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 3rdXI slip into the relegation zone after defeat to rivals

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Following on from last weeks resounding 8 wickets thrashing of Potterne, the thirds gathered in good spirits for the second game in a Withymead double-header, this time a crucial relegation battle against Box, one of the two teams actually below us in the league.  The Great Leader strode out to the wicket for the all important toss, only to receive an early double blow.  Firstly he actually lost the toss, and secondly the Box captain seemed to have the same plan A, and instantly inserted us in to bat, to GL’s clear disappointment.

Batting first for only the third time this season, the previous two having ended in heavy defeats, meant we now needed a plan B, so Prof Guy and Willsy were asked to pad up and set us on way to what we hoped would be a match winning total.  With the early confidence now waning the rest of the team gathered on the boundary’s edge to see what the Box attack had in store for us.  The first over down the hill was a relatively quiet affair, with just a single to the Prof.  Then with the first ball of the second over disaster, the Prof’s leg stump uprooted by a deceptively quick delivery from Rymer, bowling with a Malinga like slingy action up the hill.  A quick look through the Box scorebook revealed that this was Rymers first game of the season.  Was this a ringer we all wondered?  Then further disaster in the next over as an audible clunk reveals Willsy has nicked one behind, the finger is raised, and we are 3-2 after the first 3 overs.

Now we needed young guns Sam Burnstone and Jimmy Roper to steady the ship, but immediately there is a big let off for JR, who nicks one behind before he has scored, but only after a no-ball has been called.  However this is only a temporary reprieve, when after a couple of lusty blows against some short pitched bowling JR, in a carbon copy of the prof’s earlier dismissal, is castled for 16.  This brings John Heyel to the wicket, for what we hope will be a big innings to take us toward a sizable total, unfortunately 1 ball later JB is returning after Rymer’s LBW appeal is upheld for his 3rd wicket and we are rocking again at 37-4.  From there on wickets fall steadily with only Sam (22), and Father Jack, reliving his glory days with a brisk 30 despite being asked to bat at a lowly number 7, showing any resistance in our total of 106.  The general view was that this was about 30 below par allowing for the slow outfield, but could be defended if we bowled and fielded well.

Tea was a splendid spread laid on by the Prof, who had spent all morning preparing an array of sandwiches, and then selflessly got himself out early so that he could concentrate on full marks for presentation, and also to guard it from a group of rather hungry looking footballers.

3rds v Box  46 of 107It was therefore a slightly sluggish Marshfield who then took the field, also to discover that the sun, which up to now had spent the afternoon being unable to make up its mind whether to put in an appearance, was now beating down from a cloudless sky and the temperature was climbing rapidly.  Put this with our under par score and the pressure was on.  Undaunted GL took it upon himself to open the bowling, down the hill of course, with JB getting the short straw running up the hill.  First strike to JB in his very first over, and Box are discovering that scoring quickly on the Withy is not easy.  Kelly at the other end is getting very frustrated, and after one whoosh across the line too many, is trapped right in front of middle stump by GL, and the umpires finger is raised.  Kelly somewhat reluctantly leaves the stage, clearly unimpressed by the decision, and Box are struggling at 8-2.  Bean and Mullins then started to rebuild the innings and although the scoring rate is slow, we are unable to make a further breakthrough.  In the meantime Kelly had returned to the wicket to take over the umpiring duties, determined to show his predecessor the correct way to umpire a crucial relegation clash. 

