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piercey guides 3rdXI to victory in close low scoring game

3rd Collinbourne 31-05-14 38

After 2 weeks of inactivity, it was back to the Withy (again, nicely shorn, although quite damp) for the visit of Collingbourne. Buoyed by our convincing victory over Winsley, the Skipper was tempted to bat first… however, he lost the toss and into the field we went. James Ford, making his first appearance of the season, was invited to bowl up the hill, and together with you-know-who from the top, kept the opposition pair tied down with some good old line-and-length. Although the scoring rate was comfortably held below 3 an over, it was not until the 12th that James made the breakthrough, snaffling the first wicket with one that kept a ‘tad’ low.

Sensing that Fordy was slipping into a wicket-taking rhythm, our glorious leader decided to give him a rest and the fresh legs of Graham Tanner and young Ilo took over the attack. Remarkably, the latter decided that bowling at the stumps can sometimes be beneficial and batsmen 1 and 4 cooperated generously by missing a couple of straight ones. We appeared to be in business and, while further wickets did not go down, the run rate was definitely not threatening. Graham proved to be particularly frugal during this attritional phase of the game.

3rd Collinbourne 31-05-14 4 Nevertheless, with one or two decent blows and the odd 1 and 2 here and there, the opposition score crept up and had reached 85 before G&T grabbed a hugely deserved two wickets in 2 balls. Shortly thereafter came a magic moment when a confident lbw shout so discombobulated the batsman that he wandered out of his crease allowing Rear Admiral Roper (in his first game of the season having wintered in Southern Italy – doesn’t everyone?) to tear in from cover, swoop on the ball, pick up and throw down the stumps in one movement of such fluidity that one’s eyes could barely believe the joyous outcome.

So 83-2 had become 88-6 and with G&T’s spell (12-5-24-2, well bowled, Sir) over, you can guess who came back with the distinct aroma of coniglio (see Rear Admiral for translation) in the air. At the bottom end, Ilo had been replaced briefly by Piercy, who was clearly saving himself for tea, and then Fordy was recalled to sort out the tail. Nice plan, but instead of wrapping up the innings for about 100, there was some spirited wagging that saw Collingbourne to 132 all out and took the edge off what was otherwise another good afternoon in the field. To be honest, the oppo might reasonably have expected to score even more and were probably more surprised than me that your reporter caught 2 of the last 4 wickets to fall, one of which lodged in his breastbone so firmly that surgical excision was required. A pair of scalps each for Dicko and Ilo and 3 for Fordy completed the bowling stats.

At the bottom end, Ilo had been replaced briefly by Piercy, who was clearly saving himself for tea, and then Fordy was recalled to sort out the tail.

Another outstanding tea was served, this time featuring a marvellous array of sandwiches (including the signature coronation chicken – packed full of flavour) from Mr & Mrs Bishop and a selection of cakes from Prof. T to put Mary Berry out of work… if only he was more telegenic. But I digress, on to our innings.

First off, cunning thinking from the Skipper, who figured that the 100+ opening stand in our 9 wicket win over Winsley couldn’t possibly happen again, and that the batting order should be rearranged. So it was that the most recent ex-Captain and Rear Admiral strode out and raced to 13 off 9 overs before the latter was bowled for a duck!  Next up, a new Australian, encouragingly named Mitch, sadly met the same fate, but raced to his duck in only 2 balls, putting Roper Snr. to shame.   Then, in came Tea Bishop (geddit?) to continue the batting onslaught, as well as provide the Collingbourne keeper with much needed catching practice, none of which he accepted.

Another 9 overs of relentlessly accurate and obdurate bowling went by during which the run rate crept dangerously close to 2 an over, before your correspondent succumbed meekly (strike rate of approx. 30 – yawn). Ilo came and went relatively quickly before Dicko joined Terry and some sort of solidity began to emerge. Unfortunately, the Skipper decided that this positive drift was against the spirit of cricket and proceeded to conjure up a run out in which Bishop Snr. was sent packing for a hard-earned 20 by a direct hit. [Note to all MCC players: that’s 3 run out scalps to Dicko this season in only two league innings.] Willsy then perished to an excellent catch bringing James Ford to the crease. Young Fordy is quite quick on his feet, in contrast to our Supreme Leader, and it did not take many singles (of the far from ‘sharp’ variety) before we were treated to the sight of Dicko rolling about the popping crease clutching his hams(trings).

Cue much snapping of photos (“beachies”, perhaps, or “whalies”) and considerable banter from the MCC bench, culminating in Ilo being sent back out to the action as a runner for the stricken Skipper. James batted sensibly and the score had somehow advanced to 92 before he became our 7th man out off the last ball of the opposition captain’s excellent spell of 12-4-34-4. So, 41 needed, with Piercy coming in at number 9 (“disgraceful”, I hear you cry). Clearly, the combination of club treasurer with 3rd XI captain, and Ilo running up and down like a demented dervish, was doomed to end quickly and Dicko (26) soon put himself to the sword with a “shot” that dispensed with the movement of either feet or any other part of his anatomy (mouth excepted, of course).

