Another Crockett 50 Secures Victory

MCC 1sts Trowbridge 49 of 115

Following last week’s disappointing defeat to Nationwide House – a team we comfortably defeated away earlier in the season – the lads were keen to get back to winning ways. The preparations for this match could not have gone better....Lord pulling out on Thursday evening with a side strain niggle; Bill pulling out on Friday as he couldn’t get out of London due to some second rate event taking place in the capital; on the morning of the match our scorer, the great (late?) Chris Watson was ill away, meaning Matt was late for the match; Rupert “I’ll play one in three” Crockett was driving into Tetbury when he thought something was wrong, seeing as we were playing Malmesbury, making him late for the start.

All in all tip top preparation for a sunny Saturday in one of England’s oldest towns (quick stat: home to England’s oldest hotel – The Old Bell). Podge told Chalky to sit tight as “you’re a useless to55er” and promptly lost the toss meaning we were in the field. 3 overs later and, with Malmesbury 25 for no wicket, this could have been a long afternoon. However, with Jerm finally finding his line and the ever accurate Stew at the other end, things tightened up and the wickets started to fall. Stew bowling through for the miserly figures of 3 for 17 off 10 overs. Similar economy rates from Matty Wats and Chalky, put the brakes on Malmesbury as they lurched towards their first batting point. Griff snared a wicket, Jerm returned with one and with Chalky removing the tail, Malmesbury were unable to reach that batting point – all out for 118 to see Marshfield claim full bowling points.

Tea was provided by one of their players, who even shouted at his team mates to “put the kettle on” just after he arrived at the crease! The highlight being a delicious array of crisps and a lovely lemon drizzle cake.

With the sun still shining and the track resembling something like the A429 (without the potholes and the hidden dips) Marshfield were confident of knocking the runs off without too much fuss. However, with both Malmesbury openers steaming in, Hobbs and AJ didn’t have it all their own way. Both were back in the pavilion with the score only on 21. No, surely not, we couldn’t could we? Well Marshfield batting collapses certainly do occur! With O’Bags playing and missing, causing much merriment in the five strong cordon with every swipe, and Bear taking his time but mixing in the odd big hit for good measure, there must be some more wickets. But wait! No, O’Bags found his feet and Bear carried on, passing a well deserved fifty. Thankfully  both players were there at the end having putting on 98 for the third wicket and securing Marshfield’s win.

There was still time for some quality banter (Olympic shooting or judo anyone? Julian Assange plays cricket?) as well as few light hearted beers at The Neeld Arms on the way home. All in all a good result. 

Ben White

Malmesbury CC - 1st XI

James Gillespie LBW b Matt Watson   19  55 
Richard Gaunt * ct Matt Hobbs b Thomas Lamb   23  28 
Michael Collison +   b Thomas Lamb  
Jack Ward LBW b Thomas Lamb  
Marcus Bond ct Jeremy Bond b Andrew Griffiths   18 
George Royle LBW b Ben White   38 
Antony Brown   b Ben White   22 
Theo Blundell ct Matt Hobbs b Ben White  
Thomas Pickering ct Thomas Lamb b Jeremy Bond   18  30 
James Pickering Not Out   32 
Philip Cook   b Ben White  
Extras  ( 9b  8lb  13w  )   30  
Total  ( all out , 43.4 overs)  118  


Thomas Lamb 10 4 17 3
Jeremy Bond 9 2 41 1
Andrew Griffiths 7 1 15 1
Matt Watson 9 3 11 1
Ben White 8.4 4 17 4

 1st XI

Matt Hobbs +   b Philip Cook  
Andy Jenkins   b James Pickering  
Rupert Crockett Not Out   69 
Owen Waters Not Out   23 
Russell Lodge * Did Not Bat          
Jack Ticehurst Did Not Bat          
Matt Watson Did Not Bat          
Jeremy Bond Did Not Bat          
Andrew Griffiths Did Not Bat          
Thomas Lamb Did Not Bat          
Ben White Did Not Bat          
Extras  ( 1lb  13w  1nb  )   15  
Total  (2 wickets, 30.3 overs)  119  

 Fall Of Wickets


Philip Cook 10 0 32 1
James Pickering 7 2 16 1
Thomas Pickering 4 0 24 0
Richard Gaunt 5 1 27 0
Jack Ward 4.3 0 20 0 0
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