In an effort to find a breakthrough the GL took himself off, and gave JB a rare opportunity to bowl down the hill.  This looked to have paid off when Bean nicked one behind, and Father Jack took the chance.  Unfortunately however, despite the nick being clearly audible to a hard of hearing 53 year old on the fine leg boundary, Bean’s return to the pavilion was quickly halted when he realised that a strange acoustic phenomenon know as the “Withymead Effect” meant that Kelly, just 22 yards away, was unable to hear the clunk.  Bean duly returned to his crease to continue his innings.  Bean eventually fell to your reporter, by now having taken on the short straw of bowling up the hill, but the wickets were not coming quickly enough, and Pettit eventually steered Box home for the loss of 5 wickets in the 38th over.  Box’s haul of 20 points against our 4 being just enough to swap places and put us back into the dreaded relegation zone by just 1 point.  With Westbury also winning, and Devizes beyond hope, it is now looking like a straight battle between us and Box for the second relegation spot, with all still to play for.

MOM is Father Jack, for reminding us of his swashbuckling former self, and champagne moment was an incident that occurred towards the end of the game.  Your reporter had returned to his position at fine leg after another over up the hill, to be given some advice by his father who was walking around the boundary.  “You want to pitch it up more and bowl a bit straighter son”, was his fatherly advice.  Thanks dad, why didn’t I think of that………

Andrew Pierce

Result: Box CC - 2nd XI Won  by 5 wickets

3rd XI

 

 

 

R

B

4s

6s

Richard Guy

 

b Richard Rymer  

1   

Andy Wills

ct David Kelly

b Rob Styles  

0   

Sam Burnstone

 

b Richard Rymer  

22   

James Roper

 

b Richard Rymer  

16   

Johnny Heyel

LBW

b Richard Rymer  

0   

John Iles

LBW

b Kevin Dolman  

12   

Terry Bishop +

ct Rob Styles

b Rob Styles  

30   

Matthew Green

ct David Kelly

b Neil Pettit  

3   

Martin Clist

 

b Neil Pettit  

1   

Andrew Pierce

st David Kelly

b Neil Pettit  

0   

Mark Dixon *

Not Out

 

6   

Extras 

( 2b  1lb  7w  5nb  )  

15 

 

Total 

( all out , 42.4 overs ) 

106 

 

Fall Of Wickets

1-1  Richard Guy (Andy Wills -0*) ; 3-2  Andy Wills (Sam Burnstone -0*) ;
32-3  James Roper (Sam Burnstone -9*) ; 32-4  Johnny Heyel (Sam Burnstone -9*) ;
51-5  Sam Burnstone (John Iles -4*) ; 73-6  John Iles (Terry Bishop -10*) ;
76-7  Matthew Green (Terry Bishop*) ; 82-8  Martin Clist (Terry Bishop -15*) ;
84-9  Andrew Pierce (Terry Bishop -17*) ; 106-10  Terry Bishop (Mark Dixon -6*) ;

* = notout batsman,

Bowling

 

O

M

R

W

Nb

Wd

Rob Styles

10.4

1

25

2

Richard Rymer

12

3

31

4

Neil Pettit

10

4

17

3

Kevin Dolman

9

0

22

1

Gavin Richardson

1

0

7

0

 

 

 

 

 

Box CC - 2nd XI

 

 

 

R

B

4s

6s

David Kelly +

LBW

Mark Dixon  

4   

Andrew Clarke

 

Johnny Heyel  

0   

Richard Bean

 

Andrew Pierce  

33   

David Mullins

 

Mark Dixon  

15   

Neil Pettit

Not Out

 

19   

Kevin Dolman

ct Andrew Pierce

Andrew Pierce  

13   

Rob Styles

Not Out

 

7   

Gavin Richardson *

Did Not Bat

 

   

 

 

 

Sam Plowright

Did Not Bat

 

   

 

 

 

Ben Richardson

Did Not Bat

 

   

 

 

 

Richard Rymer

Did Not Bat

 

   

 

 

 

Extras 

( 1b  2lb  13w  )  

16 

 

Total 

(5 wickets , 37.4 overs ) 

107 

 

Bowling

 

O

M

R

W

Nb

Wd

Mark Dixon

11

1

31

2

Johnny Heyel

12

2

18

1

James Roper

4

0

19

0

Andrew Pierce

10.4

0

36

2

 

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