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no ‘wayne’ in sight as 3rd xI makes it 4-in-a-row!*

{*This pun is still copyrighted to one T. Bishop.}

O n Saturday we were back to the Withy for our 4th consecutive home game, this time against Westbury.  Like Devizes seven days before, we had lost the first fixture against this opposition.  Hot and humid, with cloud cover; Withy dry and short of grass; no sign of ‘wayne’, and MCC 3rd’s full of bowling… Toss: lost; MCC inserted, and very quickly to 40+ for none before the skipper snicked one and walked (S. Broad, please note).

Next up, a Pierce at number 3 (shock horror, and much mumbling from the dressing room) and a period of consolidation, with Commodore Roper “batting for Trident”, so to speak.  However, after two glorious shots, an attempted third led to a significant increase in the naval stump-and-bail entropy, followed soon after by another quick demise (no name given to save face, Mr McGregor).  Enter “Squeaky” Salen, keen to continue where he left off last time out, and so it proved.  Despite the loss of Piercy for a steadfast 24, and the ecclesiastical one for rather less, Squeaky and Chivers, Jnr., set about some variable slow bowling from Devizes to get us beyond 150.

 James Ford then joined the Salen run machine with less than 10 overs remaining and proceeded to put the oppo to the proverbial sword.  Their unbroken partnership, by the last ball of our 45 overs, was worth 61 runs, Fordy with 27* and Squeaky, improving by 50% over last time, making 75*.  The edge of Salen’s bat has an incredible middle and recorded an impressive maximum over deep mid-wicket.  Fordy, for whom the words “backing up” may as well be translated into Swahili, is nonetheless able to cover 22 yards faster than anyone who has ever played for the MCC 3rd XI, and impressively lapped poor Squeaky on numerous occasions during their partnership.

And so to tea, with 217-6 posted as the target.  The victuals were courtesy of H.M. Royal Navy (and bar) and were presented, from an expandable man-bag, with Italian flair and flavour.  Bravissimo!

Back out, with Chivers, père et fils, opening the Marshfield attack against openers of orthogonal characteristics, one ready to smite anything that was smite-able, the other a true nurdler of the time-less Test variety.  Despite excellent spells from both ends, the Devizes response had reached 60 without loss before Fordy did the business and the more expansive batsman was run out.  At number 3, the opposition played their trump card, who had made a ton against us in our first meeting earlier this year.  However, with Dicko down the hill and Kartar coming up, scoring chances were severely curtailed and the run rate crept up.  Eventually, Kartar produced a big offie and the Devizes danger man was clean bowled.  From that point on, the match swung inexorably in our favour.  Dicko strangled them throughout his 12 overs, but strangely took no wickets.  Instead, the victims were shared between run outs, Kartar (2-47), James (2-9) and a Pierce (3-6), who, it should be said in passing, cavorted in the outfield like a newborn lamb all afternoon.

The fielding, like the week before (and the two weeks before that) was excellent and special mention should be made of a brilliant misfield by Al Chivers that allowed him to then go and fetch the ball and fire it back in to complete a run out.  It’s not just the skipper of this side that has a Brearley-esque tactical ability, you know.

MoM goes unequivocally to Squeaky this week (we’re looking forward to the jug), with special mentions to Piercy, and James Ford for solid all-round performances, and to the other bowlers, who squeezed the opposition into a corner from which they could not escape.  Devizes finished on 135 all out, meaning that we won by 82 runs.  Next week, we are away to Winsley – can we maintain the impregnable Withy form?  Stay tuned…

Richard Guy

Fixture Details

Type : League: Wilts League Division 7 - 2013 Date : Saturday 20th July 2013
Toss: Westbury & District CC, Wilts - 3rd XI won the toss and elected to field Start Time: 14:00
Ground: Withymead Rules Type: Standard

Highlights :

Mark Salen 75*

Match Reports

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Westbury & District CC, Wilts  

