Local Derby Win At Box Triggers Second Consecutive Happy Hour – Treasurer Distraught!
AAfter Friday’s deluge, the 3rd XI made the short journey to Box to find a grassy but dry wicket thanks to the new covers kindly installed by our opponents just a few days before. The Hodster was back in charge and he duly won the toss and elected to bowl. The team had a more or less familiar look and welcomed back James Ford for his second outing of the season. The skipper also brought his nephew, George Pollitt, and BishSnr. back from the 2’s; remarkably, there were also two twelfth persons available but not required.
Box has a very obvious top end, so you know who bowled from there, while Big Chris was invited to labour in the opposite direction. The opening overs were frugal with little in the way of anything loose. Young Master Revell generated some good carry and decent bounce and produced a beaut to clean bowl a known and dangerous opening bat for not many at all. That, however, was it wicket-wise for quite a few overs. Big C and Dicko, and then George and Piercy, continued to keep the run rate pegged at below 3 an over until drinks were taken at halfway.
It should be mentioned, to ensure journalistic balance (and to avoid possible litigation), that Piercy’s spell this week was probing, accurateand untainted by bowling material suitable only for landfill purposes (see last week’s report for context). And, appropriately, it was the Treasurer who finally made the breakthrough, tempting the other opener to slash at a slightly wider delivery only to see the thick edge brilliantly plucked out of the air by the Cricket Manager’s left-hand (his second blinder of a slip catch this season for the 3rd’s). Gary’s reward was to bring himself on after 6 steady oversfrom George (0-18) and to snaffle the Box no. 4 in short order.
As an awkward and accelerating fourth wicket stand began to develop, the skipper decided to revert to his opening bowlers, and they did not disappoint. Big C held one of his “running-at-full-tilt” signature catches off Dicko to prise out the obdurate no. 3, and then took the wicket of the increasingly confident no. 5 courtesy of an equally spectacular catch by Fordy at deepish mid-on. By this time a certain K. Dolman had arrived at the middle… regular readers will recall his cameo blitzkrieg in our home game earlier this season (Middup is still having counselling sessions twice a week) and a swift couple of boundaries were meatily struck. However, Big C then served up a half tracker that KD generously smote straight at our glorious leader who, er, dropped it. No matter, the next over from Dicko did the trick, with a slower delivery (what else?) mishit to young George, who clearly inherited the right genes and took a nice clean catch as he moved in from the boundary.
Subsequently, the last 4 wkts went down regularly: another clean bowled by Big C, two for Dicko (I don’t need to spell that out, do I?), and one for the Skip. Box all out 158 off 44.2 overs. Another fine display in the field, good catching once more and lots of pressure on the ball (Charles, in particular, was a real terrier). Bowling was accurate and, apart from a small wobble, very tight: Dicko 4-30, Big C 3-67, AP 1-26, Hodds 2-13. Into a copious tea, then, with maximum bowling points and facing a target that we would certainly have accepted if offered before play began.
The MCC regular no. 1 found himself with another new opening partner in the form of one A. Pierce, fresh from his batting success of last week. Although facing a decent opening attack, this new combo managed to wiggle its way past 50 before both openers surrendered themselves needlessly and without elegance (62-2). Rather than trigger a typical collapse, however, Big C and Fordy at 3 and 4, respectively, rebuilt nicely adding 40 without problem before, once more, both got out more or less simultaneously. Next up were Dicko and BishSnr, who successfully nurdled and scampered (well, you know what I mean…) another 20 odd and then departed more or less together, leaving us at 134-6 with the overs ticking down fast. Willsy and Hodds were next in line, the former injecting urgency while the latter finally figured out that a bit of slogging was more handy than the forward defensive. This more positive approach, especially the skipper’s repeated swatting to the short boundary at cow corner, took our score to 153 in the penultimate over when Willsy swung across the line to be as plumbacious as one can, and then Roper Snr missed a straight one, and we were 8 wickets down (having gone Ark-like in pairs throughout the innings) with 6 balls left and 6 wanted.
