InCreedible!!!

2ndXI v Winsley 30 08 14 65

In my last report, I made the mistake of poking the weather gods, who responded as one might expect. So, first off, an apology to the 1st team, whose game was rained off (but jolly well done, chaps, in the VK on the Sunday). A separate report on the 3rd’s game against Potterne 4th’s will be provided by our young cub reporter, Andy Pee.

The short straw for your correspondent was the long journey with the 2nd’s to Great Bedwyn, an attractive ground in a pretty hamlet, which had managed to mostly dry out by the time we had been inserted on an initially quite lively surface. Unlike last week, when we rattled on rapidly, this time was much less fun, with nos. 1, 2 and 3 all perishing in single (or no) figures, to some accurate opening bowling from GB. By now, Matt Watson had arrived and he joined Chopper in a healthy 4th wicket stand that restored respectability and threatened more. Unfortunately, the man with “TON” perhaps optimistically emblazoned on his new bat decided to have a heave-ho at a straight one and perished for a stylish 30 (note to Chopper, 30 is not the new 100). The Skipper was in next and looking sound before receiving the digit of doom from the oppo’s umpire. All I can say is that, from square leg, the delivery was ok for height.

2ndXI v Winsley 30 08 14 8Out marched Lord Creed of Bathampton to bat with Matt (how’s that?). Interesting duo between the wickets – Jim really doesn’t do “running”, apart from the odd strolled single, while Matt was sweating a dark liquid in which one could see the outline of a golden harp. Despite this obvious mismatch, the partnership prospered, ably abetted by good old Mr. Sundries. So it was then that our score moved (as it did against Burbage) ever closer to 200 and with only 5 men out… But then, a Yogi Berra moment: after some beefy blows, Jim succumbed to his GB nemesis (they call him Frodo) for a solid 30 and then Matt was stumped having just reached his 50. Although there were still 3 wickets in hand to get us past 200, we again declined to do so and folded on 197 all out with 2.2 of our overs unused. Mr. S also reached a half-century for the second week running, and the tail was undone by another youngster who snared 3 MCC victims for 1 run off 10 deliveries.

Conversation over a generous tea concerned the question as to whether we had scored enough runs, given that the outfield had dried out completely, the wicket had become progressively more benign, and the sun was coming out. Chopper and Simon Taylor opened the bowling against two GB batsmen who clearly wanted to get on with it. One obviously had a hot date, keeping his body well away from the ball and then smacking it unerringly through the off-side. This could not go on, however, and Chopper finally forced him further and further towards square leg before getting one to miss his bat and hit his stumps.

jheyel450 2Soon after, the Skipper called for a double change and Matt and Jim took over. It wasn’t long before the other GB opener fell, caught Jim bowled Matt, followed shortly by the threatening no. 3 being trapped lbw – another wicket to Matt, who was then taken off (a cunning plan, Captain?). While Jim kept wheeling away, Johnny Heyel (this week’s blast from the past) had his first bowl for a couple of years at the other end. Although it took a while for the gears to grind back into action, the still-not-aging-rocker has retained his magic and he finally enticed the GB danger man to hole out to Matt at long-on. Meanwhile, Lord C had given up on appealing for leg-before and decided that the best option was simply to bowl the batters out without the need for either umpires or fielders to get involved. Three of the oppo perished in this way and another then lost his bet against Johnny’s precision throw and was comfortably run out. With Jim bowled out (9-3-17-3) and JH given a well-earned rest, it was left to Chopper and G&T to grab the last two wickets – excellent catches by JH and, would you believe it, a “diving” Creedster – GB all out for 120 in the 36th over, and a welcome second victory for the 2nds by 77 runs.

All in all, a fine result then, with stand-out, all-round contributions from Chopper, Matt and Lord Jim, the people’s choice, of course, for MoM. A more than solid performance in the field and, importantly, very few extras conceded (only 7 compared to the 57 that boosted our score significantly). Next week, away to Westbury and my sources tell me that our luckless Cricket Manager (0-7 after the 3rd’s result) may be making the trip… time for some loin-girding, I think.

