A nice little earner…

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MCC 3rd’s travelled to Collingbourne last weekend, a delightful village with a large, pleasant ground and what turned out to be a fair wicket too. Although a bit of a schlep to get there, 11 warm bodies were correct and present as the Deputy Acting Senior Vice-Captain (DASvc) lost the team’s first toss of the season and informed the troops that we had been invited to bat first. Team news was in flux up until a few hours before the game. Cricket Manager, Dicko and Roper into 2nd’s joining Threaders, who retained his place – the argument for the other promotions can be gleaned from last week’s report… Big Chris Revell returned after his “golfing holiday” (puh-lease), as did Derek Watkins (hero at Urchfont) and our other Reading-based occasional, Sim Townend.

First up, then, were the DASvc and Willsy, who was quickly middling the ball with confidence, racing to 20 before unfortunately missing a straight one (30-1). Big C was in at no. 3 and looked his dangerous self whenever his long arms could be extended. Chris’ timing wasn’t quite as good as it was against Marlborough, resulting in the running of too many 3’s – a problem that his partner would have communicated had he been able to speak while gasping for air. Nonetheless, the score had moved comfortably along to 79 before Big C also missed a surprise straight ball from the C’bourne first change. Sim and the skipper-for-a-day then moved the score carefully on to 93, being particularly watchful of a naggingly good spell from the opposition captain. Just as drinks beckoned, his MCC counterpart missed one and was adjudged leg-before. Sim departed at the same score immediately after refreshment and Derek joined an determined Greeny.

ravi jainAfter promising to put the C’bourne bowlers to the sword, Derek was well-caught and thereafter wickets fell regularly, but not calamitously. Greeny was unlucky to get out to a ball that kept low, Sandra and Charles batted with ever-increasing confidence, and Piercy played a couple of classy shots and one that wasn’t. Ravi and Tim Woodman looked as though they would get us comfortably to 150, and a fourth batting point, before the latter played back to a half-volley and was comprehensively castled (a fourth wicket for a young offie who bowled very well). Only three batting points, then, and a total of 148 from 42.1 overs.

A plentiful tea was served in a vast village hall and we then set about defending our score with Big C and Derek W opening the attack. The former generates a bit more pace and bounce than most bowlers one meets in the WCCL Div. 6, but his radar is subject to some wobbliness. Tim W did sterling work to prevent C’bourne winning the match in byes, as did Willsy at slip in keeping the off-side wides to just one rather than 5! Nonetheless, when Chris did hit the spot, the result was impressive: the left hand opener losing his off bail (which was destroyed) to a corker. At t’other end, Derek’s first 4 overs were maidens, and his fifth would’ve been a wicket maiden if he hadn’t bowled a wide as well. He then collected a second wicket almost immediately and C’bourne were 3 down for not many.

As the opening bowlers tired, and the oppo no. 3 started to bat with more confidence, Piercy and the DASvc took over. Clearly, C’bourne had been reading our match reports carefully, because the batsmen soon made it clear that it was time to make hay. Piercy had other ideas, however, and – having served up a free hit – he then coaxed the younger partner into a mini-charge and a smart stumping by Tim W was the result. The next chap in looked like trouble. AP called over Big C and said, rather indiscreetly, given that we were in the middle of the game, “I want you down there for your hands”. Completely misunderstanding, Chris took himself off to wide long-on where, off the next ball and after two immense bounds to his right, he caught what would have been the flattest and fiercest six in a jaw-dropping and Roper-like piece of athleticism. Absolutely, gob-smackingly brilliant.

chris revellWith half the opposition out, hope was beginning to kindle, but the C’bourne no. 3 had found a new partner who had mastered the skill of hitting the ball in the air to places where no fielders dared to tread. He first skewed one over Willsy at cover, prompting the (part-time[1]) bowling DASvc to move said fieldsman back 15 yards. The next effort was less well struck and fell well short of Willsy on this occasion. The acting skip was then asked, politely, “Well, captain, where would you like me to stand now?” Recalling Goldilocks, the well-read tactician responded, “not as far as before, but definitely not as close as you were before that, ok?” Much rolling of eyes ensued for some reason, followed by them popping out as the next mishit found its way directly to Willsy’s midriff where the catch was held. Genius.

Startled by this rapier-like insight, the oppo’s top scorer then feathered a straight delivery from the part-timer and sportingly walked as Tim claimed the catch. Now we had 7 out and, a couple of overs later, it was 9 as two of Dicko’s ‘pets’ departed in 2 consecutive (you might say, “part-timerish”) deliveries. Finding himself on a hat-trick for a 5-fer, the DASvc did the decent thing and bowled a wide full-toss that was put away for a few. The last C’bourne pair proved quite obdurate and found some novel ways to not get out. The most original was provided by Greeny, however, who threw himself in front of the square-leg umpire, and completely blocked his view, just as Tim stumped the out-of-his-crease no. 11. No matter that this egregious error had denied his leader the match ball, we still had Ravi up our sleeve and the man did the job. After his first over which rivalled Big C for its waywardness, Ravi found his line and snagged the 10th wicket via another catch behind.

