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“In Some Corner Of A Foreign Field….”

T he two forces assembled on Box field at the appointed hour, Marshfield seeking an unlikely second victory over 2nd placed Box, them seeking to avenge their defeat earlier in the campaign. The stormclouds were gathering….The acting Marshfield leader won the opening skirmish (the toss) and, on the advice of his stoutest NCO, asked Box to bat. The wisdom of this decision was immediately in doubt as the acting captain asked James Ford to bowl the first over and started to set the field – we were outnumbered! Dr. Watts had yet to arrive.

Nevertheless, our band of brothers set about the bowling attack. More accurately, Box batsmen set about some of our bowling attack. James bowled at a brisk military medium pace, with reasonable accuracy. At the other end, Sgt. Dicko provided a rather less brisk pace for 12 overs, collecting only one wicket on the way. The acting captain replaced Fordy, only to find out how the conditions were deteriorating in the light drizzle and quite how slippery the ball had become. Did the umpire raise both hands high above his head to celebrate the pace and incisiveness of Threaders’ bowling or was he signalling a six (twice)? After a few overs, the leader changed ends to allow our spin-king to bowl his off-breaks from the “safer” end – safer but not safe enough! With S. Hall scoring 94 and the Box total rushing past 200, what was the plucky band to do? Bowl for the declaration! With young Bishop bowling four good balls per over (and two others, slightly overpitched) and the captain on his third spell of the afternoon, the Box captain was forced to run up the white flag on 217 for 9 dec. off 41 overs, when Willsy achieved a sharp(ish) stumping.

fordyinawaterbuttA very timely declaration; the drizzle had turned to rain, the wind was blowing and the warmth of the NAAFI and the tea became irresistible temptations. After a prolonged break, the rain abated and hostilities resumed. Unfortunately, the rain had softened the pitch somewhat and slowed the outfield. Not that the outfield was involved much in the Marshfield innings! On the 3rd ball of the innings, on a difficult track, against the division’s best bowler, in poor light, Redrum went on the attack! Pity that it was a straight one….and Redrum’s bat wasn’t in the straight line. Simon B managed a brief cameo of 5 runs, but at the other end, Sam B showed the benefits of superb technique and the late leave towards the grenades being lobbed by K. Dolman. Commander Roper (RN rtd.) lasted a short time before finding that balls that pitch at half-track don’t all rise above six inches (Law 24.6 applies). Dicko managed a very creditable 25. A heavy downpour at 17 overs gave Marshfield faint hope of a truce but play resumed on a pitch resembling the Somme some 97 years ago. Dicko’s quiz team is called “3rd Team Batting Collapse” with good reason and the last few wickets fell for only a handful of runs as Marshfield subsided to 63 all out (including one batsman “absent”).

The second defeat in a row for the gallant MCC boys but….there’s always next week / next season.

Mentioned in dispatches:

  • James Ford 12-2-38-4
  • Andy Wills stumping
  • Dicko 25 runs
  • Sam B 15 runs with excellent occupation of the trench / crease and a superb catch
  • Kevin Dolman and Dicko only getting one wicket each!

Prof Mike Threadgill

Fixture Details

Type : League: Wilts League Division 7 - 2013 Date : Saturday 17th August 2013
Toss: Marshfield CC - 3rd XI won the toss and elected to field Start Time: 13:30
Ground: The Recreation Ground Rules Type: Standard

Highlights :

Stephen Hall 94 Chris Jenkins 31 Kevin Dolman 12-7-7-1 Gavin Richardson 12-2-26-2 Dan Pettit 5.4-1-13-3

Match Reports

Match Report byView
Box CC  

Result Summary

Result:    Box CC - 2nd XI - Won by 154 runs
  Box CC - 2nd XIMarshfield CC - 3rd XI
Score 217 for 9 dec (41 overs) 'b' 63 for 10 (35.4 overs) 't'
Game Points 0 0
Total Points 0 0

Box CC - 2nd XI

Batting

 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 David Mullins   b  James Ford 4 0 0 0
2 Daniel Pettit ct Andy Wills b  James Ford 18 0 0 0
3 Stephen Hall   ct & b James Ford 94 0 0 0
4 Sam Plowright lbw b  Mark Dixon 8 0 0 0
5 Chris Jenkins   b  James Ford 31 0 0 0
6 Marcus Bray ct Sam Burnstone b  Simon Bishop 2 0 0 0
7 Kevin Dolman ct Andy Wills b  Simon Bishop 9 0 0 0
8 Matt Jones   b  Mike Threadgill 4 0 0 0
9 Gavin Richardson* not out   14 0 0 0
10 Jon Bazley st Andy Wills b  Mike Threadgill 5 0 0 0
11 Ben Richardson did not bat          
Extras       b (12), lb (2), w (3), nb (4) 21  
Total 217  
Wickets 9 dec  
Overs 41  

* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

 

* = not out batsman

Bowling

  BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 James Ford 12 2 38 4 1 1
2 Mark Dixon 12 2 44 1 0 0
3 Mike Threadgill 8 0 41 2 2 0
4 Kartar Singh 3 0 32 0 0 1
5 Simon Bishop 6 0 45 2 0 2
  Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 14 0
  Total 41 4 214 9 3 4

Marshfield CC - 3rd XI

Batting

 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Robert Redman   b  Kevin Dolman 0 0 0 0
2 Simon Bishop ct Sam Plowright b  Gavin Richardson 5 0 0 0
3 Sam Burnstone ct Marcus Bray b  Stephen Hall 15 2 0 0
4 Martin Roper   b  Gavin Richardson 0 0 0 0
5 Mark Dixon ct Jon Bazley b  Ben Richardson 25 2 0 0
6 Martin Ould ct Kevin Dolman b  Daniel Pettit 1 0 0 0
7 Andy Watts   b  Daniel Pettit 1 0 0 0
8 James Ford ct David Mullins b  Daniel Pettit 7 0 0 0
9 Kartar Singh st Marcus Bray b  Ben Richardson 2 0 0 0
10 Mike Threadgill* not out   0 0 0 0
11 Andy Wills absent          
Extras       b (4), lb (2), w (3) 9  
Total 63  
Wickets all out  
Overs 35.4  

* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

 

* = not out batsman

Bowling

  BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 Kevin Dolman 12 7 7 1 0 0
2 Gavin Richardson 12 2 26 2 2 0
3 Stephen Hall 2 1 4 1 0 0
4 Daniel Pettit 5.4 1 14 3 0 0
5 Ben Richardson 4 1 8 2 1 0
  Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 6 0
  Total 35.4 12 65 9 3 0

 

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