Barnards Green Cricket Club.Match Reports.



July 31st 2005

Bromsgrove vs BGCC Sunday 2nds

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 effort.
Barnards Green 127 all out (42 overs; A Kendall 4-14); Bromsgrove 129-1 (16.2 overs; J Rose 63 no).