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30 Run Victory As 3rd XI Win Again!!!

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What a turn-around! Back in May, Marshfield’s first foray into the Stroud and District Division Two against Whitminster 2nd XI came right out of the play book of 2015 – attempting to chase down 173, the 3rd’s were dismissed for just 51, with only two players in double figures and four ducks, enough for a decent omelette, all in fine, traditional style. Whitminster must surely have arrived at Tormaton in confident mood, and on winning the toss decided to try expose the hosts batting once again.

The early stages of the innings did not suggest that things would be different – Willsy departed very quickly, and there followed a farcical missed run out chance (or rather multiple run out chances) as communication between the Prof and his new batting partner, George Pollitt, broke down. Your correspondent was umpiring at square leg and was treated to the sight of both batsmen diving to make their ground – at the same end! Having missed this chance, for Whitminster all that was needed was to get the ball to the bowlers end and run out someone, anyone. Astonishingly, by virtue of poor throws, fumbling and a complete lack of calmness and clear thinking, George was able to make it into the other crease too. Apparently two runs had been completed by both batsmen, George opting to run an extra two for some reason, but the outcome was two in the book, and some very annoyed fielders. If only it had been caught on film…

Perhaps unsettled by this the Prof departed for just 9, an uncharacteristic failure for him in what has been a very good season. At 20-2 Marshfield looked exposed, but once again Dicko helped to steady the ship and drinks were taken at 73-2, a good foundation.

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A brief flurry of runs after drinks suggested that an acceleration was coming, however this did not take place. Dicko managed to get himself stumped for 24 (I didn’t think he moved his feet that far?) and George was joined by Terry. As the overs ticked by the skipper, and to be fair most of the rest of the team, began to indicate that perhaps the scoring rate needed to increase. Attempting to comply with this Terry was caught for 12 and Martin Roper bowled for 0. Your correspondent added four, leaving it to Hodor, who had been talking a very good game, to try to help George and get the total past 160.

There now followed a fifteen minute spell which must take years off captain’s lives. From a very becalmed 138-6, just a few overs left, some mighty hitting (slogging?), carried the total past the seasons best of 171 to 176, and included a six a-piece for George, who ended on a superb 86 not out, and Hodor, whose 24 not out must have come at a strike rate of around 200.

In reply Whitminster set out in steady fashion, marginally below the required rate, but wickets were proving hard to come by. Your correspondent missed a sharp stumping chance off Hodor (who had unfortunately started to celebrate). Tom Wallis had opened and bowled a good tidy spell, with Hodor probing at the other end. Replacing Hodor with Alan Chivers finally brought the breakthrough, bowling the Whitminster captain for 33. Two more wickets followed swiftly, one more for Al and one for Dicko, before another stand was put together. It fell to Richard to break this partnership, with a well thought out leg side full toss (or rank bad ball, depending on your point of view), leading to a well snaffled catch by Willsy at midwicket. Whitminster now subsided swiftly, and Richard picked up three more wickets, only two of which were rabbits. George had been brought on for a spell of five tidy overs and picked up a wicket, and Tom came back on to claim the last two, leaving Whitminster’s Lovegrove isolated on 27.

So once again Marshfield have shown that if runs can be put on the board, scoreboard pressure gets wickets. It may not be a coincidence that the only time the 3rds have failed to post a decent total came when chasing a target. It has also helped that every week someone has put their hand up and scored significant runs.

Some very good performances all round – Richard coming very close to getting his first 5 for the club, Tom very tidy with 9-0-27-2. Mom goes to George for his well-crafted 86 not out and 5-0-12-1.

I cannot end this without some mention of Martin Roper’s socks. Take a look at the picture and decide – should they ever be seen on the cricket pitch again?

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Tim Woodman

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Fixture Details

Type : League: Stroud & District Cricket Association Martin Berrill Division Two - 2016 Date : Saturday 16th July 2016
Toss: Whitminster CC - 2nd XI won the toss and elected to field Start Time: 01:30
Ground: Tormarton CC Rules Type: Standard

Highlights :

George Pollit, 86*, Richard Guy 7-0-29-4 J Hyland, 40

Result Summary

Result:    Marshfield CC - 3rd XI - Won by 30 runs
  Marshfield CC - 3rd XIWhitminster CC - 2nd XI
Score 176 for 6 (40 overs) 'b' 146 for 10 (37 overs) 't'
Game Points 10 0
Penalty Points 0 0
Batting Points 4 2
Bowling Points 5 3
Total Points 19 5

Marshfield CC - 3rd XI

Batting

 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Richard Guy   ct & b Neil Lovegrove 9 1 0 0
2 Andy Wills   b  Neil Lovegrove 0 0 0 0
3 George Pollitt not out   86 7 1 0
4 Mark Dixon st Jim Hyland b  Alun Davies 24 3 0 0
5 Terry Bishop ct Alex Dawber b  Alun Davies 12 1 0 0
6 Martin Roper   b  Sam Haddock 0 0 0 0
7 Tim Woodman   b  Sam Haddock 4 0 0 0
8 Gary Hodder not out   24 3 1 0
9 Andrew Pierce* did not bat          
10 Tom Wallis did not bat          
11 Alan Chivers did not bat          
Extras       b (5), lb (4), w (6), nb (2) 17  
Total 176  
Wickets 6  
Overs 40  

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

2-1 Andy Wills (Richard Guy-0*); 20-2 Richard Guy (George Pollitt-6*); 89-3 Mark Dixon (George Pollitt-48*); 118-4 Terry Bishop (George Pollitt-61*); 121-5 Martin Roper (George Pollitt-63*); 138-6 Tim Woodman (George Pollitt-72*); 
 

* = not out batsman

Bowling

  BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 Sam Haddock 10 2 43 2 0 0
2 Neil Lovegrove 10 3 34 2 0 0
3 Neil Williams 10 1 35 0 0 0
4 Alun Davies 10 0 55 2 0 0
  Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 9 0
  Total 40 6 176 6 0 0

Whitminster CC - 2nd XI

Batting

 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Alex Dawber*   b  Alan Chivers 33 0 0 0
2 Jim Hyland lbw b  Richard Guy 40 0 0 0
3 Jack Price ct Martin Roper b  Alan Chivers 0 0 0 0
4 Brian Haddock ct Tom Wallis b  Mark Dixon 0 0 0 0
5 Neil Williams ct Andy Wills b  Richard Guy 33 0 0 0
6 Neil Lovegrove not out   27 0 0 0
7 Nick Louth   b  Richard Guy 0 0 0 0
8 Unsure   b  George Pollitt 1 0 0 0
9 Sam Haddock   b  Richard Guy 0 0 0 0
10 Alun Davies   b  Tom Wallis 1 0 0 0
11 Joe McGill   b  Tom Wallis 1 0 0 0
Extras       b (5), w (4), nb (1) 10  
Total 146  
Wickets all out  
Overs 37  

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

 

* = not out batsman

Bowling

  BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 Tom Wallis 9 0 27 2 0 0
2 Gary Hodder 4 0 19 0 0 0
3 Alan Chivers 7 0 26 2 0 0
4 Mark Dixon 5 1 27 1 0 0
5 Richard Guy 7 0 29 4 0 0
6 George Pollitt 5 0 12 1 0 0
  Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 5 0
  Total 37 1 145 10 0 0

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