Respectable Effort But 3rd’s Come Up Short
Availability problems once again left the 3rd XI captain-less and vice-captain-less requiring the Adjunct Substitute Stand-By Replacement Assistant Topdog (AssBrat) to take charge against our opponents from Lacock. First job, win toss and insert oppo – check! Good start except for two small issues:-  Specialist fielder Charles was singing at a wedding at 1 p.m. and due at least an hour late.  Meagre bowling resources and neither of recognised openers willing to have a go up the hill.
Thus, it was “who else?” starting down the hill with H. Smith patiently waiting his turn and (do not adjust your set) AssBrat from the lower end. First over, tidy from Dicko, the second less so and more hittable than the “worst, first over ever bowled in the history of cricket” (see match report vs. Marlborough, July 18). After that, things calmed down a bit as the Lacock openers established a solid foundation and had soon passed 40 without loss.
Then, just as Dicko was reflecting on what a nice warm day it was for a long bowl, the older opener took one liberty too many and was smartly held by Smithy at short extra. With 12 overs done, it was time for a double change, young Harold from the Dixon End and Chris - ‘call me Arnie’ - MIddup t’hill (geddit?). The next 12 overs were a little surreal as the second wicket pair put on 90, of which no. 3 scored only 9. The younger opener mixed a fair number of proper cricket shots with mishits in the air that landed well away from any fielder and causing a fair bit of frustration in the MCC ranks.
By now, Charles had shed his surplice and donned his whites and his Mexico Cricket Club cap. Fortified, presumably, by a plate of jalapeños before arriving at the ground, Don Carlos proceeded to give another master-class in ground fielding during the rest of the Lacock innings. Now that we had a full complement of fielders, Dicko agreed to come back on and enticed the danger man (a very decent knock of 91) to snick one with Tim Woodman doing the rest (phew!). 133-2 was soon 141-4. Dicko grabbed his third thanks to an incredibly athletic left-handed slip catch by Willsy, bettering by some distance the two impressive snaffles of the missing skipper earlier this season. Magic! Shortly, thereafter, Arnie finally removed the obdurate no. 3 and earned a just reward for a solid 12-over spell (1-45).
By now, Charles had shed his surplice and donned his whites and his Mexico Cricket Club cap. Fortified, presumably, by a plate of jalapeños before arriving at the ground, Don Carlos proceeded to give another master-class in ground fielding during the rest of the Lacock innings.
With 36 overs gone, the AssBrat now had to find a way to close out proceedings. The obvious (sic) candidate was Willsy to take over downhill (another refusenik for t’other end) and a missed full toss did nicely for Lacock’s no. 5, thanks very much. His second over is best left for the anoraks to pore over, but no matter because AssBrat and Harry wrapped up the rest of the oppo in shortish order and their innings closed on 191 after 42.3 overs with Greeny taking a splendid catch on the run at deep mid-on. Wickets shared around, Dicko 3-36, Harry 2-53, AssBrat 2-28, and Arnie and Willsy one apiece (Lacock only had 10).
Overall a decent showing and another fine performance in the field. In addition to the exemplary work of Don Carlos, debutant Kent Collins was an impenetrable barrier and Sandra covered more ground than anyone else (leaving her so breathless that the trademark, ear-piercing whistle was not heard until well into the evening). While we were now facing a total that looked like being much bigger (after all, Lacock had passed 100 before 20 overs had been bowled), tea would have been taken more optimistically had the early air-shots of their no. 2 gone to hand.
Restored by Willsy’s generous tea, the MCC reply was cautious against some accurate bowling of dramatically contrasting velocities. The slower offie had taken 7 scalps in the earlier match at Lacock and was perhaps afforded more respect than he deserved. The sharpish Harding brothers down the hill were annoyingly accurate and backed up by their fields to which they bowled rather well. With the score on 45, Commander Roper’s patience finally ran out against the slow stuff; Tim W was at 3 and looked the part despite the nagging attack. Steadily (but painstakingly) we reached 85, with 30 overs used up, when the other MCC opener was dismissed. Tim followed soon after leaving Harry and Greeny to deal with the relentlessly straight bowling. By now, the target was out of reach and the more modest objective of a third batting point became our focus. After a couple of meaty blows from Smithy, both he and Greeny were done for. Dicko eased us past 125 but then perished (the 5th out of 6 dismissals to be bowled) just before our 45 overs were done and we had 127-6 on the board.
Defeated by 64 runs doesn’t sound so great, but the difference between the sides came down to their one batsman, who profited from anything loose, and the fact that the opposition bowled with unusual discipline for a WCCL Division 6 team, a feat that we have not been able to replicate very often. MoM has to go to Willsy for his remarkable catch and his wicket! Next week, the 3rd’s are away to the league leaders and the chance to bat on probably the best wicket in our division. Let’s see who can take advantage!
|Type :||League: Wiltshire League Division 6 - 2015||Date :||Saturday 8th August 2015|
|Toss :||Marshfield CC - 3rd XI won the toss and elected to field||Start Time :||13:00|
|Ground :||Withymead||Rules Type :||Standard|
|Marshfield CC - 3rd XI||Lacock CC - 2nd XI|
|Score||127 for 6 (45 overs) 't'||191 for 9 (42.3 overs) 'b'|
|1||Mark Simmons||ct Harry Smith||b Mark Dixon||20||0||0||0|
|2||M Loft||ct Tim Woodman||b Mark Dixon||91||0||0||0|
|3||Clive Harding||b Chris Middup||11||0||0||0|
|4||M Cookson†||ct Andy Wills||b Mark Dixon||4||0||0||0|
|5||J. Harding||st Tim Woodman||b Richard Guy||14||0||0||0|
|6||Matt Harding||b Andy Wills||20||0||0||0|
|7||Tim Culling*||ct Matthew Green||b Harry Smith||6||0||0||0|
|8||s hughes||b Harry Smith||0||0||0||0|
|9||Anthony Edwards||ct Harry Smith||b Richard Guy||0||0||0||0|
|10||V Groves||not out||0||0||0||0|
|Extras b (7), w (13), nb (5)||25|
* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets41-1 Mark Simmons (M Loft-20*); 133-2 M Loft (Clive Harding-9*); 139-3 M Cookson (Clive Harding-9*); 141-4 Clive Harding (J. Harding-0*); 172-5 Matt Harding (J. Harding-8*); 188-6 J. Harding (Tim Culling-5*); 190-7 s hughes (Tim Culling-5*); 191-8 Anthony Edwards (Tim Culling-6*); 191-9 Tim Culling (V Groves-0*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||7||0|
|1||Richard Guy*||b J. Harding||49||2||0||0|
|2||Martin Roper||ct s hughes||b Anthony Edwards||10||0||0||0|
|3||Tim Woodman†||b J. Harding||19||3||0||0|
|4||Matthew Green||b Tim Culling||6||0||0||0|
|5||Harry Smith||b Matt Harding||15||2||0||0|
|6||Mark Dixon||b Matt Harding||5||0||0||0|
|7||Charles Harris||not out||2||0||0||0|
|8||Andy Wills||not out||0||0||0||0|
|9||Chris Middup||did not bat|
|10||Sandra Rouse||did not bat|
|11||Kent Collins||did not bat|
|Extras b (5), lb (10), w (7), nb (1)||23|
* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets45-1 Martin Roper (Richard Guy-30*); 85-2 Richard Guy (Tim Woodman-13*); 95-3 Tim Woodman (Matthew Green-3*); 119-4 Matthew Green (Harry Smith-15*); 119-5 Harry Smith (Mark Dixon-0*); 127-6 Mark Dixon (Charles Harris-2*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||15||0|