No “Happy Hour” Despite 3rd XI’s Third Win In Three!
By the time we all crawled out of bed on Saturday, the 3rd XI had already claimed its third victory in as many weeks, Collingbourne being unable to raise enough bodies and conceding the match. Obviously concerned that there might be no match report, Ilo stood down from the selected 2nd XI and your correspondent assumed the vacant spot (Hodds and Dicko having been quickly grounded for more husbandly activities). The Skipper, finding Big Dawg back in the ranks, did not hesitate in choosing to bat despite the pronounced bilious colour of the wicket.
No matter, even though the Trowbridge attack was stingy with any loose stuff, Wayne and Dan W, fresh from last week’s ton, got us off to a solid start and we had passed 50 before the first wicket went down. The first change replacements proved to be even more parsimonious than the openers and bowled frustratingly well to their 7-2 offside fields and made run scoring an arduous task. Progress was slow, therefore in this middle period, and not helped by Threaders snaffling both Big D and the skipper to (it must be said) uncontested lbw decisions.
With drinks having been and gone, the arrival of Glen Perry at no. 4 injected some much needed urgency into the proceedings and some rather cavalier running between the wickets with his partner who really should know better. However with the 150 coming up with 10 or so overs to go and 7 wickets in hand, a total of 200+ did not seem a ridiculous proposition. Well, best laid plans and all that, because 152-3 rather quickly transformed to 155-7, with the spirit of the 3rd’s living on through this not unfamiliar bit of batting collapse. Only a brief rally by JC and some elegant shots from young Hamish held out some hope but the inevitable was not long delayed and we succumbed for 189 off all but 2 balls of our allotted 45 overs.
Although disappointed with this outcome, it was clear from our innings that run scoring against sensibly tight bowling was never going to be easy on this wicket which had been freshened up during the afternoon by a couple of short, sharp showers. An excellent tea was taken in an eventually hopeful mood, therefore, and out we went to field with the sun breaking through for the first time all day.
Eight overs later, Trowbridge had reached 80 without loss simply by belting every bad ball to the boundary and without any slogging whatsoever. The lesson of our innings had not been learned, it’s fair to say. The mood of despondency was only temporarily lifted when the opposition no. 2 skied a top-edge off G&T just behind our keeper who was standing up. Both Dawg at slip and Hamish on the 45 at backward square waited patiently for Colin to turn around and pouch the catch in his cavernous gloves. Unfortunately, the skip was peering in the general direction of deep mid wicket and wondering why no-one was chasing the ball over there, blissfully unaware that it was now heading downwards a few yards behind his left shoulder. Wayne finally decide to make a move (Hamish didn’t) but it was too late and his dive and the ball never looked like coinciding in any meaningful way.
With the 1st XI losing too, the weekend was a bit of a let down after the preceding two clean sweeps. As it turns out, the 3rd XI, without a ball being bowled, climbed one place in their table – is this the strategy we’ve been searching for all season?
A temporary setback, though, because JC in the next over induced an action replay – this time the ball didn't go so high, Wayne yelled “mine” as Colin again peered into the distance and we finally had a wicket. This was swiftly followed by another sharp piece of Pascall fielding as he ran out the other opener, who was trying for an optimistic (and insulting) second run, with a direct hit. Jim soon bagged the oppo skipper lbw for a blob with an off break that I swear turned in the correct direction. Some more clobbering ensued, interrupted by three tidy overs from the Wayner (what bad back, what dodgy knees?) and a wicket well caught on the run by Chris Revell, whose day had up to that point been less than memorable, it must be said.
