Catches Win Matches!
Marshfield 3rds travelled to the well-appointed Bishops Cannings CC ground in Coate to play Potterne 4ths looking to improve on the performance in the home fixture, where a woeful batting display had seen us go down by 147 runs. However with Potterne needing to win the game to secure promotion, this was not looking an easy task, not aided by your regular reporter, and the 3rds leading run score Prof Guy being unavailable due to “work commitments” in the USA.
Fortunately the wicket had been covered to protect it from the previous days deluge, however the considerable slope on the wicket meant that water had run under covers leaving the bottom end quite damp. Despite this, on winning the toss, Potterne decided to bat, and Dicko took the new ball, bowling down the hill of course. Bowling into the damp patch, Dicko was getting a considerable amount of lift from his gentle medium pace, and one of his early deliveries surprised the opening batsman Guthrie so much that he lobbed a gentle catch back to the bowler, only for Dicko to ignore the ball completely and the chance was gone. At the other end skipper Ilo was also causing problems for the openers, and beating the bat constantly without finding the edge. However the other opener Hillier finally middled one to point where new player Kent Collins was fielding. Unfortunately in trying to stop the ball Kent managed to pull a hamstring, and spent the rest of the game hobbling from end to end at 1st slip, not the most useful of positions in 3rd team cricket, and making our somewhat meager fielding resources (Chris Revell) even more stretched.
The breakthrough finally came when Ilo got one past Hillier’s bat and uprooted his leg stump, and with the number 3 Russell following not long after thanks to an excellent catch by Big Chris off the bowling of your reporter, who had replaced the tiring Dicko bowling down the hill, we were in the game with Potterne on 40-2. However Potterne’s skipper Chivers now joined Guthrie, and a partnership started to develop with Guthrie in particular taking full advantage of any loose bowling, aided by the very fast outfield. Ilo started to the ring the changes with the bowlers, and the breakthrough came when he returned to the bottom end and bowled a tiring Guthrie for 91, but by now the score had reached 136 and the fielders were also starting to tire.
With a youthful Alam now joining Chivers at the crease, Potterne increased the tempo, and our fielding started to crumble, just as the Chairman arrived for a rare visit to a 3rd team away game (I think he heard about the Potterne tea). First up Dicko had a simple chance to redeem his earlier faux pas, when off your reporters bowling Alam hit a regulation catch to mid-off. However rather than do the easy thing and simply bend down and catch the ball, he decided he would flick it up with his left shin first, using a manoeuvre he had clearly picked up from one of his daughters ballet classes. Well this was of course doomed to failure, and the chance was gone, leaving Dicko nursing a rather sore shin.
Luckily for Dicko in my next over he had yet another chance to redeem himself, when Alam hit an even easier chance to mid-off. All that was required this time was for Dicko to take two paces to his right and catch the ball, no bending down necessary. Well this part was achieved, but unfortunately for some unknown reason (he claims there was a rabbit hole in the otherwise immaculate outfield), Dicko crashed to the ground and the ball slipped from his grasp. Whilst worried team mates gathered round the stricken Dicko to make sure he was OK, the Chairman needed to use a strategically placed cover to stop himself from also falling to the ground, this time from laughter. Meanwhile your reporter, showing no sympathy whatsoever to the clearly winded Dicko, was admonished by the umpire for giving some helpful advice to Dicko containing language that is best described as “Anglo-Saxon”.
Meanwhile your reporter, showing no sympathy whatsoever to the clearly winded Dicko, was admonished by the umpire for giving some helpful advice to Dicko containing language that is best described as “Anglo-Saxon”.
Finally Ilo demonstrated it was possible to catch a ball, when he held a skier from Chivers at square-leg, before more chances were dropped, Alam being the beneficiary of 3rd team generosity on at least 2 further occasions before Dicko, now bowling up the hill, trapped him LBW for 42. With your reporter taking a routine c & b in the last over, Potterne finished with maximum batting points on a daunting 203-6.
Tea was a fantastic spread which was much appreciated by the weary Marshfield fielders and Chairman, and then it was our turn to bat. Ilo opened the innings with somewhat surprisingly myself at the other end. The first few overs passed without incident until off the first ball of the 4th over I played what can only be described, even by my own low standards, a truly awful shot lobbing the ball back for a dolly c & b, which was duly taken. The Chairman left in disgust and the floodgates were opened.
Messers Wills, Woodman and Revell all missed straight ones, Dicko and Charles went walkabout and were stumped, and even the redoubtable Threaders lobbed a simple catch to silly mid-off to leave the innings in tatters at 49-7, with Ilo at the other end wondering what all the fuss was about on 35 not out. This brought Chris Middup to the wicket, and to emphasise just how bad things were, when he hit has 2nd ball to the boundary he immediately became the 2nd highest scorer in our innings!