Result Summary

Result:    Marshfield CC - 3rd XI - Won by 82 runs
  Marshfield CC - 3rd XIWestbury & District CC, Wilts - 3rd XI
Score 217 for 6 (45 overs) 'b' 135 for 10 (41.3 overs) 't'
Game Points 0 0
Total Points 0 0

Marshfield CC - 3rd XI

Batting

 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Richard Guy* ct Richard Coleman b  Phil Mead 39 8 0 0
2 Martin Roper   b  Sam Nitz 16 2 0 0
3 Andrew Pierce ct Adam Osborne b  Simon Higgins 24 5 0 0
4 Mark Dixon ct Andrew Daybell b  Sam Nitz 4 1 0 0
5 Mark Salen not out   75 9 1 0
6 Terry Bishop ct Phil Mead b  Simon Higgins 0 0 0 0
7 Charlie Chivers ct Philip Osborne b  Simon Higgins 13 2 0 0
8 James Ford not out   27 2 0 0
9 Kartar Singh did not bat          
10 Alan Chivers did not bat          
11 Mike Threadgill did not bat          
Extras       b (3), lb (1), w (13), nb (2) 19  
Total 217  
Wickets 6  
Overs 45  

* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

43-1 Richard Guy (Martin Roper-2*); 64-2 Martin Roper (Andrew Pierce-3*); 68-3 Mark Dixon (Andrew Pierce-3*); 115-4 Andrew Pierce (Mark Salen-19*); 121-5 Terry Bishop (Mark Salen-25*); 156-6 Charlie Chivers (Mark Salen-44*); 
 

* = not out batsman

Bowling

  BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 Phil Mead 12 3 26 1 4 1
2 Thomas Duncan 3 0 25 0 1 0
3 Sam Nitz 11 1 58 2 7 0
4 Adam Osborne 10 0 60 0 2 1
5 Simon Higgins 9 0 44 3 0 0
  Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 4 0
  Total 45 4 217 6 14 2

Westbury & District CC, Wilts - 3rd XI

Batting

 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Phil Mead run out (James Ford)   42 3 0 0
2 Sam Nitz run out (Alan Chivers)   37 5 0 0
3 Richard Coleman   b  Kartar Singh 15 1 0 0
4 James Hudson ct Mark Salen b  Kartar Singh 15 2 0 0
5 Andrew Daybell ct Terry Bishop b  James Ford 2 0 0 0
6 Adam Osborne   b  James Ford 0 0 0 0
7 Thomas Duncan   b  Andrew Pierce 11 1 0 0
8 Philip Osborne*   b  Andrew Pierce 0 0 0 0
9 Josh South run out (Richard Guy)   3 0 0 0
10 Alex Warden ct Alan Chivers b  Andrew Pierce 1 0 0 0
11 Simon Higgins not out   0 0 0 0
Extras       b (2), w (4), nb (2) 8  
Total 135  
Wickets all out  
Overs 41.3  

* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

60-1 Sam Nitz (Phil Mead-16*); 81-2 Richard Coleman (Phil Mead-23*); 111-3 James Hudson (Phil Mead-36*); 119-4 Andrew Daybell (Phil Mead-42*); 119-5 Adam Osborne (Phil Mead-42*); 126-6 Phil Mead (Thomas Duncan-7*); 126-7 Philip Osborne (Thomas Duncan-8*); 134-8 Josh South (Thomas Duncan-11*); 134-9 Thomas Duncan (Alex Warden-0*); 135-10 Alex Warden (Simon Higgins-0*); 
 

* = not out batsman

Bowling

  BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 Alan Chivers 6 0 21 0 2 0
2 Charlie Chivers 6 1 26 0 0 2
3 Mark Dixon 12 4 23 0 0 0
4 Kartar Singh 12 0 47 2 2 0
5 James Ford 3 0 9 2 0 0
6 Andrew Pierce 2.3 0 6 3 0 0
  Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 2 3
  Total 41.3 5 134 10 4 2

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