31st May 2014 - Match Reports.

Harborne vs BGCC 1sts  

 Dovey shines again for Green 1st XI in real team effort


Barnards Green visited fellow top-four side Harborne in the first of the 55 over format games.


Andy Ford lost the toss and the Green were put in to bat facing a wicket where one end looked damp with overcast skies. As expected the wicket and weather favoured the bowlers. After hitting a fine six off Payne, Alex Milton was clean bowled by Land for 8. Alex Hepburn and Mark Hardinges came and went both caught by Polius at slip for 6, when driving, off Land. BGCC were struggling on 29 for 3 after 9 overs.


Adam Dovey was joined by in-form Jamie Tapper. This pairing toiled away in difficult conditions as Harborne turned to spin with Ali-Khan. After two maidens he broke the partnership as Dovey was trapped lbw for 9. Captain Sen changed ends and he too took advantage of the pitch as Tapper miss-hit one to be caught by Clifford at mid-on for a hard-fought 20. This left the Green 66-5 with Elliot Hennessy and Andy Ford at the crease and both Sen and Ali-Khan bowling well.


Ford (5) fell next as he frustratingly played on, giving Ali-Khan his second wicket. Ash Brewer joined Hennessy and he started well hitting two fours and an impressive 6 over the score box at mid-wicket before being bowled by Ali-Khan for 15. Hennessy was next to go trapped lbw by Sen for 5 as the Green floundered on 97-8 with still 25 overs to bat. This brought Jon Dovey and Rishe Umasuthan together and this became the key partnership of the game. With good running and some good improvised shots from Umasuthan the total had reached 124 when Dovey picked out Polius on the cow corner boundary to be caught of Ali-Khan for 8. Umasuthan, supported by Liam Smith, continued to accumulate runs and eat up the overs. Eventually Umasuthan was bowled round his legs for a fine top-scoring 25 to give Ali-Khan 5-31. This left the crowd wondering if the Greens total of 142 in 45.3 overs would be enough.


Harborne took to the field with a modest target to get in 64 overs - but were also aware batting conditions were still not easy. Teacher and student pairing of Liam Smith and Mark Hardinges opened the bowling and caused both Lloyd and Franklin some difficulty. Smith made the early breakthrough as Franklin (4) was surprised by the pace of the ball and chipped one up to Jamie Tapper at short backward leg. 10-1 became 27-2 as Smith clean bowled Lloyd for 15.


This brought St Lucian Polius to the crease to join Randhawa and although they both played and missed the scoreboard started to tick over. Andy Ford turned to leading wicket-taker Jon Dovey and was quickly rewarded with two wickets in two balls . Dovey trapped both Randhawa (18) and Clifford (0) lbw. Harborne found themselves 60-5 as Ford had Payne caught behind by Brewer for 1. Dovey continued his devastating spell as he clean bowled Parker for 1in his next over. Then he claimed two wickets in an over again to take fourth and fifth wickets. Sen miss-hit one to be caught by Jamie Tapper at short backward leg for 6 and Ali-Khan fell lbw without scoring.


Harborne were 72 for 8 Polius had watched 6 of his colleagues depart for 13 runs in 5 overs! With 71 needed for victory in 41 overs there really was no rush but no 10 Land had other ideas. He hit two huge straight sixes off Ford and another boundary off Dovey before taking one risk too many. Hardinges returned the attack and Land skied his second ball to be well caught by Alex Milton at mid-on for 19. Just four balls later keeper Perry was clean bowled to give Hardinges his second wicket and Green the victory by 42 runs. Polius was stranded on 31 not out as Harborne were bowled out for 100 in the 28th over. Jon Dovey finished with figures of 5 for 28 in just 7 overs but this victory was also a result of excellent fielding, positivity and good team spirit.   Harborne take 4 points from the game while BGCCs 24 points take them second in the league.