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Yet again the sun was shining on a Saturday afternoon and the Withy looked like the place for a game of cricket. Dicko duly lost the toss and the opposition skipper kindly invited us to field for a couple of hours. We welcomed a new “up-the-hill” victim in the form of Andy Elliott, whose work commitments prevented him from taking his usual spot in the 2nds.

H&SV have spent most of the season in the top 2 of WCCL Div. 6, so reducing them to 40-3 after a dozen or so overs definitely merited the term “good start” on our part. Two wickets for the Captain, thanks to excellent catches by Ellsy and Ilo, and one clean bowled for Mr. E. Not out, regrettably was the H&SV captain (who likes to give the ball a bit of tap); last season, Dicko had snared him quite easily but the Skip soon realised that this was probably a once-off and quickly removed himself (and Ellsy) from the attack. The luckless James F and Rob Iles took over only to be plundered for 70+ runs off the next 10 overs - ouch.

Smartly deducing that this strategy was probably not a winner, the Skip summoned the contrasting forms of Mini-Chops and Piercy to stem the tide. A promise of success came when, shortly thereafter, Fordy held on to a well-struck blow on the mid-wicket boundary. Unfortunately, “on” the boundary in a literal, laws of cricket sense, means 6 runs to the batter. Undeterred, however, the elder partner soon broke what was becoming a more-than-irritating partnership with a smart c&b and young M-C was finally rewarded for an excellent spell with the prize scalp of the dangerous H&SV captain.

3rd Collinbourne 31-05-14 8Will had to be replaced by Al Chivers, who quickly had another obdurate batter caught behind by Willsy, and then Piercy grabbed two more wickets, one a sharp stumping, the other lbw via a decision that took longer than running a leg-bye (yes, the batsmen had crossed but “Dickie” Threadgill sent the non-striker back to the bowler’s end). With H&SV now reduced to 172-7, a target below 200 looked likely, but we tend to hit a wall around 35 overs fielding-wise. Consequently, although Chivers, Snr. and Pierce, More Snr. continued to bowl well, the opposition score had crept to 216 before we finally collected our 5th bowling point in the 45th over.

Nonetheless, this was a decent performance in the field. Best of the bowlers was clearly AP (in Terry Bishop’s immortal words, “he may leak sweat, but he doesn’t leak runs”), with 4-35, well supported by M-C (1-26), Dicko (2-20) [who couldn’t get back on at the end for the bunnyfest], Ellsy (1-26, interestingly off 7 overs, 3 of which were maidens…), and Al C (2-27).

Tea, courtesy of Ilo, was voraciously consumed and off we went in pursuit of a challenging target with a new opening partnership of Fordy and Ilo (your correspondent taking scoring duties with his throbbing groin). Six overs later, at 58-0, this looked like a good plan. James, however, had a wedding reception to attend and missed a straight one having scored 29 with 7 fours. Ilo, not realising that he wasn’t invited also got out, and rather quickly the innings took on the hallmark characteristics of a classic “3rd XI Batting Collapse” and we found ourselves at 78-6.

3rd Collinbourne 31-05-14 6Fortunately, Dicko decided that staying in with Ellsy might be a sensible idea, especially as the H&SV attack seemed intent on making a game of it. Andy E needed no further encouragement and proceeded to bludgeon the bowling to various corners of the Withy, reaching an excellent half-century and going on to record his best MCC score of 74 (12 fours and one 6). The 7th wicket partnership was an impressive 99 (sans Flake) but had taken its toll on Dicko, who had chosen to avoid hitting boundaries in his fine 37 and, instead, to run all but 8 of them… Groaning groin man came and went but Willsy then resurrected all hope by crashing three boundaries and we were nearly there. Agonisingly, Dicko finally succumbed and we were just 6 runs shy of the prize with 7 balls remaining when Willsy missed a straight one and game over.

Cruel fate to lose by such a small margin, but an excellent game, nonetheless. We obtained an impressive (5+6) bowling and batting points making it even more remarkable that we ended up on the losing side. MoM has to go the Ellsy for his super innings, but honourable mentions to Piercy and Mini-Chops on the bowling front and Dicko for his “best actor in a supporting role” with the bat. That makes two weeks in a row that we’ve lost when winning was entirely possible. Let’s hope that we can turn this around next week.

