welcome to withyworld 2013
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.
Prior 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!
|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|
Highlights :Neil Gibson (Winsley) 118, Matt Wheeldon (Winsley) 120
|Marshfield CC - 3rd XI||Winsley CC - 3rd XI|
|Score||159 for 10 (42.5 overs)||282 for 2 (45 overs) 'b' 't'|
|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|
|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|
* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets220-1 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 266-2 Unsure (Rupert Evans-0*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||0||1|
|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|
* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets5-1 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
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||0||0|