2nds claim 2nd win in close encounter
The seconds were looking to end their run of 2 straight defeats when they arrived at Malmesbury on Saturday. Bish was once again unsuccessful with the coin toss and Marshfield were put into bat. This week Mark Crawford and vice-captain Matt Clay strode out to the middle as the fourth different opening pair of the season and got off to a flyer. Boundaries were being found at regular intervals with some wonderful straight shots and the occasional more agricultural route over mid-wicket, Marshfield raced to 77 for 0 off 12 overs.
With the batsman threatening to put in their first performance of the season, Malmesbury changed their attack turning to the more experienced slow bowlers. They soon provided the home side with the breakthrough with Clay caught at cover for 28. The new bowler from the pavilion end was proving to be a real slippery customer and produced a game changing spell as he triggered a collapse of epic proportions. Crawford was soon trapped LBW for a good 39. He was soon followed by Linehan, Lamb, Heyel, Bishop and Chopper, all to the same wily old fox. Pullin was soon out as well for a grafted 31 and Marshfield were suddenly reeling at 150 for 8.
However a valuable partnership of 31 between Iles and Cox for the ninth wicket was followed by another vital stand of 17 between Iles and Trutch. This meant that the visitors ground their way to 200 for the first time of the season. If there was any slight disappointment at the collapse in the middle overs, the highest total of the season was a big improvement on recent weeks and gave the boys confidence going into the break.
A smaller than usual tea meant that this week the opening bowlers could run up without the worry of serious indigestion, which seemed to have made a difference to Cox as both opposition openers were removed early to put Marshfield on top. However a stand of over 50 for the third wicket frustrated the bowlers and the game seemed to be getting away from the visitors.
A resurgent Lamb ended a cagey quiet spell as he trapped the number 3 batsman LBW. Trutch made it 2 wickets in quick time with a moment of rare brilliance in a direct hit from square leg. However more dropped catches followed and despite the breakthroughs Malmesbury continued to edge towards their target, moving to 150 for 4.
As rain began to drizzle down there was another run out, this time from Matt Clay. This run out, coupled with a wicket for the hard working Chopper gave the visitors a chance. Rob Iles was introduced into the attack for the first time and produced a brilliant spell which started with 3 wicket maidens in a row, including the vital wicket of the home side’s number 4 for 83. In the space of 5 overs Marshfield had again turned the game around and put them in firm control.
The last wicket pair needed 30 from 3 overs to claim an unlikely victory but Iles provided a glimmer of hope for the hosts as his last over was spayed for 14, meaning that a run a ball was all that was required off the final 2 overs. Another dropped catch and a missed run out kept the game alive for a few more tense balls, but thankfully Heyel returned to claim the last wicket and cause wild celebrations among the fielders. You could sense the relief in the dressing room as Marshfield ended a run of defeats and proved that catches do not always win matches; you can sometimes afford to drop 5 or 6.
|Type :||League: West of England Premier Cricket League Wiltshire Division 2nd XI - 2012||Date :||Saturday 2nd June 2012|
|Toss :||Malmesbury CC - 2nd XI won the toss and elected to field||Start Time :||13:30|
|Ground :||Malmesbury cricket ground||Rules Type :||Standard|
Highlights : Dan Bye 83, Mike Whateley 6-44
|Malmesbury CC - 2nd XI||Marshfield CC - 2nd XI|
|Score||190 for 10 (44 overs) 't'||200 for 10 (43 overs) 'b'|
|1||Matt Clay||ct Daniel Bye||b John Williams||28||0||0||0|
|2||Mark Crawford||lbw||b Michael Whateley||39||0||0||0|
|3||Keith Pullin||ct Michael Whateley||b John Williams||31||0||0||0|
|4||Matt Linehan||ct Richard Mayo||b Michael Whateley||0||0||0||0|
|5||Thomas Lamb||ct Richard Mayo||b Michael Whateley||9||0||0||0|
|6||Johnny Heyel||lbw||b Michael Whateley||7||0||0||0|
|7||Rob Iles||not out||19||0||0||0|
|8||Simon Bishop*||ct Daniel Bye||b Michael Whateley||8||0||0||0|
|9||Alastair Christie||ct Richard Jefferson||b Michael Whateley||6||0||0||0|
|10||Matt Cox||lbw||b Richard Jefferson||13||0||0||0|
|11||Henry Trutch||st Henry Gaunt||b Edward Shellard||5||0||0||0|
|Byes (4), Leg Byes (2), Wides (29)||Extras||35|
* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||6||0|
|1||Richard Mayo*||b Matt Cox||7||0||0||0|
|2||Sam Thomas||ct Keith Pullin||b Matt Cox||9||0||0||0|
|3||Edward Shellard||lbw||b Thomas Lamb||26||0||0||0|
|4||Daniel Bye||ct Keith Pullin||b Rob Iles||83||0||0||0|
|5||Richard Mosdell||run out (Johnny Heyel)||0||0||0||0|
|6||Stephen Jepson†||run out (Henry Trutch)||8||0||0||0|
|7||Henry Gaunt||ct Matt Clay||b Rob Iles||1||0||0||0|
|8||Richard Jefferson||b Alastair Christie||0||0||0||0|
|9||Roger Lines||b Rob Iles||1||0||0||0|
|10||John Williams||not out||9||0||0||0|
|11||Michael Whateley||b Johnny Heyel||4||0||0||0|
|Leg Byes (10), Wides (32)||Extras||42|
* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||10||2|