3rd Collinbourne 31-05-14 30Eight down and G&T joined AP. Wise heads on experienced shoulders, I hear you say, and how true. No more ones and twos from these chaps, just the free and lusty swing of the willow. Graham tanned a couple of excellent boundaries before Piercy turned back the proverbial clock with a series of (sorry, I can’t help myself) elegant off-side cuts and drives that evoked a bygone time. In what seemed no time at all, the target had been reached with 9 balls to spare (Pierce 28*, Tanner 9*), and a win by 2 wickets.

Thus the 3rd’s end the week tied for 2nd place in the WCCL Division 6. Man of the match can only go to AP for seeing us over the line, but a special mention to G&T for all-round duty beyond the call. It was indeed a day in which ball won out convincingly over bat. Total runs scored were 268 for 18 wickets off 84.5 overs! To give you an idea of the imbalance, the opposition’s opening bowler recorded the enviable analysis of 12-7-15-2, which takes stinginess to a level that Scrooge could only dream of.

No matter, we are off to a good start, achieving a loss-less May for the first time in recorded memory. June kicks off with an away game at Swindon NALGO, for which loins will need to be girded, a major challenge for the Captain given the way that he was moving at nets this week…

Richard Guy

3rd Collinbourne 31-05-14 39

Coniglio is an Italian surname derived from the Latin cuniculus, meaning rabbit.

  • Result: Marshfield CC - 3rd XI - Won by 2 wickets 
  • Toss: Collingbourne CC - 2nd XI won the toss and elected to bat 

Collingbourne CC - 2nd XI

Batting
NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 D Gale b   Rob Iles 15 0 0 0
2 T Edmonds b   James Ford 16 0 0 0
3 Will Atkinson ct Andy Wills b   Graham Tanner 21 0 0 0
4 P Reynolds b   Rob Iles 0 0 0 0
5 J Aitken ct Richard Guy b   Mark Dixon 29 0 0 0
6 H Wilde b   Graham Tanner 0 0 0 0
7 M Haslett ro Martin Roper     1 0 0 0
8 P Coombes+ b   Mark Dixon 7 0 0 0
9 M Brett* lbw b   James Ford 9 0 0 0
10 R Proud ct Richard Guy b   James Ford 15 0 0 0
11 J Phillips Not Out     6 0 0 0
Byes (6), Leg Byes (1), Wides (6)
Extras
13
Total
132
Wickets
10
Overs
41.2
Fall of Wickets
33-1 T Edmonds (D Gale-15*); 38-2 D Gale (Will Atkinson-1*); 38-3 P Reynolds (Will Atkinson-1*); 85-4 Will Atkinson (J Aitken-23*); 85-5 H Wilde (J Aitken-23*); 88-6 M Haslett (J Aitken-23*); 102-7 J Aitken (P Coombes-7*); 102-8 P Coombes (M Brett-0*); 117-9 R Proud (M Brett-0*); 132-10 M Brett (J Phillips-6*);
* = notout batsman
Bowling
NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 Mark Dixon 9 2 26 2 0 0
2 James Ford 10.2 1 39 3 3 0
3 Graham Tanner 12 5 24 2 0 0
4 Rob Iles 7 1 20 2 2 0
5 Andrew Pierce 3 0 16 0 1 0

Marshfield CC - 3rd XI

Batting
NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Richard Guy ct J Phillips b   M Brett 19 1 0 0
2 Martin Roper b   J Aitken 0 0 0 0
3 Mitchell Watts b   J Aitken 0 0 0 0
4 Terry Bishop ro D Gale     20 1 0 0
5 Rob Iles ct J Phillips b   M Brett 4 0 0 0
6 Mark Dixon* b   J Phillips 26 1 0 0
7 Andy Wills+ ct H Wilde b   M Brett 0 0 0 0
8 James Ford b   M Brett 9 2 0 0
9 Andrew Pierce Not Out     28 5 0 0
10 Graham Tanner Not Out     9 2 0 0
11 Mike Threadgill Did Not Bat     - - - -
Byes (5), Leg Byes (1), Wides (12), No Balls (3)
Extras
21
Total
136
Wickets
8
Overs
43.3
Fall of Wickets
13-1 Martin Roper (Richard Guy-7*); 13-2 Mitchell Watts (Richard Guy-7*); 35-3 Richard Guy (Terry Bishop-5*); 51-4 Rob Iles (Terry Bishop-16*); 63-5 Terry Bishop (Mark Dixon-5*); 68-6 Andy Wills (Mark Dixon-9*); 92-7 James Ford (Mark Dixon-23*); 105-8 Mark Dixon (Andrew Pierce-6*);
* = notout batsman

Bowling

NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls

1

J Aitken

12

7

15

2

3

0

2

R Proud

9.3

2

38

0

2

1

3

M Brett

12

3

34

4

3

2

4

H Wilde

6

0

22

0

2

0

5

M Haslett

2

0

12

0

0

0

6

J Phillips

2

0

8

1

2

0

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