Threaders Bat Carrying Heroics in Vain
Following the previous weeks disappointing defeat to Potterne, it was a much changed 3rds that travelled to Moredon to take on second in the table Swindon NALGO on Saturday. With the selectors deciding that the Prof Guy’s first duck since 2011 (at least that’s what he claims), was clearly a one off, he kept his place in the seconds, as did a returning from holiday Dicko. Comrade Hodder, Ellsy, Chivers Major and Chivers Minor were all promoted from last weeks 3rds team to join them. With Tel Bishop and Willsy at a wedding (not marrying each other or even at the same wedding I hasten to add), Greener playing football (can’t imagine why as his football is no better than his cricket an un-named source was heard to say!), Tim Woodman in Wales and Chris Middup at a beer festival, this meant that there were only 4 “survivors” from last weeks team. Whether this is ruthless selection, sheer desperation, or simply pulling names out of a hat I will let you the reader decide.
Incoming we had official VC Ilo, taking the captaincy reigns for the first time, Simon Taylor and Hussain from the 2nds, Threaders from the tea kitchen, Boop en route to Cheltenham, James Ford with his first appearance of the season and a returning “Big” Chris Revell.
However before I start the match report, a quick word on the surroundings. The first challenge in playing at Moredon Rec is actually finding it. On arrival the first impression is was it worth the effort, with the pavilion bearing a close resemblance to B Wing at one of HM’s finest high-security prisons! However the pitch itself is not too bad, with the outfield flat and fast, and the wicket a newly installed and very expensive artificial. At each end of the wicket two messages were stencilled in very large letters: “NO SPIKES” (fair enough), and “NO BBQ’S”! That’s odd you might think, until you discover in the middle of the pitch a neatly inserted repair approximately 4’ x 2’. Upon asking, as I am sure you have guessed by now, we were told that just after its installation somebody had in fact lit a BBQ in this very spot, causing a small fire, the wicket to melt, and no doubt some very dodgy burgers!
So to the game. Ilo won the toss, and with only 9 players having found the ground by this point, decided to bat. The skipper decided to lead from the front, and opened the batting with Threaders, with last weeks 4 “survivors” consigned to numbers 8, 9, 10 & 11 in the batting order (so it was ruthless selection then!). With Threaders practicing imaginary forward defensive shots all the way to the wicket, it was clearly an indicator of what was to come.
The NALGO opening bowlers were quite pacy, but with the outfield fast the runs started to come, including a crisply struck square-cut for 4 by Threaders, coming as a shock to both his teammates and himself! With the score on 25, Ilo nicked one behind which brought Boop to the wicket. Boop then made the mistake of getting his pad in the way of a delivery, which produced an appeal that any Test match team would be proud of, and a predictable response from an umpire who had mysteriously appeared just as the game started, and seemed to be given a brief run down on the Laws by the NALGO captain! To his credit Boop took what looked to be a very poor decision with good grace, and certainly better than your reporter. Following a brief discussion, and a change of umpire, Chris came to the wicket and a quieter period followed, with Threaders seeming to set himself for an innings of which even the great Geoffrey Boycott would be proud.
A change of bowling then produced a double wicket over. First up Chris was comprehensively bowled, bringing Hussain to the wicket. Having hit his second ball for 6, he was caught in the deep off his 4th ball leave us wobbling on 48-4. A quick-fire 14 from James Ford followed before he was also caught in the deep, to be replaced by Simon Taylor. With Threaders still resisting all temptation at one end, Simon set about mixing stern resistance with some aggressive stroke play, and the score moved up to 110, with Simon scoring 32 before he fell to a juggled catch at mid-off.
This left Threaders with the tail, and with Threaders still adopting a “they shall not pass” approach, in fairness partly through exhaustion, the scoring rate dropped. However another 22 runs were added before on the 4th ball of the last over Ravi was out caught and bowled, and we were all out for 132. Threaders had therefore carried his bat through the entire innings for an unbelievable 24 not out! It is not known how many balls he faced, but judging by the weary way he staggered from the crease, it was quite a lot!