Richard Guy

Scorecard

Fixture Details

Type : League: West of England Premier Cricket League Wiltshire Division 2nd XI - 2015 Date : Saturday 13th June 2015
Toss : Great Bedwyn CC - 2nd XI won the toss and elected to field Start Time : 13:30
Ground : Great Bedwyn CC Rules Type : Standard

Result Summary

Result :    Marshfield CC - 2nd XI - Won by 77 runs
  Great Bedwyn CC - 2nd XIMarshfield CC - 2nd XI
Score 120 for 10 (35.2 overs) 't' 197 for 10 (42.4 overs) 'b'
Game Points 0 10
Penalty Points 0 0
Batting Points 1 4
Bowling Points 5 7
Total Points 6 21

Marshfield CC - 2nd XI

Batting

 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Daniel Watson ct Freddie Good b  Joe Blundy 2 0 0 0
2 Richard Guy ct Thomas Lauder b  James Nash 0 0 0 0
3 A Jenkins ct Thomas Lauder b  Joe Blundy 9 0 0 0
4 Alastair Christie   b  Oliver Rowell 30 0 0 0
5 Matt Watson st Thomas Lauder b  Thomas Stone 54 0 0 0
6 Colin Sinkins*† lbw b  Alistair Tuttle 7 0 0 0
7 Jim Creed   b  Freddie Good 30 0 0 0
8 Martin Roper lbw b  Thomas Stone 7 0 0 0
9 Johnny Heyel ct Joe Blundy b  Thomas Stone 0 0 0 0
10 Simon Taylor   b  Alistair Tuttle 0 0 0 0
11 Graham Tanner not out   2 0 0 0
  Byes (2), Leg Byes (6), Wides (49) Extras57  
    Total 197  
    Wickets all out  
    Overs42.4  

* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

 

* = not out batsman

Bowling

  BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 James Nash 9 1 21 1 0 0
2 Alistair Tuttle 9 1 37 2 0 0
3 Joe Blundy 9 1 34 2 0 0
4 Oliver Rowell 6 0 32 1 0 0
5 Freddie Good 5 0 36 1 0 0
6 Owen Lauder 4 0 29 0 0 0
7 Thomas Stone 1.4 0 1 3 0 0
  Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 8 0
  Total 43.4 3 198 10 0 0

Great Bedwyn CC - 2nd XI

Batting

 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Thomas Lauder ct Jim Creed b  Matt Watson 16 0 0 0
2 Thomas Stone   b  Alastair Christie 20 0 0 0
3 Joe Blundy   b  Jim Creed 20 0 0 0
4 George Stone lbw b  Matt Watson 10 0 0 0
5 Alistair Tuttle* ct Matt Watson b  Johnny Heyel 23 0 0 0
6 Akhil Malhotra   b  Jim Creed 2 0 0 0
7 James Nash ct Johnny Heyel b  Graham Tanner 20 0 0 0
8 Owen Lauder   b  Jim Creed 0 0 0 0
9 Robert Lovejoy run out (Johnny Heyel)   1 0 0 0
10 Freddie Good ct Jim Creed b  Alastair Christie 1 0 0 0
11 Oliver Rowell not out   0 0 0 0
  Byes (1), Wides (6) Extras7  
    Total 120  
    Wickets all out  
    Overs35.2  

* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

 

* = not out batsman

Bowling

  BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 Simon Taylor 7 1 32 0 0 0
2 Alastair Christie 6.2 1 16 2 0 0
3 Matt Watson 6 0 20 2 0 0
4 Jim Creed 9 3 17 3 0 0
5 Johnny Heyel 5 0 26 1 0 0
6 Graham Tanner 2 0 9 1 0 0
  Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 1 1
  Total 35.2 5 121 10 0 0
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