Bromsgrove vs BGCC Sunday
The Green added this
top-class collapse to their long list of Sunday offences. Arriving late,
skipper Wajzer lost the toss and sent out Hill and Lewis to face
considerable pace and movement on a damp track. Lewis tried some bold
early strokeplay, and somehow failed to be caught and then run out off
the same ball, but the partnership settled as Hill struck three crisp
boundaries. They passed 50 at a good rate, saw off the opening seamers,
and looked to dominate the slower replacements.
Nine wickets fell for 40 in the next hour. Hill struck Jones straight
but not quite far enough, and was held just inside the ropes. This was a
fatal error and possibly the last straight shot in the innings. Lewis
succumbed at once, gifting Kendall the first of four wickets. Simon
Cooke and Graham Spiers both made 21, but no other bat passed 6, as a
series of inept swipes kept the scorers busy.
Ian Bryant’s appearance at No.11 caused comment, much of it from
himself, but he and the increasingly aggressive Spiers buckled down and
added useful runs. The Green batting order, and Bryant’s survival (5
no), were equally unexplained as the players took early tea.
Bromsgrove’s reply was mercifully swift. Court and Rose raced to 100
before a run-out farce and a few final boundaries. There were no extras
except the usual choice batch of wides. Wajzer announced that the wicket
was taking spin (which it was), but admitted that he had chosen a team
of ten medium-pacers. The fielding apart, this was a poor all-round
Barnards Green 127 all out (42 overs; A Kendall 4-14); Bromsgrove 129-1
(16.2 overs; J Rose 63 no).