oryctolagus cuniculi invade the withy again!
L ettuce begin with the toss: Marshfield’s skipper flighted a perfect 20p piece googly, bamboozled his opposite number, who called incorrectly, and immediately decided to have a bat. Only on the walk back to the changing room did our leader for the day notice that the grass had reached a delicious length, interspersed with those tangy, yet packed-full-of-flavour daisies, offering the perfect feast for the assembled horde of Oryctolagus cuniculi on the boundary.
Marshfield sent out two of their finest specimens, who gambolled between the wickets like characters from a Richard Adams novel. Unfortunately, this spritely start was brought to an abrupt stop by Burbage’s young opening bowler, who found the open gate between Redrum’s bat and pad through which Peter’s family could have made an easy escape. In came the promisingly named S. Jayasuriya, who quickly thumped two 4’s and nicked the bowling off the last ball of the over with a sharp single. Sadly, off the first delivery of the next over, Sammy wandered across his stumps, missed the ball and was dismayed to see the leg bail dislodged. Back to the hutch, young sir!
The ex- and current skippers then set about a bit of rebuilding and, at 60-2 off less than 15 overs, things were looking promising. Cue MCC 3rd XI batting collapse, number 345, and in a blink of an eye, we were found ourselves like, well, like a rabbit in the headlights, at 78 for 7, with only Mouldy showing any sort of resilience. Andy Watts, having survived a severe case of myxomatosis as a child, came in a number 9 and proceeded to show the warren just how easy batting could be, smiting his way to joint top score and recording the 3rd’s first maximum of the season as well. Good support from Fordy and a final flourish from the classy Roger Pierce, saw MCC to 121 all out with 12 of our allotted overs unused.
An excellent tea of dandelion and clover sandwiches, courtesy of Mr and Mrs Bishop, eased our disappointment and meant that we hopped back onto Withyship Down with renewed enthusiasm. This positive attitude, coupled with aggressive fielding, quickly paid dividends: the Burbage skipper fell LBW to Dicko (down the hill, of course) and their other opener was smartly run out by the still virus-free Watts.
From that point on, only the Burbage Buck at number 3 really stood between us and a favourable result. Sammy J bowled beautifully up the hill off a few paces (11 overs for 13 runs in the end) but somehow contrived to miss out on a wicket. Piercy teased out two potentially dangerous batsmen, while contriving to drop (off his own bowling) the Burbage run-maker twice in consecutive overs. James Ford contributed a very decent spell and grabbed another scalp.
However, with Burbage’s number 3 passing 50, the runs required were shrinking too quickly for comfort. What was the Skipper to do? The obvious answer was to call for MCC’s Mr. McGregor, of course: “OK”, said Dicko, “I’ll give it a whirl, but let me just call Mrs McG and let her know that we’re having lapin à la moutarde for tea tonight”. That having been done, Burbage’s Buck chased a wide one and got a solid nick, which was taken with consummate nonchalance by Willsy behind the sticks. Even better, a couple of overs later, was a stunning one-handed catch by Ed/George Brown/Smith at square leg, gifting another wicket to Dicko.
At this point, Dicko’s whistling of Art Garfunkel’s “Bright Eyes” was beginning to irritate. Sammi hurried things along with a run out and then the last two Burbage batters could take it no longer and surrendered to identical, consecutive deliveries, which concluded Dicko’s 11th over and left him with figures of 5-26 (I suspect that most of you already knew this, right?). Burbage all out 99, and a famous win, that reflected an excellent performance with the ball and in the field. As our Mr. McGregor gets another trophy for his 5-for, MoM goes to Andy Watts, whose runs scored accounted for the difference between the teams, and whose fielding was an example to all. Special mention also Sammi for an amazing spell of bowling, and to Willsy and Ed B for their terrific catches. Sparkling wine moments have to be the caught & bowled opportunities declined by the Treasurer. Still, in the words of Roger Rabbit: “Without a sense of humour-you’re better off dead”!
Next week, back to the Withy as the second half of the season starts with Buscott Park 2nds.
Captain Professor Richard Guy
|Type :||League: Wilts League Division 7 - 2013||Date :||Saturday 29th June 2013|
|Toss:||Marshfield CC - 3rd XI won the toss and elected to bat||Start Time:||14:00|
Highlights :R.Buck, Burbage 57 Mark Dixon, Marshfield, 5-26 Andy Watts highest batting score for MCC& Ed Brown took a stunning catch
|Marshfield CC - 3rd XI||Burbage & Easton Royal CC, Wilts - 3rd XI|
|Score||121 for 10 (32.5 overs) 'b' 't'||99 for 10 (35 overs)|
|1||Richard Guy*||b Billy Flippance||23||3||0||0|
|2||Robert Redman||b Thomas Stone||3||0||0||0|
|3||Sammy Jayasuriya||b Billy Flippance||9||2||0||0|
|4||Mark Dixon||ct Don Lohrentz||b Billy Flippance||10||0||0||0|
|5||Martin Ould||ct Unsure||b Luke Flippance||8||1||0||0|
|6||Terry Bishop||ct Unsure||b Luke Flippance||3||0||0||0|
|7||Ed Brown||b Luke Flippance||0||0||0||0|
|8||Andy Wills†||b Nick Cranston||2||0||0||0|
|9||Andy Watts||ct Unsure||b Luke Flippance||23||3||1||0|
|10||James Ford||not out||7||0||0||0|
|11||Andrew Pierce||lbw||b Charlie Green||6||1||0||0|
|Extras b (3), lb (3), w (19), nb (2)||27|
* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets24-1 Robert Redman (Richard Guy-15*); 36-2 Sammy Jayasuriya (Richard Guy-15*); 60-3 Mark Dixon (Richard Guy-21*); 63-4 Richard Guy (Martin Ould-1*); 74-5 Terry Bishop (Martin Ould-6*); 74-6 Ed Brown (Martin Ould-6*); 78-7 Andy Wills (Martin Ould-7*); 93-8 Martin Ould (Andy Watts-13*); 109-9 Andy Watts (James Ford-3*); 121-10 Andrew Pierce (James Ford-7*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||6||0|
|1||Chris Armitstead*†||lbw||b Mark Dixon||0||0||0||0|
|2||Raghuveer Tupurani||run out (Andy Watts)||0||0||0||0|
|3||Russ Buck||ct Andy Wills||b Mark Dixon||57||0||0||0|
|4||Nick Cranston||b James Ford||5||0||0||0|
|5||Rhys Davies||b Andrew Pierce||0||0||0||0|
|6||Don Lohrentz||b Andrew Pierce||18||0||0||0|
|7||Jon Street||run out (Sammy Jayasuriya)||3||0||0||0|
|8||Billy Flippance||ct Ed Brown||b Mark Dixon||4||0||0||0|
|9||Thomas Stone||not out||0||0||0||0|
|10||Charlie Green||b Mark Dixon||0||0||0||0|
|11||Luke Flippance||b Mark Dixon||0||0||0||0|
|Extras b (4), lb (1), w (3), nb (4)||12|
* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||5||2|