A nice little win by 37 runs in a game that was played in an excellent spirit (the day spoiled only by having to watch Arsenal winning the Cup Final on the TV in the charming village pub). A fine team performance, with contributions from everyone, especially in the field, where we were exceptionally smart and lively; many thanks, of course, to our occasionals for making the trip to deepest Wiltshire once again. Big C wins the champagne magnum for his catch; the award of MoM cannot, according to the rules, be awarded to a part-timer. Next week, away to Lacock – can we find the magic touch again?

 {AF}[1] The adjective used by a former 3rd XI skipper at selection last week when describing the DASvc’s bowling to the Cricket Manager.{/AF}

Richard Guy

Fixture Details

Type : League: Wiltshire League Division 6 - 2015 Date : Saturday 30th May 2015
Toss : Collingbourne CC - 2nd XI won the toss and elected to field Start Time : 13:00
Ground : The Recreation Ground Rules Type : Standard

Highlights :

Collingbourne: A. Brett 10.1-4-21-4 Marshfield: R. Guy 9-1-23-4

Result Summary

Result :    Marshfield CC - 3rd XI - Won by 37 runs
  Collingbourne CC - 2nd XIMarshfield CC - 3rd XI
Score 111 for 10 (35 overs) 't' 148 for 10 (42.1 overs) 'b'
Game Points 0 0
Total Points 0 0

Marshfield CC - 3rd XI


 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Richard Guy* lbw b  M Brett 32 5 0 0
2 Andy Wills   b  B Silverwood 20 3 0 0
3 Chris Revell   b  J Phillips 21 1 0 0
4 Simeon Townend lbw b  A Brett 4 1 0 0
5 Matthew Green   b  A Brett 8 0 0 0
6 Derek Watkins ct D Malley b  A Brett 15 3 0 0
7 Charles Harris run out (Unsure)   2 0 0 0
8 Andrew Pierce ct B Hood b  S Evans 8 2 0 0
9 Sandra Rouse lbw b  S Evans 2 0 0 0
10 Tim Woodman   b  A Brett 6 0 0 0
11 Ravi Jain not out   9 2 0 0
  Byes (5), Leg Byes (3), Wides (11), No Balls (2) Extras21  
    Total 148  
    Wickets all out  

* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

31-1 Andy Wills (Richard Guy-10*); 79-2 Chris Revell (Richard Guy-26*); 93-3 Richard Guy (Simeon Townend-4*); 93-4 Simeon Townend (Matthew Green-0*); 113-5 Derek Watkins (Matthew Green-2*); 122-6 Charles Harris (Matthew Green-8*); 122-7 Matthew Green (Andrew Pierce-0*); 130-8 Andrew Pierce (Sandra Rouse-0*); 138-9 Sandra Rouse (Tim Woodman-5*); 148-10 Tim Woodman (Ravi Jain-9*); 

* = not out batsman


  BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 B Silverwood 6 0 39 1 0 0
2 S Evans 9 1 33 2 0 0
3 M Brett 12 4 23 1 0 0
4 J Phillips 5 0 24 1 0 0
5 A Brett 10.1 4 21 4 0 0
  Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 8 1
  Total 42.1 9 148 10 0 0

Collingbourne CC - 2nd XI


 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 K rogers lbw b  Derek Watkins 7 0 0 0
2 J sperry   b  Chris Revell 0 0 0 0
3 D Malley ct Andy Wills b  Richard Guy 29 4 0 0
4 Unsure   b  Derek Watkins 0 0 0 0
5 A Brett st Tim Woodman b  Andrew Pierce 5 1 0 0
6 J Phillips ct Chris Revell b  Andrew Pierce 1 0 0 0
7 S Evans ct Tim Woodman b  Richard Guy 16 2 0 0
8 P Coombes   b  Richard Guy 4 0 0 0
9 M Brett* not out   13 0 0 0
10 B Hood   b  Richard Guy 0 0 0 0
11 B Silverwood ct Tim Woodman b  Ravi Jain 11 0 0 0
  Byes (4), Wides (18), No Balls (3) Extras25  
    Total 111  
    Wickets all out  

* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets


* = not out batsman


  BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 Chris Revell 7 0 25 1 0 0
2 Derek Watkins 8 4 18 2 0 0
3 Andrew Pierce 8 1 27 2 0 0
4 Richard Guy 9 1 23 4 0 0
5 Ravi Jain 3 0 12 1 0 0
  Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 4 0
  Total 35 6 109 10 0 0

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