3rd team batting collapse!
Aphrase that is both the name of our leader’s Sunday Pub Quiz team and an apt description of our performance on Saturday against Goatacre 3rds. It was clear that the once-mighty 3rds were in trouble even on Friday before the match, when Dicko was forced to call on the services of Prof. Old Codger once again to make up the numbers.
The match day dawned with not a cloud in the sky and the senior players were already getting worried that the Great Leader would employ his usual tossing strategy – win the toss (at least he wins this!) and put the opposition in. The prospect of toiling in the field in the hot sun appalled but what was this? Noel Coward sang “Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun”; the midday sun clearly got to Dicko’s brain as he won the toss and elected to bat. His plan was obvious – our batting wouldn’t last long and he could get his fix of bowling in the sunshine after all….and he was right.
Following much mid-week discussion and tactical planning, the (not so) Mighty 3rds innings was opened by the double act of Rob and Rob. However, the tactical planning hadn’t taken into account the best opposition bowling attack that we have seen so far this season, an attack well worthy of Division Six. Where were these bowlers when we played Goatacre last year? Some big away-swing bowling and a couple of regulation catches by the Goatacre wicketkeeper Mark Atkinson removed Rob for 2 and Rob for 4, respectively. Calum Burnstone strode to the wicket at No. 3 – would he be the steadying influence and example the more experienced players needed? Well, actually, yes! Calum showed that the bowling was playable with good technique, top-scoring with 24 valuable runs. As he played his sensible and correct innings, all Calum could hear from the other end was the merry clatter of wickets; Mouldy for 7, Trutchy for 6 and wicketkeeper Wills hoist with his own petard (stumped) for 4. The square-leg umpire then noted that Mr. Wills would have been stumped on an earlier ball, had the Goatacre wicketkeeper not been so quick in removing the bails and had allowed him to topple fully out of the crease.
When Calum was finally bowled by Harry Warner, it was Andy P’s turn to drop anchor at one end. Unfortunately, Admiral Cox failed to drop his anchor quickly enough and was bowled for a blob. Not to be outdone, the Great Leader had to get a Golden Blob! A brief flurry of (in)sensible batting by A. J. Rimmer amassed 9 in a few minutes before his stumps were rearranged by a straight one. Recalling the glories of earlier years, Prof. Old Codger managed to score his first runs (yes, plural) since 2010 and watch Andy P farm the strike to put on a stand for the last wicket. All good things must come to an end and so Andy guided a leg-side long-hop straight into the hands of short fine leg to bring the Marshfield innings to a close at 85 all out [C. Burnstone 24; E. X. Tras 15].
The highlight of the afternoon – the Mouldy tea! Despite the heat, a fine repast was enjoyed by all and there were enough leftovers for another fine nibble after the game (which was not too much later).
Would the fine bowlers of Marshfield bowl their usual fine and incisive deliveries and win the day? Actually, no. Dicko opened the bowling from the North End (Preston?), showing a bit more pace and vim in his slow-medium trundlers than of late. Then came the call to the young bowler for the second over – up the hill. I’m sure that I heard the skipper say, in broad and almost unintelligible Lancastrian, “Give a bit of rip, lad!”. Unfortunately, this was misheard as “Give it a bit of width, lad!” Poor Trutchy had to follow his captain’s instructions and proceeded to deliver a series of quick balls consistently towards first slip. Rob Iles replaced him at the bottom end and delivered ten overs of hostile and accurate bowling. Goatacre were batting sensibly before Dicko and Rob bowled both openers fairly cheaply. The only way we were going to salvage points from the situation was to ATTACK, so the Great Leader put the old prof. into the firing line at silly mid-off. Unfortunately, his eyesight is not what it was and he managed to pick up one looped defensive shot very late and turn it from a possible diving catch into an excellent stop. Our Leader immediately replaced him with Mouldy, who dropped the very next ball (and another one).
Our Leader had already had one flash of common sense with the toss – was this the one for the season? No – Calum Burnstone had had problems bowling too short up the hill in earlier games, so Dicko brought him on at the top end. Lo and behold – bowling downhill does make the bowling more pitched up! However, the total was well within the reach of Goatacre’s Nos. 3 and 4 and, despite spirited fielding (and a lot of chasing the ball), they reached the target with only the two wickets down. One high note – at least one of our batsmen outscored Extras but the same cannot be said for Goatacre [E. X. Tras 27, H. Kirkpatrick 23].
3rd Team Batting Collapse? Yes – the pub quiz team, comprising the Glorious Leader and the Fixtures Secretary, also managed to come last in the Fox & Hounds quiz on Sunday.
Tels Titanic Stats hit a slight bug this week so they are split into two innings:
|Type :||League: Wiltshire League - Division 6 - 2012||Date :||Saturday 26th May 2012|
|Toss :||Start Time :||14:00|
|Ground :||Withymead||Rules Type :||Standard|
Highlights : The tea!! Henry Kirkpatrick 23* (14 yo, on debut)
|Marshfield CC - 3rd XI||Goatacre CC - 3rd XI|
|Score||85 for 10 (32.1 overs) 'b'||86 for 2 (25.5 overs)|
|1||Rob Iles||ct Mark Atkinson||b Declan James Coker||2||0||0||0|
|2||Robert Redman||ct Mark Atkinson||b Tom Ponting||4||0||0||0|
|3||Calum Burnstone||b Harry Warner||24||2||0||0|
|4||Martin Ould||b Declan James Coker||7||1||0||0|
|5||Henry Trutch||ct Thomas Brazier||b Kieran Seal||6||1||0||0|
|6||Andy Wills†||st Mark Atkinson||b Kieran Seal||4||0||0||0|
|7||Andrew Pierce||ct Harry Warner||b Kieran Seal||12||0||0||0|
|8||Mike Cox||b Kieran Seal||0||0||0||0|
|9||Mark Dixon*||b Harry Warner||0||0||0||0|
|10||Michael Holman||b Harry Warner||9||1||0||0|
|11||Mike Threadgill||not out||2||0||0||0|
|Leg Byes (1), Wides (11), No Balls (3)||Extras||15|
* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets3-1 Rob Iles (Robert Redman-1*); 19-2 Robert Redman (Calum Burnstone-11*); 31-3 Martin Ould (Calum Burnstone-15*); 49-4 Calum Burnstone (Henry Trutch-6*); 49-5 Henry Trutch (Andy Wills-0*); 53-6 Andy Wills (Andrew Pierce-0*); 53-7 Mike Cox (Andrew Pierce-0*); 55-8 Mark Dixon (Andrew Pierce-1*); 75-9 Michael Holman (Andrew Pierce-4*); 85-10 Andrew Pierce (Mike Threadgill-2*);
* = not out batsman
|2||Declan James Coker||9||1||21||2||3||0|
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||1||0|
|1||Dave Horton||b Mark Dixon||7||0||0||33|
|2||Thomas Brazier||b Rob Iles||11||1||0||32|
|3||Mark Atkinson†||not out||18||2||0||41|
|4||Henry Kirkpatrick||not out||23||1||0||47|
|5||Amitabh Chakraborty||did not bat|
|6||Tom Ponting||did not bat|
|7||Matt Cave*||did not bat|
|8||Declan James Coker||did not bat|
|9||Harry Warner||did not bat|
|10||Kieran Seal||did not bat|
|11||Kieran Seal||did not bat|
|Byes (3), Leg Byes (2), Wides (21), No Balls (1)||Extras||27|
* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets36-1 Dave Horton (Thomas Brazier-10*); 38-2 Thomas Brazier (Mark Atkinson-1*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||5||0|