3rd XI Déjà vu all over again
The 3rd XI travelled to Westbury for game 3 of the WCCL Division 6 season: a clash between recently promoted and demoted sides. Attractive ground, plenty of grass on the wicket, a lush, slightly damp outfield to begin with, and long boundaries to guarantee plenty of running around for batsmen and fielders alike.
Following last week’s less-than-stellar batting performance by our 3rd team’s “recognised batsmen” (note the ironic use of inverted commas, there, fellow scribes), our intrepid skipper called right and had little hesitation in inserting Westbury. After 10 overs, this appeared to have been a terrific decision, with our opposition struggling at 24-2, and both openers out (one wicket each to Dixon and Christie, to smart catches by new draftees, James Roper and Sim Townend).
Enter stage left, at this point, the eponymous moment of “haven’t I seen that somewhere before” as a rather simple catching opportunity to dismiss the Westbury number 4 was refused by short extra cover. Clearly not a side to decline tight-lipped equine presents, this partnership, at first carefully and then rather explosively, occupied the crease for the next 28 overs or so, ratcheting up the score to (gulp) 204 before the captain claimed our third wicket. A new scoring App used by Terry Bishop, who simultaneously umpired the entire game while recording in intimate detail a plethora of statistics, allows your correspondent to note that Dixon’s second-spell figures at this point read 2-0-30-1.
Some semblance of normality was meanwhile restored at the other end by none other than a (sic) Pierce, who finally removed the Westbury no. 3 (yeah, the one dropped on 0) for 95 thanks to young “Chopper” Christie clinging onto a screamer out at cow corner. Final score after 45 overs was 225-7, an outcome mitigated only by an excellent tea. But, before passing onto Marshfield’s efforts with the bat, mention should made of a few other fielding highlights: first, a fine effort with the ball by returning newcomer, James Roper – ‘the lad bowled without any luck’, as a pundit might say; tremendous work in the field by G. Bond (it must be the genes) - even with a nasty thigh strain, he was seen diving and crawling after the ball before returning it to the keeper – reminded one of the knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail that refuses to give up even though all limbs have been cut off; and two professorial dropped catches, the second an apparent attempt by the Vice-Captain to take the ball between his teeth – but even that was screwed up as it hit him on the cheek… must have miscalculated that second-order partial differentiation equation.
And so to the Marshfield innings, and James Roper began explosively and promisingly with a powerful pull for 4. Unfortunately, his attempt to repeat the trick off the next delivery came gently to rest in the grateful hands of mid-wicket and cries of “oh no, here we go again”, could be heard from the pavilion. However…, in a meteoric climb through the order, Calum Burnstone came in at no. 3, and together with the VC, and thanks to some spectacularly wayward bowling, Marshfield had reached 70-1 by over 18 and were ahead of Westbury’s score at the same point (according to Terry’s worm, so to speak). But, either side of drinks, both Calum and VC snicked balls to the keeper and, despite double-figure contributions from Piercy, Rear-Admiral Mike Cox (yes, you read that right) and Sim Townend (as well as average-protecting not-outs from Bondy, Snr. and Threaders), the 3rd’s succumbed to defeat with a final score of 135-9 off 45 overs; top-scorer with 41 was Sunny Dries.
So, another disappointing Saturday. Champagne moment was definitely Chopper’s catch in the deep, and Marshfield’s player of the day is shaved by Dicko and his 4-49 from 11 overs. Two defeats, then, so far which have been “games of two halves”: the bit before we let the opposition make at least half as many runs more than they should, and the part where we don’t get close to matching their total. After the match, the VC told your correspondent, “If this is plan A, then I say to the Boss ‘the alphabet has 26 letters, so let’s try another approach.’ I’m sure he’ll see reason because dictum sapienti sat est”.
Terry Bishops Titanic Match Stats -Match Stats
|Type :||League: wiltshire county cricket league 2012 - 2012||Date :||Saturday 19th May 2012|
|Toss :||Marshfield CC - 3rd XI won the toss and elected to field||Start Time :||14:00|
|Ground :||Bratton Cricket ground||Rules Type :||Standard|
Highlights :Tom Blackett 94, Rich Coleman 78 (3rd wicket partnership of 182), Adam Osborne 3 for 32, Jason Steele 2 for 13, Simon Higgins 2 for 24. Mark Dixon 4 for 49
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|Westbury & District CC, Wilts - 3rd XI||Marshfield CC - 3rd XI|
|Score||225 for 7 (45 overs) 'b'||135 for 9 (45 overs) 't'|
|1||Keith Harford||ct Simeon Townend||b Mark Dixon||0||0||0||10|
|2||Jake Ayrton||ct James Roper||b Alastair Christie||1||0||0||26|
|3||Thomas Blackett||ct Alastair Christie||b Andrew Pierce||94||5||3||116|
|4||Richard Coleman||ct Simeon Townend||b Mark Dixon||78||8||2||83|
|5||Jason Steele||not out||14||0||0||21|
|6||Simon Higgins||b Andrew Pierce||0||0||0||5|
|7||Chris Bush||b Mark Dixon||2||0||0||3|
|8||Stuart Brothers†||b Mark Dixon||0||0||0||5|
|9||Philip Osborne*||not out||2||0||0||2|
|10||Jacob Bullus||did not bat|
|11||Adam Osborne||did not bat|
|Byes (5), Leg Byes (2), Wides (26), No Balls (1)||Extras||34|
* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets3-1 Keith Harford (Jake Ayrton-0*); 23-2 Jake Ayrton (Thomas Blackett-0*); 205-3 Richard Coleman (Thomas Blackett-0*); 206-4 Thomas Blackett (Jason Steele-0*); 211-5 Simon Higgins (Jason Steele-0*); 214-6 Chris Bush (Jason Steele-0*); 218-7 Stuart Brothers (Jason Steele-0*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||7||0|
|1||Richard Guy||ct Stuart Brothers||b Simon Higgins||19||0||0||71|
|2||James Roper||ct Adam Osborne||b Jacob Bullus||4||1||0||4|
|3||Calum Burnstone||ct Stuart Brothers||b Jason Steele||18||2||0||49|
|4||Alastair Christie||ct Adam Osborne||b Jason Steele||3||0||0||15|
|5||Andrew Pierce||ct Jake Ayrton||b Adam Osborne||15||0||0||43|
|6||Andy Wills†||ct Jason Steele||b Adam Osborne||2||0||0||11|
|7||Mark Dixon*||b Simon Higgins||6||0||0||24|
|8||Mike Cox||b Jake Ayrton||12||0||0||38|
|9||Simeon Townend||ct Thomas Blackett||b Adam Osborne||11||1||0||9|
|10||Graham Bond||not out||2||0||0||2|
|11||Mike Threadgill||not out||0||0||0||9|
|Byes (5), Leg Byes (3), Wides (30), No Balls (5)||Extras||43|
* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets7-1 James Roper (Richard Guy-0*); 70-2 Calum Burnstone (Richard Guy-14*); 79-3 Alastair Christie (Richard Guy-19*); 79-4 Richard Guy (Andrew Pierce-0*); 85-5 Andy Wills (Andrew Pierce-3*); 101-6 Mark Dixon (Andrew Pierce-3*); 115-7 Andrew Pierce (Mike Cox-6*); 131-8 Simeon Townend (Mike Cox-11*); 132-9 Mike Cox (Graham Bond-0*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||8||0|