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T he 3rd XI finally made its debut at “Fortress Withy”.Following a supreme effort “beyond the call”, the field was in remarkably good shape for the back end of May, having been given a decent short-back-and-sides by the Club Treasurer following some heavy duty rolling.  Nonetheless, the scorched earth approach adopted by the Marshfield Recreation idiots to marking out their football pitches means that fielding is always going to involve a certain amount of Russian Roulette as a ball hit firmly along the ground that encounters one of these ‘trenches’ will put an unsuspecting fielder’s life and limb at some considerable risk.

richard guyPrior to the game, a working party led by Captain Wills, with his trusty Bishops and special agent (006½) Commander Roper, successfully tacked down the rippled surface of the artificial wicket, removed a fair bit of encroaching turf, and then swept and rolled to produce a very respectable-looking strip for the afternoon’s activity.

Despite his eagerness to get his pads on and profit from this excellent opportunity to invite the opposition to spend the first half of a lovely afternoon toiling in the field, the Skipper (and your correspondent) promptly lost the toss and Winsley elected to bat… principally because their ‘keeper was running 30 minutes late.  There was then an interesting interlude during which the opposition appeared to be doing quite of lot of introducing one another, with two of the clearly “new boys” then appearing to open their innings.

About 30 overs later, we took our first wicket of the day (a run out, no less), with the score on 220 and the outgoing batsman with 118 to his name.  Despite much toiling on the parts of Harry Smith, Simon Bishop and Andy Pierce, it proved a more than challenging task either to get the past the ever-widening bats of the Winsley pair, or to entice any air-shot to come down near a fielder.  The pain continued for another 40 runs or so (relieved only by the Vice-Captain circling under a bit of skier and nearly suffering a bulls-eye on the top of his head) before Agent 006½ hung on to a big hit at long-on and Piercey had the other opener for 120.  But that was it, wicket-wise, and a tired 3rd XI trudged off looking at a target in excess of 280…

Mouldy’s excellent tea revived the spirits somewhat (although removed any chance of quick singles, or scampered 2’s) but failed to transform us into Chris Gayle look-a-likes.  Wickets tumbled at regular intervals, three of the top five managed to get out to full-tosses and, although there were decent starts by a number of others, we never looked like threatening the Winsley total and, in the end, we didn’t (finishing on 159 all out after almost 43 overs).  All credit to Harry Smith, aided by Simon Bish and Willsy for securing some valuable batting points at the end.

So, in the end, a bit demoralising but no shame in coming up against a couple of batters who are unlikely to continue playing 3rd team cricket for long.  Indeed, this Winsley 3rd XI was superior to their 2nd team, which was easily beaten by MCC 2’s earlier in the season… go figure.  Marshfield man of the match was not awarded; champagne moment (apart from Threaders’ pirouetting) was Simon stopping a screaming straight drive with his left shin and going down like a culled badger (the bruise can still be viewed on request).  Too bad he didn’t catch it, as this would have been the breakthrough we needed!

Richard Guy

Fixture Details

Type : League: Wilts League Division 7 - 2013 Date : Saturday 25th May 2013
Toss: Winsley CC - 3rd XI won the toss and elected to bat Start Time: 14:00
Ground: Withymead Rules Type: Standard

Highlights :

Neil Gibson (Winsley) 118, Matt Wheeldon (Winsley) 120

Result Summary

Result:    Winsley CC - 3rd XI - Won by 123 runs
  Marshfield CC - 3rd XIWinsley CC - 3rd XI
Score 159 for 10 (42.5 overs) 282 for 2 (45 overs) 'b' 't'
Game Points 0 0
Total Points 0 0

Winsley CC - 3rd XI

Batting

 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Unsure run out (Richard Guy)   118 0 0 0
2 Unsure ct Martin Roper b  Andrew Pierce 120 0 0 0
3 Rupert Evans not out   14 0 0 0
4 Unsure not out   8 0 0 0
5 Unsure did not bat          
6 Dominic Alsop did not bat          
7 Ellis Rees did not bat          
8 Keith Potter did not bat          
9 Rich Alsop did not bat          
10 J Neate did not bat          
11 Stephen Chalke* did not bat          
Extras       22  
Total 282  
Wickets 2  
Overs 45  

* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

220-1 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 266-2 Unsure (Rupert Evans-0*); 
 

* = not out batsman

Bowling

  BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 Harry Smith 12 4 42 0 0 0
2 Simon Bishop 12 0 86 0 0 0
3 Andrew Pierce 11 0 55 1 0 0
4 Martin Roper 4 0 46 0 0 0
5 Michael Holman 4 0 33 0 0 0
6 Mike Threadgill 2 0 6 0 0 0
  Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 0 1
  Total 45 4 268 2 0 0

Marshfield CC - 3rd XI

Batting

 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Richard Guy* ct Unsure b  Keith Potter 30 5 0 0
2 Robert Redman   b  J Neate 2 0 0 0
3 Terry Bishop ct Rupert Evans b  Unsure 0 0 0 0
4 Martin Ould ct Unsure b  J Neate 22 4 0 0
5 Martin Roper ct Unsure b  Keith Potter 3 0 0 0
6 Michael Holman   b  Keith Potter 2 0 0 0
7 Simon Bishop ct Unsure b  Dominic Alsop 15 2 0 0
8 Andy Wills   b  Stephen Chalke 12 1 0 0
9 Harry Smith lbw b  Stephen Chalke 27 2 0 0
10 Mike Threadgill not out   3 0 0 0
11 Andrew Pierce   b  Unsure 6 0 0 0
Extras       37  
Total 159  
Wickets all out  
Overs 42.5  

* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

5-1 Robert Redman (Richard Guy-2*); 10-2 Terry Bishop (Richard Guy-4*); 48-3 Martin Ould (Richard Guy-16*); 59-4 Martin Roper (Richard Guy-24*); 61-5 Michael Holman (Richard Guy-24*); 75-6 Richard Guy (Simon Bishop-4*); 92-7 Simon Bishop (Andy Wills-5*); 125-8 Andy Wills (Harry Smith-15*); 146-9 Harry Smith (Mike Threadgill-3*); 159-10 Andrew Pierce (Mike Threadgill-3*); 
 

* = not out batsman

Bowling

  BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 Unsure 12 4 37 1 0 0
2 J Neate 8 1 26 2 0 0
3 Keith Potter 9 1 27 3 0 0
4 Rich Alsop 4 0 18 0 0 0
5 Dominic Alsop 5 0 16 1 0 0
6 Stephen Chalke 4 0 12 2 0 0
7 Unsure 0.5 0 4 1 0 0
  Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 0 0
  Total 42.5 6 140 10 0 0

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