While 132 was more than we looked like getting earlier in the innings, taking into account the speed of the outfield it was certainly a well below par total on the day. Also looking through the NALGO scorebook it was also clear that if we were to have any chance of winning, we would have to get their opening batsman Raghu out early, as he had taken a decent Box bowling attack to the cleaners the previous week.
Chris and Simon opened the bowling and on the second ball of the innings Chris got one to lift outside off stump, which said opener cut hard in the air to point. Unfortunately the fielder at point, who shall remain nameless for obvious reasons, failed to hang on to the ball, and the chance was gone. After this the two openers settled in to the game and the scoring rate started to climb ominously. There was brief hope for Marshfield when Simon got out the other opener caught behind by Boop, and then in the next over Chris uprooted the leg stump of the number 3 bat who was clearly in a hurry to get the game finished. However the new bat was quite happy to play a more Threaders-like role, whilst Raghu got on with taking full advantage of any wayward deliveries. A number of bowling changes made no difference, and we were unable to get any further wickets, and NALGO reached the required total after just 23 overs, with Raghu on 65 not out.
In the field this week it was Sandras turn to be in the firing line, and despite donning a natty pair of shin pads, she found herself in the way of a number a very crisply hit on-drives, one of Mr Raghu’s favourite shots. However the shin pads proved to be pretty useless, and a suit of armour may have been more appropriate, as they were all stopped, but only by using various other parts of the body!
Though it was an improved performance on last week, we once again failed to get enough runs to set a serious challenge. However I have heard a rumour that a number of regulars may be returning to the fold for this weeks game against table-topping Southwick, including chief reporter, opening batsman and wicket taking bowler RADvc Prof Guy, so who knows, maybe we can spring a surprise, and at least there will be a proper match report!
|Type :||League: Wiltshire League Division 6 - 2015||Date :||Saturday 20th June 2015|
|Toss :||Marshfield CC - 3rd XI won the toss and elected to bat||Start Time :||13:00|
|Ground :||2nd team fortress||Rules Type :||Standard|
|Swindon Nalgo CC - 2nd XI||Marshfield CC - 3rd XI|
|Score||137 for 2 (23 overs)||132 for 10 (44.4 overs) 'b' 't'|
|1||Rob Iles*||ct Unsure||b N Ali||16||4||0||0|
|2||Mike Threadgill||not out||24||3||0||0|
|3||Keith Pullin†||lbw||b Venkat||1||0||0||0|
|4||Chris Revell||b Jamey ?||6||1||0||0|
|5||Hussain Saeed||ct Unsure||b Jamey ?||6||0||1||0|
|6||James Ford||ct Unsure||b ? Mangi||14||3||0||0|
|7||Simon Taylor||ct Unsure||b Venkat||32||6||0||0|
|8||Charles Harris||run out (Unsure)||0||0||0||0|
|9||Andrew Pierce||b Venkat||1||0||0||0|
|10||Sandra Rouse||lbw||b Jamey ?||2||0||0||0|
|11||Ravi Jain||ct & b Jamey ?||4||1||0||0|
|Byes (1), Leg Byes (2), Wides (21), No Balls (2)||Extras||26|
* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets25-1 Rob Iles (Mike Threadgill-5*); 26-2 Keith Pullin (Mike Threadgill-5*); 40-3 Chris Revell (Mike Threadgill-7*); 48-4 Hussain Saeed (Mike Threadgill-7*); 67-5 James Ford (Mike Threadgill-11*); 110-6 Simon Taylor (Mike Threadgill-17*); 119-7 Charles Harris (Mike Threadgill-19*); 121-8 Andrew Pierce (Mike Threadgill-19*); 128-9 Sandra Rouse (Mike Threadgill-24*); 132-10 Ravi Jain (Mike Threadgill-24*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||3||1|
|1||Mr Raghu*||not out||65||0||0||0|
|2||? Ankusa||ct Keith Pullin||b Simon Taylor||30||0||0||0|
|3||? Vivek||b Chris Revell||8||0||0||0|
|5||N Ali||did not bat|
|6||Venkat||did not bat|
|7||Jamey ?||did not bat|
|8||? Mangi||did not bat|
|9||Unsure||did not bat|
|10||Unsure||did not bat|
|11||Unsure||did not bat|
* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||0||0|