3rd Team Batting Frailties Exposed


A s the philosopher, Wittgenstein once said, “at the core of all well founded belief lies belief that is unfounded”. Despite not having, what missing in action Skip Prof Guy would describe as, the correct “quorum” required for a cricket team, we arrived at the “little house on the prairie” that is the pavilion next to the emergency helicopter at Devizes with the belief of a successful season. The conditions were Baltic, but we were kept warm by the heat coming from Dicko’s ego, as he told stories of his 39 not out at this fixture last year, as well as winning most wickets award last season.

With the weather holding out, the opposition took to the wicket first. The quality of bowling from Marshfield 3rds was high, with the Devizes run rate kept down at around 2 for the first few overs. Wickets seemed hard to come by, as the openers started to loosen their shoulders only to be thwarted by some smart fielding by the Marshfield guards. The break through finally came, as debutant Karter Singh clean bowled the Devizian.

Another wicket baron spell followed, until another debutant, James Ford took his first wicket of the match with what has become is signature move. Approaching the wicket at pace, Ford bowls a straight ball forcing the batsman to loft the ball straight back to him for a catch. Another wicket came for Ford this way, and a 3rd escaped by a whisker.

More wickets followed for Singh and Ford, the latter taking a 4 wicket haul! Dicko did manage a wicket himself, and bowlers Bishop and “Commander” Roper. gave the Devizes tail end some more problems, with returning Commander Roper taking a wicket.

All that stood between the Marshfield 3rds and bowling out Devizes was the 11th man. Knowing that the big guns were required for this, Commander Roper mobilised his troops with an unlikely spearhead for the fielding attack, Dicko at silly mid-off. Like the Gorgon Medusa, this startled the opposition into not playing a straight ball from the Commander, resulting in the timbers being felled.

Following tea, Marshfield went in to bat. There was a lack of interest for umpiring duties; the weather had cooled way into single figures not helped by a strong breeze that cut through clothes like a knife through butter.

Wickets started falling, with Willsy, Simmo and Watts all falling foul to opposition bowling. It was up to Commander Roper and Dicko to lead the fight. They put on a partnership that Tango and Cash would be proud of, facing adversity with gritted teeth and a strong bat. That was until Dicko succumbed to a calf injury. The emergency helicopter in the adjacent field was scrambled, but they were too late. Dicko had lost the excellent mobility (cough) that makes his batting such a joy to behold, and his wicket was soon taken by the opposition. Commander Roper, grief stricken by the loss of the partnership, soon followed at the hands of an LBW. It was up to the steady hand of Terry Bishop, the patient play of Interim Skip Prof Threadgill and the inexperience of Green, Ford and Singh.

Green and Singh’s innings were as short as the cocktail sausages served at tea, both going for a duck. Bishop put on a few runs but was out to their 5 wicket taking bowler. It was up to Ford and Prof. Threadgill to fly the Marshfield flag.

Prof. Threadgill’s reputation was thrown to the dogs, as he hit two fours in quick succession, being denied a 3rd by what can only be described as some magic in the field. The ball was hastily running towards the boundary, splitting third man and fine leg. It looked for certain a 4, when third man hurled himself football tackle style at the ball, managing to volley the bobbling ball into the hands of the on-rushing fine leg. The pavilion was stunned.

The 34th over came. “Sad Eyes Sim” looked longingly at the pavilion as temperatures dropped. The pavilion looked like a warm oasis compared to his square leg umpiring position. His prayers were soon answered with the final wicket of Ford falling in the 35th over.

Champagne moment: Has to be the sorcery displayed by the Devizes fielders to deny Threadgill a 3rd four.

Special mention: James Ford taking 4 wickets in his full Cricket debut, following a successful indoor season.

Matt Green

Fixture Details

Type : League: Wilts League Division 7 - 2013 Date : Saturday 11th May 2013
Toss: Devizes CC - 3rd XI won the toss and elected to bat Start Time: 14:00
Ground: Devizes Sports Club Rules Type: Standard

Highlights :

4 wickets on debut for James Ford,

Result Summary

Result:    Devizes CC - 3rd XI - Won by 41 runs
  Devizes CC - 3rd XIMarshfield CC - 3rd XI
Score 161 for 10 (39.1 overs) 'b' 't' 120 for 9 (34.1 overs)
Game Points 0 0
Total Points 0 0

Devizes CC - 3rd XI


 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Edward McQuaid   b  Kartar Singh 16 0 0 0
2 Jacob Stoner   ct & b James Ford 53 0 0 0
3 Phil Gay*   b  Mark Dixon 46 0 0 0
4 Rory McQuaid   b  James Ford 0 0 0 0
5 Thomas Stoner ct Matthew Green b  Kartar Singh 4 0 0 0
6 Chris Vick   ct & b James Ford 1 0 0 0
7 Mike Read   b  Mark Dixon 1 0 0 0
8 Charlie Walker   b  James Ford 8 0 0 0
9 Ian Stoner st Andy Wills b  Martin Roper 4 0 0 0
10 Tony McQuaid not out   9 0 0 0
11 Alex Thomas   b  Martin Roper 2 0 0 0
Extras       b (9), w (5), nb (3) 17  
Total 161  
Wickets all out  
Overs 39.1  

* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets


* = not out batsman


  BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 Mark Dixon 12 2 24 2 1 2
2 Kartar Singh 12 1 60 2 0 1
3 James Ford 12 0 55 4 1 0
4 Terry Bishop 2 0 12 0 3 0
5 Martin Roper 1.1 0 1 2 0 0
  Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 9 0
  Total 39.1 3 161 10 5 3

Marshfield CC - 3rd XI


 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Andy Wills   b  Charlie Walker 3 0 0 0
2 Simeon Townend ct Thomas Stoner b  Charlie Walker 14 3 0 0
3 Andy Watts   b  Charlie Walker 4 1 0 0
4 Martin Roper lbw b  Edward McQuaid 29 4 0 0
5 Mark Dixon   b  Edward McQuaid 33 7 0 0
6 Terry Bishop   b  Edward McQuaid 7 0 0 0
7 Matthew Green   b  Edward McQuaid 0 0 0 0
8 Kartar Singh   b  Edward McQuaid 0 0 0 0
9 James Ford   b  Charlie Walker 6 1 0 0
10 Mike Threadgill* not out   10 2 0 0
Extras       b (2), w (7), nb (5) 14  
Total 120  
Wickets 9  
Overs 34.1  

* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets


* = not out batsman


  BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 Charlie Walker 10.1 3 40 4 0 1
2 Rory McQuaid 5 3 4 0 1 0
3 Chris Vick 5 0 46 0 0 2
4 Thomas Stoner 7 1 20 0 4 0
5 Edward McQuaid 7 1 11 5 2 2
  Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 2 0
  Total 34.1 8 123 9 7 5

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