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3rd XI Déjà vu all over again

Graham Bond

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).

simtownendEnter 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.

2nd BERCC 31 05 14 16Some 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”.

Richard Guy 

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Fixture Details

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

Match Reports

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Westbury & District CC, Wilts  Click here

Result Summary

Result :    Westbury & District CC, Wilts - 3rd XI - Won
Westbury & District CC, Wilts - 3rd XIMarshfield CC - 3rd XI
Score 225 for 7 (45 overs) 'b' 135 for 9 (45 overs) 't'
Game Points 0 0
Total Points 0 0

Westbury & District CC, Wilts - 3rd XI

Batting

NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
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) Extras34
Total 225
Wickets 7
Overs45

* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

3-1 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

Bowling

BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 Mark Dixon 11 3 49 4 0 0
2 Alastair Christie 6 0 26 1 6 1
3 James Roper 12 1 61 0 8 0
4 Calum Burnstone 5 0 24 0 2 0
5 Mike Threadgill 3 1 19 0 0 0
6 Andrew Pierce 8 0 39 2 1 0
Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 7 0
Total 45 5 225 7 17 1

Marshfield CC - 3rd XI

Batting

NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
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) Extras43
Total 135
Wickets 9
Overs45

* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

7-1 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

Bowling

BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 Jason Steele 12 6 13 2 0 0
2 Jacob Bullus 6 0 30 1 0 0
3 Chris Bush 2 0 19 0 0 0
4 Simon Higgins 11 1 24 2 0 0
5 Adam Osborne 11 0 32 3 0 0
6 Jake Ayrton 3 1 9 1 0 0
Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 8 0
Total 45 8 135 9 0 0

Match Officials

Umpires Terry Bishop
Scorers
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