After that, only two incidents interrupted Trowbridge’s rather rapid approach to the target. In Glen Perry’s first over, a highish full toss was fairly gently mishit to mid-on, who dropped perhaps the dolliest dolly of his (some might say) over-long career. The ensuing silence was as deathly quiet as the level of post-match humiliation was raucous. The second was Glen bouncing back to bowl a near-perfect leg break that spun past the outside edge of the advancing batsman to be neatly taken by Colin who whipped off the bails for a classic bit of stumping. Otherwise, progress was fairly smooth for the Trowbridge 6th wicket pair and they passed our score after only 29.2 overs, a run rate just shy of 6.5 per…
With the 1st XI losing too, the weekend was a bit of a let down after the preceding two clean sweeps. As it turns out, the 3rd XI, without a ball being bowled, climbed one place in their table – is this the strategy we’ve been searching for all season? For the 2nd’s, disappointment with the result was offset by the award of the “flat champagne” moment to your correspondent (thanks, Jim) for his inept attempt to position his hands in the same place as the cricket ball. Oh well, it didn't lose us the match, did it…?
Postscript: It turns out that Collingbourne 2nd XI have now forfeited 4 games this season and have, therefore, been suspended from the league. Consequently, their results to date have been expunged from the league table and the 3rd XI now find themselves in 8th position out of 9 in the WCCL Division 6. So much for that strategy, then. What’s plan B, Gary?
|Type :||League: West of England Premier Cricket League Wiltshire Division 2nd XI - 2015||Date :||Saturday 1st August 2015|
|Toss :||Marshfield CC - 2nd XI won the toss||Start Time :||13:30|
|Ground :||Broadleys||Rules Type :||Standard|
|Marshfield CC - 2nd XI||Trowbridge CC - 2nd XI|
|Score||189 for 10 (44.4 overs) 't'||190 for 5 (29.2 overs)|
|1||Daniel Watson||ct Dave Johnson||b Corey Tallentire||22||0||0||0|
|2||Wayne Pascall||lbw||b Corey Tallentire||39||0||0||0|
|3||Richard Guy||b Stephen Oakley||26||0||0||0|
|4||Colin Sinkins*†||lbw||b Tom Lloyd||11||0||0||0|
|5||Glenn Perry||ct Corey Tallentire||b Chris Dicker||27||0||0||0|
|6||Terry Bishop||b Chris Dicker||1||0||0||0|
|7||Chris Revell||b Chris Dicker||0||0||0||0|
|8||Jim Creed||b Stephen Johnson||8||0||0||0|
|9||Hamish Walker||ct Corey Tallentire||b Stephen Johnson||19||0||0||0|
|10||Graham Tanner||ct Ryan Salter||b Chris Dicker||0||0||0||0|
|11||Oliver Kinsey||not out||0||0||0||0|
|Byes (3), Leg Byes (3), Wides (23), No Balls (6)||Extras||35|
* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets53-1 Daniel Watson (Wayne Pascall-0*); 71-2 Wayne Pascall (Richard Guy-0*); 100-3 Colin Sinkins (Richard Guy-0*); 152-4 Richard Guy (Glenn Perry-0*); 153-5 Terry Bishop (Glenn Perry-0*); 153-6 Chris Revell (Glenn Perry-0*); 155-7 Glenn Perry (Jim Creed-0*); 177-8 Jim Creed (Hamish Walker-0*); 182-9 Graham Tanner (Hamish Walker-0*); 189-10 Hamish Walker (Oliver Kinsey-0*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||6||0|
|1||Alistair Goddard†||ct Wayne Pascall||b Jim Creed||38||0||0||0|
|2||Daniel Clarkson||run out (Unsure)||47||0||0||0|
|3||Ryan Salter||ct Chris Revell||b Wayne Pascall||27||0||0||0|
|4||Dave Johnson*||lbw||b Jim Creed||0||0||0||0|
|5||Philip Johnson||st Colin Sinkins||b Glenn Perry||27||0||0||0|
|6||Stephen Johnson||not out||18||0||0||0|
|7||Chris Dicker||not out||13||0||0||0|
|8||Stephen Oakley||did not bat|
|9||Tom Lloyd||did not bat|
|10||Corey Tallentire||did not bat|
|11||Jamie Adkins||did not bat|
|Leg Byes (3), Wides (16), No Balls (1)||Extras||20|
* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets95-1 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 99-2 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 114-3 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 134-4 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 160-5 Unsure (Unsure-0*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||3||1|