Last over, ball 1 hit to midwicket by GH and run refused. Ball 2, the same, run taken. Ball 3, well “left” by Charles, fumbled by wicket-keeper, one bye added. Ball 4, another cross-batted wipe from the captain to the cow boundary, game over, victory by 2 wkts with 2 balls to spare. Get in!
A fine game of cricket, played in excellent spirit by both sides. A special mention to Box for their “fair play” attitude and for fielding their selected 2nd XI side even though their 1st XI’s match had been called off at 10:30 that morning. For once, MCC’s batting had a look of competence about it (well, sort of) – six of the top 7 batsmen all made double figures, and this may be some sort of record. MoM has to go to our glorious leader who finally led a side to victory in 2015! He also took a super catch, snaffled 2 wickets in a tight bit of bowling, and then saw us home with his match-winning 21* at the death. A quick pint at the pub next door was followed by a triumphant return to Broadleys and the second “happy hour” of the season (well done, Watson & Watson, by the way!). Can we make it three in a row next week? 3rd XI at the Withy vs. Collingbourne is next up.
|Type :||League: Wiltshire League Division 6 - 2015||Date :||Saturday 25th July 2015|
|Toss :||Marshfield CC - 3rd XI won the toss and elected to field||Start Time :||13:00|
|Ground :||The Recreation Ground||Rules Type :||Standard|
Highlights :MCC All round great team fielding performance Richard Guy 43, Gary Hodder 21* Mark Dixon 11.2-2-30-4 Chris Revell 10-0-67-3 Box Ian Doyle 48, David Kelly 24 Tony Trotman 9-0-26-3
|Box CC - 2nd XI||Marshfield CC - 3rd XI|
|Score||158 for 10 (44.2 overs) 'b'||159 for 8 (44.4 overs) 't'|
|1||David Kelly†||ct Gary Hodder||b Andrew Pierce||24||0||0||0|
|2||Tony Trotman||b Chris Revell||6||0||0||0|
|3||Ian Doyle||ct Chris Revell||b Mark Dixon||48||0||0||0|
|4||Richard Bean||ct Richard Guy||b Gary Hodder||9||0||0||0|
|5||Sam Plowright||ct James Ford||b Chris Revell||17||0||0||0|
|6||Kevin Dolman||ct George Pollitt||b Mark Dixon||9||0||0||0|
|7||David Mullins*||b Chris Revell||8||0||0||0|
|8||Jamie Connolly||lbw||b Mark Dixon||1||0||0||0|
|9||Ben Richardson||b Gary Hodder||11||0||0||0|
|10||Jak Poolman||not out||7||0||0||0|
|11||Jordan Henley||b Mark Dixon||0||0||0||0|
|Byes (4), Wides (6), No Balls (8)||Extras||18|
* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets11-1 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 52-2 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 65-3 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 106-4 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 121-5 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 129-6 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 132-7 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 143-8 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 157-9 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 158-10 Unsure (Unsure-0*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||4||0|
|1||Richard Guy||st David Kelly||b Ian Doyle||43||7||1||0|
|2||Andrew Pierce||ct Jak Poolman||b Ian Doyle||12||1||0||0|
|3||Chris Revell||b Kevin Dolman||16||0||0||0|
|4||James Ford||lbw||b Jak Poolman||28||2||0||0|
|5||Mark Dixon||b Ben Richardson||20||3||0||0|
|6||Terry Bishop||b Tony Trotman||9||1||0||0|
|7||Gary Hodder*||not out||21||4||0||0|
|8||Andy Wills||lbw||b Tony Trotman||2||0||0||0|
|9||Martin Roper†||b Tony Trotman||0||0||0||0|
|10||Charles Harris||not out||0||0||0||0|
|11||George Pollitt||did not bat|
|Byes (1), Leg Byes (2), Wides (4), No Balls (1)||Extras||8|
* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets55-1 Andrew Pierce (Richard Guy-41*); 62-2 Richard Guy (Chris Revell-5*); 102-3 Chris Revell (James Ford-27*); 104-4 James Ford (Mark Dixon-1*); 128-5 Terry Bishop (Mark Dixon-16*); 134-6 Mark Dixon (Gary Hodder-0*); 153-7 Andy Wills (Gary Hodder-16*); 153-8 Martin Roper (Gary Hodder-16*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||3||0|