side. Visiting skipper Judd Doughty won yet another toss and unsurprisingly opted to bowl and damp looking deck. Demonstrating the importance of this toss, home skipper Mukhtar was met with a chorus of boos from his disappointed team-mates with the news they were batting first (all credit to the groundsman for producing a wicket which looked and played exceptionally well).
Eliot Hennessy took the new cherry and bowled with pace and promise before having to curtail his spell after only 3 overs due to a shoulder injury. Lewis Hooper (17-7-43-3) bowled with accuracy and guile with the new ball whilst debutant Jack ‘Mac’ bowled an excellent spell (6-1-13-2) aided by some excellent catching by Georgia Hennessy (5-0-22-1) who then followed the ‘Mac-Attack’ by bowling her 5 over allocation keeping the batsman in check. Wickets fell at regular intervals throughout the innings as batsmen looked to hit the ball in the air on a wicket which was two-paced, due to the moisture. The fielding was, at times a little sloppy but the outfield was a little bumpy and the weather cold which certainly did little to help the visitors (plus we haven’t played for a couple of weeks!). Dan Hunt (8-1-38-1) spliced his spell between Hooper’s two stints and found some turn up the hill whilst Rich Brown (11-0-36-2) bowled the best has done all year on a Saturday. Both bowlers slowed the scoring rate down as wickets continued to fall at quite regular intervals until the innings closed on 184 for 9 wickets in 50 overs.
After a solid tea (the tuna baguettes, crisps and salsa dip were favourites of mine) during which a heavy cloudburst emptied itself on the wicket causing the game to be shortened by two overs the Green batsmen of Doughty and Steve Alamutu took to the crease. Alamutu, who raced to the game straight from work continued his frenetic approach and tonked the bowling to all parts for his bright and breezey 22 which included 4 fours and a six before he perished try to play one shot too many. Doughty (55*), very watchful at times, made slow progress as wickets tumbled at regular intervals at the other end. Hooper (0) played onto his stumps, Adam Greaves (17) feathered a catch behind whilst Hennessy (7) was trapped LBW in front of the stumps encouraging the home side to attack further and press for a win. Ash Brewer (7) hung around for 33 balls as he tried to steady the ship but fell to the excellent ‘china-man’ bowling of Ahmed. Concerned about losing and finding runs hard to come by Doughty, having consulted with the in-coming Brown (26*), decided to aim for the bonus point targets of 125, 150 and the losing draw points of 139 runs rather than risk exposing the tail to some decent bowling in an effort to secure a win. Brown batted excellently and played the spin and the seam with equal caution whilst Doughty, batting in first gear for the 145 balls he faced, hit a four in the final over to pass the final target of 150 to secure 8 well deserved points for a young team.
BIG THANKS go to John Hennessy and Steve Alamutu who both made sacrifices to play at short notice to help the team and the club out (other’s take note) and to Anne Wilson who braved the freezing conditions to keep yet another immaculate record of the game.

 
 

With Dick Brown absent due to injury the much-awaited captaincy debut of  Steve Hunt came at Newland against a Tenbury side lying in second place in the table with a real chance of clinching the title. Tenbury batted first and sufferd an early setback with Brad Adams removing Thompsons bails without him scoring and Steve Hunt running out the other opener Giles for a mere 7 runs. Da Costa having survived the run-out set about the bowling attack, being particularly harsh on Adams who struggled for line and length. At the other end the miserly Chris Hill bowled 7 maidens in his 12 over spell and was at times unplayable. With Da Costa dominating, the captain gave the ball to the experienced  Robbie Lewis who struck immediately with a first ball full-toss which was well caught at deep backward point by Dave Price. Another average ball saw Steve Hunt hold on to a skyer to dismiss Da Costa and Tenbury were in trouble. Hill claimed two wickets with catches by Mark Perkins and Andrew Wheeler and with Price and Lewis picking up three more wickets between them Tenbury could only achieve a total of 143 off their alloted overs. D Gordon was left undefeated on 43.
After another excellent tea - ( teams with "Old" in their title please note ) - the Green's response began. Chris Horne and Robin Longmore opened the batting in familiar form with Horne cautious as always and Longmore looking to force the pace. Horne perished in the 7th over, caught behind for 4 leaving Longmore, now joined by Andy Wheeler, to continue the onslaught. These two stayed together until the 17th over and a series of lusty blows from both men took the Green to 117 for the second wicket. Longmore was eventually bowled by Yeomans for a fine 35 and Wheeler follwed in the same fashion having accrued 75 runs. The Green's middle order wobbled severely as between them Dan Metcalfe, Zac Hunt and Mark  Perkins could only manage to contribute 4 runs and The Green slipped to 133 for 6 wickets. The dependable Robbie Lewis however managed to steady the ship and saw The Green home in the 26th over without further concern. With the services of accomplished batsmen Hill, Hunt and Price still in reserve this was a comfortable win for the home side who, in defeating Tenbury handed Bromsgrove the Division Four ( 2nd XI) title.
Once again The Green and Tenbury enjoyed a game played in the good spirit with both teams finishing near the top of the table and looking forward to next season.