30th June 2013 - Match Report.

National T20 Action.


On Sunday BGCC travelled to Tamworth for the BDPCL National T20 finals. They would face Moseley for the opportunity to play the winner of Tamworth and Shrewsbury in the final. 

Moseley won the toss and chose to bat first – giving BGCC a rare chance to chase. The Green started well, limiting Moseley to only 3 runs off two overs including a rare maiden in T20 from Jon Dovey before Phil Harris grabbed the first wicket when Shabir nicked one to keeper Ash Brewer. Shohab and Abdullah picked up the pace hitting boundaries off both opening pace bowlers but a double change to spin paid dividends. Abdullah was dismissed by Blair Kingsland for 34 when Jon Dovey took an amazing running and diving catch. Then Shohab was well caught by Liam Smith in the deep of Ford for 19.  

Awan and Hafeez batted well – making the most of the gaps in the field. Liam Smith bowled well and was rewarded with 3 wickets in 2 overs. Awan (21) edged one to Brewer then Mandra was very well caught in the deep by Tom Clack before Watts was clean bowled first ball. Hafeez’s innings of 37 ended when he was caught by Adam Dovey to give Ford his second wicket. Moseley finished their 20 overs with a competitive 155 for 7. 

Openers Phil Harris and Ash Brewer batted superbly – increasing the run rate throughout the innings despite some negative leg side bowling from Moseley. Both batsmen combined big hitting boundaries with clever ones and twos – taking advantage of the large outfield. BGCC were 75 after 10 overs and Moseley heads were down. Brewer hit the winning runs in the 19th with a fantastic 6 which frustratingly left him 49 not out (3 fours and a six). Harris ended 94 not out – a brilliant innings which included 9 fours and 4 sixes. 

After a 3 hour break BGCC faced Premier League Shrewsbury in the final. After winning the toss and choosing to bat first the Green did not get off to such a good start. Phil Harris fell early for 10 caught by Green off Barnard. The partnership of Ash Brewer and Jon Dovey took the score to 47 before Green trapped Brewer LBW for 16. Dovey hit a great 6 then was caught by Griffiths off Johnson for a run a ball 23. Andy Ford was given out caught behind without scoring off Green and after 3 massive sixes off his legs Elliot Hennessy fell the same way for 34 off 24 balls. The remaining batsmen helped the score to 118 all out in 19.2 overs.
With a modest total to defend on such a big ground it was going to need an outstanding bowling and fielding display to restrict Shrewsbury to less than 6 an over. In fact Shrewsbury were always ahead of the run rate and even the early wicket of Parker (12) caught by Tom Clack off Phil Harris couldn’t disrupt this. Ed and Rob Foster rotated the strike well and hit regular boundaries. Rob Foster was clean bowled by Andy Ford for 30. Leach joined Foster and this pairing guided Shrewsbury comfortably home with 4 ˝ overs to spare. Foster hit the winning runs to reach his fifty and Leach was 27 not out