Ilo was out for an excellent 54 with the score on 74 before Sandra guided us to the first batting point before also departing with the score on 80. This brought our last-man, a one-legged Kent to the wicket to join CM, with Big Chris acting his runner. CM and Kent somehow managed to get us past 100 for the next batting point, with the monopodial Kent playing some particularly unorthodox shots before finally getting out for 6 in the 37th over with the score on 102. CM was left on 24 not out and by simply playing a few shots, proved it really wasn’t as difficult as the rest of us had made it look. This made Potterne winners by 101 runs, and promoted from Division 6, so our congratulations go to them.
We then retired to the pub at Bishops Cannings, which unusually, and possibly uniquely, has a crazy golf course in the pub garden, which given some of the goings on of earlier was probably quite appropriate. The Chuckle Brothers Dixon and Revell immediately had to take this on (Dicko winning by one shot I believe), while the rest of us joined in Potterne’s promotion party, and more specifically free sausage and chips!
Summing up it was a frustrating performance given our catching in recent games, and once we allowed Potterne to score 200+ the outcome seemed almost inevitable. As the saying goes catches win matches. MOM was cleary Ilo for 54 runs, 2 wickets and an excellent catch.
|Type :||League: Wiltshire League Division 6 - 2015||Date :||Saturday 15th August 2015|
|Toss :||Potterne CC - 4th XI won the toss and elected to bat||Start Time :||13:00|
|Ground :||Bishops Cannings CC||Rules Type :||Standard|
Highlights :Lovely ground, nice teas, Ilo's batting and bowling and the pub on the way home.....
|Potterne CC - 4th XI||Marshfield CC - 3rd XI|
|Score||203 for 6 (45 overs) 'b' 't'||102 for 10 (36.1 overs)|
|1||Andrew Hillier||b Rob Iles||9||0||0||0|
|2||Neil Guthrie||b Rob Iles||91||0||0||0|
|3||David Russell†||ct Chris Revell||b Andrew Pierce||7||0||0||0|
|4||Kieren Chivers*||ct Rob Iles||b Andrew Pierce||29||0||0||0|
|5||Md-Sohidul Alam||lbw||b Mark Dixon||42||0||0||0|
|6||Andrew Genever||not out||15||0||0||0|
|7||Tom Joyce||ct & b Andrew Pierce||4||0||0||0|
|8||R Simons||did not bat|
|9||Greg Bowen||did not bat|
|10||C Garbutt||did not bat|
|11||Sam Taylor||did not bat|
|Extras b (3), lb (2), w (4), nb (2)||11|
* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets17-1 Andrew Hillier (Neil Guthrie-5*); 40-2 David Russell (Neil Guthrie-22*); 136-3 Neil Guthrie (Kieren Chivers-0*); 153-4 Kieren Chivers (Md-Sohidul Alam-0*); 196-5 Md-Sohidul Alam (Andrew Genever-0*); 200-6 Tom Joyce (Andrew Genever-0*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||5||0|
|1||Rob Iles*||ct David Russell||b R Simons||54||9||0||0|
|2||Andrew Pierce||ct & b Md-Sohidul Alam||2||0||0||0|
|3||Andy Wills||b Kieren Chivers||1||0||0||0|
|4||Tim Woodman†||b Kieren Chivers||0||0||0||0|
|5||Chris Revell||b Kieren Chivers||0||0||0||0|
|6||Mark Dixon||st David Russell||b Md-Sohidul Alam||1||0||0||0|
|7||Mike Threadgill||ct Andrew Genever||b R Simons||3||0||0||0|
|8||Charles Harris||st David Russell||b R Simons||0||0||0||0|
|9||Chris Middup||not out||24||3||0||0|
|10||Sandra Rouse||run out (Unsure)||1||0||0||0|
|11||Kent Collins||ct Unsure||b R Simons||6||0||0||0|
|Extras b (2), lb (4), w (3), nb (1)||10|
* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets8-1 Andrew Pierce (Rob Iles-2*); 19-2 Andy Wills (Rob Iles-14*); 23-3 Tim Woodman (Rob Iles-18*); 25-4 Chris Revell (Rob Iles-18*); 37-5 Mark Dixon (Rob Iles-27*); 49-6 Mike Threadgill (Rob Iles-35*); 49-7 Charles Harris (Rob Iles-35*); 74-8 Rob Iles (Chris Middup-6*); 80-9 Sandra Rouse (Chris Middup-11*); 102-10 Kent Collins (Chris Middup-24*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||6||1|