26th April 2007 - Match reports.

BGCC Sunday 1st XI  vs Chaddesley Corbet



With the Duncan Fearnley Sunday league only a week away new Sunday Skipper Jez Clarke was appreciative of the excellent weather and facilities available for this friendly 40 over fixture at North End Lane.
After losing the toss the Green were asked to make first use of what looked and later proved to be an excellent batting surface.
Andy Wheeler wasted no time by ‘having a look’ at the Chaddesley attack and immediately hit to all parts scoring 16 off the first over, this somewhat set the tone for the rest of the innings.
Accompanied by the more patient Judd Doughty they built the innings combining lusty blows and quick singles forcing Chaddesley skipper Bowden to bring his self on for a hostile burst but with no success.
Eventually Wheeler went for one big hit too many and perished for a quick fire 68 Doughty hung around long enough to bring his 50 up before eventually running out of steam. At this point the green were well poised at 120 for 2 after just 16 overs, Skipper Jez Clarke re built with Vice captain Harris and showed no respect to Veteran Perry who perished to the short boundary on many an occasion.
Whilst Harris was dismissed short of his 50 Clarke passed the mile stone with a workman like cut before he too gave his wicket away for 52.
With plenty of batting still to come the extensive order enjoyed the buffet bowling the visitors continued to serve up. The green then rolled back the years to the joy of the Sunday Social as Ex skipper Ratcliffe joined the party with Club legend Dick Brown who looked ever green as the pair drove backward of point and hit across the line respectively. The Green eventually closed on 325 for 6 of 40 overs.

The Chaddesley innings was opened by the Bowden Brothers who had only one intention of carrying on where the Green had left off and started promisingly hitting 12 from the first over from Brookes. Rich Brown also struggled to find his length from the other end as Chaddesley started positively.
This was short lived as Brookes settled in nicely and tied his end up. Brown continued to mix his length up with success having Bowden superbly caught on the cover boundary by Doughty.
This accompanied with an excellent run out by Harris who linked up superbly with stand in keeper Hoogenstraten was all part of a promising display by the youthful side.
Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals and Rich Brown was unlucky to have a sitter dropped in the slips by his Grand father Dick. Despite this lack of concentration the Green bowlers plugged away and with the introduction of all rounders James Scullion and Tom Clack the innings was wrapped up seeing Chaddersley 72 all out in the 14th over.
Barnards Green Sunday XI start their league campaign this Sunday at home to Bromsgrove.