after the lord mayors show….
I t was an unseasonably cold and breezy June day when 11 MCC men good and true buoyed by last week’s astounding comeback victory against local rivals Box turned up at Bratton Recreational Ground for the 2nd time this season. This time Boomsbury CC were the opposition and although there were plenty of dark clouds threatening rain it never materialised and the game started on time.
Returning Captain Guy went out to the middle to toss up and to the mild relief of all didn’t have to make a decision after calling wrong. The excitable and enthusiastic Boomsbury captain asked MCC to take the field and Profanisaurus Guy bravely decided against convention and accompanying the as ever immaculately turned out Al Chivers opened up with the spin of Singh. Both bowlers bowled some good stuff and snagged a wicket apiece early doors but too many loose ones meant that the pressure never really built with Chown and Mitchell (L.) moving the score on steadily.
The skip brought on your correspondence in place of Chivers hoping for a repeat performance of last week heroics but it never happened. After his full 12 overs Kartar was replaced by the veteran Pierce, who after 3 tight overs tempted Mitchell into his first rash shot and a skier was well caught by fellow veteran Wills, with the youngster 1 shy of his maiden senior half ton.
Chown was bowled by my goodself after a steady 46 with a bowl that snapped the bail in half. This brought Williams to the crease and the first ball faced he edged a dolly to Young Mr Grace at 1st slip, which he promptly declined to keep hold of. This proved a very costly drop and brought about that rarest of emotions, wishing Mouldy was around!!
Williams then scuttled to the other end where he began feasting on Pierecys next three overs (31 runs conceded), before the creaking old fellow begged to be taken from the attack, to be replaced by the ever youthful Threadgill, who was instantly in amongst the wickets again (suspiciously holding on to a sharp catch off his own bowling) whilst Williams made hay from the other end for a while. However, once he managed to face Threaders, he put him away for 28 off his final 2 overs ruining another set of potentially outstanding figures. The tiring Williams finally went in the final over bowled by Chivers after putting on 77 in very short time, with Boomsbury on an ominously large looking total.
Sandwiches at tea was a DIY affair with some spectacularly coloured cakes, with the skip hoping the e-numbers contained in the colouring would boost the MCC batsman into a previously unseen high.
The captain took the responsibility of opening on with Young Mr Wills and got off to a flier with two 4’s off the first two balls and with the hopes risen on the bench that Prof Guy was back in nick and about to lead a glorious charge on the Boomsbury total, but alas 4 overs later Willsy played all round a leg stump delivery and normal service resumed. Commander Roper was gone a couple of overs later to an outstanding catch at fly slip. My inappropriate slogging on a pitch now displaying variable bounce brought along the inevitable edge which the wicketkeeper gladly snaffled. The captain lobbed one up to a grateful fielder a couple of balls later and the MCC was well into its traditional collapse. The Commander ensured there would be no future horrendous fisty bumps seen on this arena earlier in the season by triggering an unbelieving Bish Snr. Singh and Brown departed without unduly troubling the scorers before a mini revival garnered some much needed batting points.
The still immaculately turned out Chivers played some lovely shots before being clean bowled for a useful 18. Redman was looking solid and executed some nice looking shots before acting like an utter bell smash. The opposition appealed for another LBW which this time did not move the Commander, however, Redrum did wander from his crease to graze in the middle of the green wicket and was promptly run out. In a final hurrah Young Mr Grace and a broken Piercey put on a 10th wicket stand of 35 which brought another batting point and the highlight of which was Threaders almost hitting the 3rd XI’s first 6 of the season. A gallant attempt to reach the next batting milestone of 150 was stopped just short in the final over when Piercey was bowled by McQuaid and confirmed a 93 run defeat. Prof Threadgill has now not been bowled since August 2010. A small measure of revenge for his dropped catch was had by forcing him to listen to what he claimed was son Sams Johnny Cash CD on the way back to Broadleys rather than his preferred Richard Hell’s rotten long player.
So what next? We have a run of games at Fortress Withymead in which we need at least a couple of wins to keep us above a relegation dog fight. The team needs a bit more solidity in the batting and the bowling a bit more penetration, starting next week against Burbage at the seasons half way point.
Champagne Moments: Shared between the clunk which sounded like a piledriver pounding a wooden pillar when Piercey decided to field with his knee, Ed “George Smith” Brown attempting a big hook shot and his follow through landing him on his rump, and Profanisaurus Guy doing a perfect Mrs Overall impression whilst the wind scattered his plastic cups over the outfield as he took drinks out.
MOM: The Bull in the adjacent field, he was insatiable
|Type :||League: Wilts League Division 7 - 2013||Date :||Saturday 22nd June 2013|
|Toss:||Boomsbury (Bratton) - 1st XI won the toss and elected to bat||Start Time:||14:00|
|Boomsbury (Bratton) - 1st XI||Marshfield CC - 3rd XI|
|Score||235 for 9 (45 overs) 'b' 't'||142 for 10 (44.5 overs)|
Boomsbury (Bratton) - 1st XI
|1||S. Chown||b Mark Dixon||46||0||0||0|
|2||C. Fardell||ct Martin Roper||b Alan Chivers||1||0||0||0|
|3||C. McNess||b Kartar Singh||8||0||0||0|
|4||L Mitchell||ct Andy Wills||b Andrew Pierce||49||0||0||0|
|5||K. Oakley||ct & b Mike Threadgill||21||0||0||0|
|6||M. Williams||b Alan Chivers||77||0||0||0|
|7||S. Oakley||b Mike Threadgill||0||0||0||0|
|8||S. O'Brian||ct Kartar Singh||b Mike Threadgill||5||0||0||0|
|9||B. Howe||not out||10||0||0||0|
|10||A. Mitchell*†||run out (Robert Redman)||0||0||0||0|
|11||S. McQuaid||did not bat|
|Extras b (11), lb (1), w (6)||18|
* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||12||1|
|1||Richard Guy*||ct Unsure||b S. Oakley||23||4||0||0|
|2||Andy Wills||b A. Mitchell||3||0||0||0|
|3||Martin Roper†||ct Unsure||b L Mitchell||1||0||0||0|
|4||Mark Dixon||ct S. Chown||b C. Fardell||21||4||0||0|
|5||Terry Bishop||lbw||b C. Fardell||6||1||0||0|
|6||Robert Redman||run out (Unsure)||10||0||0||0|
|7||Ed Brown||b C. Fardell||2||0||0||0|
|8||Kartar Singh||b C. Fardell||1||0||0||0|
|9||Alan Chivers||b S. Oakley||18||3||0||0|
|10||Andrew Pierce||b S. McQuaid||14||3||0||0|
|11||Mike Threadgill||not out||7||1||0||0|
|Extras b (5), lb (2), w (25), nb (4)||36|
* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets24-1 Andy Wills (Richard Guy-15*); 28-2 Martin Roper (Richard Guy-15*); 65-3 Mark Dixon (Richard Guy-23*); 65-4 Richard Guy (Terry Bishop-0*); 77-5 Terry Bishop (Robert Redman-4*); 80-6 Ed Brown (Robert Redman-4*); 83-7 Kartar Singh (Robert Redman-5*); 106-8 Alan Chivers (Robert Redman-10*); 107-9 Robert Redman (Andrew Pierce-0*); 142-10 Andrew Pierce (Mike Threadgill-7*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||7||1|