Richard Guy

 

  • Result: Heytesbury & Sutton Veny CC - 2nd XI - Won by 5 runs
  • Toss: Heytesbury & Sutton Veny CC - 2nd XI won the toss and elected to bat
  • Ground: Withymead
  • Highlights: MCC - Andy Elliot 74, Mark Dixon 37, Andy Pierce 10.2-1-35-4 H&SV - R. Robson 67, J Auxes 34 S. Rana 8-0-28-4
Heytesbury & Sutton Veny CC - 2nd XI
Batting
NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 A Frost+ ct Andy Elliott b   Mark Dixon 9 0 0 0
2 T Dalby ct Rob Iles b   Mark Dixon 12 0 0 0
3 B Christian b   Andy Elliott 10 0 0 0
4 Rob Robson* b   Will Christie 67 0 0 0
5 J Auxes ct Andrew Pierce b   Andrew Pierce 34 0 0 0
6 R Cooke ct Andy Wills b   Alan Chivers 20 0 0 0
7 S Rana st Andy Wills b   Andrew Pierce 0 0 0 0
8 ? Fenners lbw b   Andrew Pierce 2 0 0 0
9 T Reynolds ct Andy Elliott b   Alan Chivers 18 0 0 0
10 S Papworth ct Will Christie b   Andrew Pierce 17 0 0 0
11 O Smith Not Out     7 0 0 0
Byes (10), Leg Byes (3), Wides (4), No Balls (3)
Extras
20
Total
216
Wickets
10
Overs
44.2
Fall of Wickets
21-1 T Dalby (A Frost-9*); 38-2 B Christian (A Frost-0*); 40-3 A Frost (Rob Robson-0*); 130-4 J Auxes (Rob Robson-0*); 162-5 Rob Robson (R Cooke-0*); 171-6 S Rana (R Cooke-0*); 172-7 R Cooke (? Fenners-1*); 191-8 ? Fenners (T Reynolds-14*); 191-9 T Reynolds (S Papworth-0*); 216-10 S Papworth (O Smith-7*);
* = notout batsman

Bowling

NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 Mark Dixon 7 1 20 2 0 0
2 Andy Elliott 7 3 26 1 1 0
3 James Ford 5 0 25 0 0 0
4 Rob Iles 5 0 53 0 0 0
5 Andrew Pierce 10.2 1 35 4 0 0
6 Will Christie 5 1 23 1 0 0
7 Alan Chivers 5 0 27 2 0 0

Marshfield CC - 3rd XI

Batting
NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Rob Iles ct Unsure b   S Papworth 23 3 1 0
2 James Ford ct Unsure b   O Smith 29 7 0 0
3 Charlie Chivers ct Unsure b   S Papworth 0 0 0 0
4 Terry Bishop ct Rob Robson b   O Smith 2 0 0 0
5 Andy Elliott b   S Rana 74 12 1 0
6 Andrew Pierce b   O Smith 2 0 0 0
7 Will Christie ct Unsure b   S Papworth 2 0 0 0
8 Mark Dixon* ct Unsure b   S Rana 37 2 0 0
9 Richard Guy ct Unsure b   S Rana 5 0 0 0
10 Andy Wills+ b   S Rana 16 3 0 0
11 Alan Chivers Not Out     1 0 0 0
Byes (3), Leg Byes (3), Wides (9), No Balls (1)
Extras
16
Total
211
Wickets
10
Overs
44
Fall of Wickets
58-1 Rob Iles (James Ford-29*); 59-2 James Ford (Charlie Chivers-0*); 59-3 Charlie Chivers (Terry Bishop-0*); 61-4 Terry Bishop (Andy Elliott-0*); 63-5 Andrew Pierce (Andy Elliott-0*); 78-6 Will Christie (Andy Elliott-10*); 177-7 Andy Elliott (Mark Dixon-29*); 187-8 Richard Guy (Mark Dixon-34*); 210-9 Mark Dixon (Andy Wills-16*); 211-10 Andy Wills (Alan Chivers-1*);
* = notout batsman
Bowling
NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 S Papworth 12 2 54 3 0 0
2 R Cooke 5 0 40 0 0 0
3 O Smith 9 0 35 3 0 0
4 Rob Robson 10 0 40 0 0 0
5 S Rana 8 0 28 4 0 0

Match Officials

Umpires Mike Threadgill

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