Pride restored at Mildenhall after Captain dropped to 2nd’s
Well, it had to happen. Unlike the populist call for Farage’s reinstatement, the management at MCC is more ruthless. After the Warminster debacle, the 3rd XI skipper, having refused the glass of hemlock proffered by the Chairman, was summarily shown the door and dispatched back to the 2nd’s with no further ado. The axe did not stop swinging there either, and both Senior Prof. and Senior Bishop suffered the same fate. With the vice-skipper also awol, it was left once again to the Reserve Acting Deputy Sub-Vice Captain (RADsvc) to lead the troops on the occasion of the 3rd XI’s away match against Marlborough at the lovely Mildenhall ground.
In the Cricket Manager’s defence, it must be said that his sterling work to assemble 33 bodies for Saturday’s games, especially after (what is now known as) “Panic Thursday”, must not go unrecognised. As a result, a motley crew took the field once RADsvc had called correctly and inserted the oppo on what proved to be a decent wicket. Sandra, Charles and Ravi returned for more fun and games, to be joined by two new faces: the astonishingly mobile Amelia (“call me Milly, I haven’t used that name since I left Cheltenham Ladies College”) Jobling and the accurately named Big Chris Revell. Obviously, anyone so-called must be an opening bowler and so he did, with Dicko taking the other end with the new ball.
Quiet start, Dicko on the spot, Big C struggling with the basic physics imposed by the slope (in his case) from off to leg and providing Tim W behind the timbers with lots of diving practice. However, now and then, the radar was spot on and Big C’s pace was sufficient to nail one opener leg before and to squeeze through the defences of Marlborough’s no. 3 and just dislodge a bail. After 13 overs, the oppo were going at barely 2 an over and Piercy was called in as first change. With Dicko in need of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation (no, don’t go there) having failed to add to his season’s “haul” of wickets, RADsvc turned to his 4th strike bowler… Regrettably, the selection process had overlooked this person and the interim leader was forced to call upon a player whose last spell from 2012 produced the uninspiring analysis of 3-0-35-0.
Piercy quickly got rid of the oppo’s no.4 with a ball of indescribable rankness followed by launching himself forwards a distance of about 6 inches, in a cruel parody of Tom Daley, to take a dolly C&B. The next Marlborough batter was a different proposition and it quickly became clear as drinks approached that any loose deliveries – and it must be said that there were a couple – were going to disappear over the boundary in short order. Imagine everyone’s surprise then, when RADsvc produced a ball of incredibly late movement off the wicket to deceive the other Marlborough opener and for Tim W to whip off the bails for a smart stumping. The celebration was definitely over the top, and the removing his shirt and waving it over his head was definitely unwarranted (and frankly not an edifying sight), but moving to within 2 wickets of the 2014WCCLdiv6Bowler-of-the-year’s season tally to-date was quite an achievement.
Post drinks, Andy P collected another victim with another horrible delivery (ah, you can’t beat 3rd team cricket, can you?) and Dicko, sensing hapless and vulnerable soft furry creatures who like lettuce, demanded that he come back on to replace our 4th strike bowler. The plan sounded good, but the 6th wicket partnership had other ideas and the next 12 overs resulted in quite a few runs, a number of ‘maxima’, including one that nearly killed the scorer and, finally, thanks to some smart movement by Big C, a run out to remove the oppo no. 7. That was the good news. The less good was that Dicko and Piercy were bowled out, and Big C’s shoulder was shot, meaning that RADsvc and Ravi were left to deliver the final 8 overs. The former saw the Marlborough no. 5 safely to his ton by offering the perfect delivery for a massive mow over deep mid-wicket. Ravi adopted an interesting strategy, mixing wider-than-wides with other miscellanea and the occasional unplayable delivery. The upshot was perhaps less carnage than the senior pros expected with Ravi collecting 3-33, including the centurion (another stumping) and an lbw that was plumb even from square leg with one’s eyes shut. However, with 242-9 off the 45 overs, Marlborough had set a challenging target for the post-tea session.
Tea was restorative and generous, as was the early MCC batting with 2 wickets sacrificed before double figures were reached. Ignoring recent horrors, however, Piercy and RADsvc safely saw us past 24, an achievement recognised by ironic cheering from our teammates. Although progress could not be described as rapid, there was a certain serenity about the third wicket partnership until the club treasurer performed what can only be described as the perfect “waft” and was comprehensively bowled. Sandra was next up and looked the part. Unfortunately, a rather, shall we say, ambitious call for a run was refused by her partner (the swine) and back to the pavilion she had to go.
Dicko then joined his erstwhile leader for the day and, again, it seemed that respectability might be reasserted. Sadly, the burdens of skippering proved too much for your correspondent who succumbed (once again) to a full toss mishit to a grateful fielder. Soon after, Dicko also managed to get out to a delivery that never looked like landing on anything green. Rather than wait for it to reach a reasonable height, however, our northern hero attempted an ungainly “swat” resulting in the ball colliding with the toe of his bat and then looping gently into the keeper’s gloves. Confusion then broke out as to whether a no ball should be called: Piercy (umpire 1) initially thought yes, Willsy (umpire 2) wasn’t too sure, Piercy then was less convinced of his original idea, and finally Dicko did the decent thing and marched off in disgust. To be fair, the delivery was definitely no-ball-able; on the other hand, the shot played was so appalling that the batsman’s dismissal was unquestionably appropriate on ‘doing-the-right-thing’ grounds.
Meanwhile, Big Chris was having a fine old time, batting with atypical freedom and belting the ball to all corners. In no time, 3 batting points had been bagged and the mood ‘on the bench’ had lightened considerably. Sandra, though, was having deeper, philosophical thoughts (recognising that, despite Big C’s efforts, we weren’t going to threaten Marlborough’s total): “What’s more important, getting another batting point, or losing time in the pub?” she asked rhetorically. Both Charles and Tim W kept Big C company for a while, but one suspects that all 3 were beginning to see Sandra’s point. Milly and Ravi were our last two batters and both played admirably straight. Greeny, who is Milly’s partner (at least for now), observed after another expertly executed forward defensive that “Milly’s problem is that she only has one stroke”… Those of you, who have seen Mr Green at-bat, will appreciate the richness of this remark and the fact that Millie had indeed mastered the one was felt, by the assembled cognoscenti, to be far better than not having remotely mastered any at all.
But I digress, Milly sadly picked up these negative vibes and was bowled bringing our innings to a close, exactly 100 short of the opposition’s score. Not a great result, but no disgrace either, and some positives to be taken from the game, as a Premier League manager might say. In the end, the difference between the teams was that they had a bloke who made a 100 and was clearly at the wrong ground for his weekend game of cricket (Marlborough selection committee, take note). Man of the Match goes to Big Chris for a fine all-round performance, 2-26 with the ball, a quick-fire 45 with the bat, and a run out. Brown ale moment to Dicko for the comedy dismissal. Home to Box next week, our favourite local derby.
|Type :||League: Wiltshire League Division 6 - 2015||Date :||Saturday 16th May 2015|
|Toss :||Marshfield CC - 3rd XI won the toss and elected to field||Start Time :||13:00|
|Ground :||Mildenhall CC||Rules Type :||Standard|
Highlights :Marlborough: R Atkinson 124 A Rawlings 43 & 12-2-17-3 Marshfield: : C Revell 45
|Marlborough CC - 3rd XI||Marshfield CC - 3rd XI|
|Score||242 for 9 (45 overs) 'b'||142 for 10 (39.2 overs) 't'|
|1||Andrew Crabbe*†||st Tim Woodman||b Richard Guy||32||0||0||0|
|2||Ben Johnson||lbw||b Chris Revell||2||0||0||0|
|3||Nick Crabbe||b Chris Revell||2||0||0||0|
|4||Vannie Williams||ct & b Andrew Pierce||11||0||0||0|
|5||Rob Atkinson||st Tim Woodman||b Ravi Jain||124||0||0||0|
|6||G McDonald||ct Matthew Green||b Andrew Pierce||6||0||0||0|
|7||Andy Rawlings||run out (Chris Revell)||43||0||0||0|
|8||? Kishore||lbw||b Ravi Jain||5||0||0||0|
|9||F Kent||not out||3||0||0||0|
|10||Harry Glenn||b Ravi Jain||0||0||0||0|
|11||B Whatley||not out||0||0||0||0|
|Byes (1), Leg Byes (2), Wides (11), No Balls (1)||Extras||15|
* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||3||1|
|1||Richard Guy*||ct Nick Crabbe||b G McDonald||26||2||0||0|
|2||Andy Wills||b Andy Rawlings||0||0||0||0|
|3||Matthew Green||lbw||b Andy Rawlings||2||0||0||0|
|4||Andrew Pierce||b Andy Rawlings||17||2||0||0|
|5||Sandra Rouse||run out (G McDonald)||0||0||0||0|
|6||Mark Dixon||ct Unsure||b B Whatley||18||1||0||0|
|7||Chris Revell||ct & b Harry Glenn||45||6||0||0|
|8||Charles Harris||ct Andy Rawlings||b Harry Glenn||2||0||0||0|
|9||Tim Woodman†||ct G McDonald||b B Whatley||4||0||0||0|
|10||Amelia Jobling||b Harry Glenn||0||0||0||0|
|11||Ravi Jain||not out||0||0||0||0|
|Byes (7), Leg Byes (2), Wides (19)||Extras||28|
* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||9||1|