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3rdXI Swap 2nd Place With Cam with A Belting Victory

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Another week, another routine win for the 3rd’s, restricting Cam CC to 141 for 9 and knocking of the runs in 34.3 overs, with 7 wickets in hand.

Yet again the skipper failed to win the toss, and the Cam captain had no hesitation in opting to bat. So for only the second time this year, the 3rd’s would be chasing a target down, and perhaps subject to some scoreboard pressure. Marshfield started fairly brightly with Ollie Kinsey bowling with the wind, and Al Chivers in to it. Al proved to be miserly, and finished with 6-3-9-1 after removing one of the openers, with Ollie picking up the other. Dicko came on for a tiring Ollie and bowled his 10 overs straight through, but could only claim one wicket. Meanwhile, distant gunshots suggested rabbits were being dispatched elsewhere, much to Dicko’s chagrin. Cam were batting steadily, but the rate of around 3 to 3.5 per over was not threatening.

Pat Young formed the mainstay of the total with a well put together 57. Al had been succeeded by Hodor, who found the windy conditions a touch trying, and struggled to get the ball to reach the batsmen. He finished four overs wicket less and was banished to wander around almost all conceivable fielding positions for the rest of the innings – of which more later. Will Christie now tried, and produced some good stuff among some not so good going for 30 off 5. Finally the skipper turned to golden balls (aka Princess) George Pollitt, and he did not disappoint. Suddenly wickets were falling with rapidity, the old classic tactics of fast, full and straight deliveries for tail-enders proving once more to be right. In no time at all he had taken 5 for 13, a remarkable haul in just 5 overs.

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It should be reported that the fielding display by Marshfield was at times shambolic. The mechanics of chasing, throwing, stopping were not the problem, rather too many players were unable to cope with a left hand/right hand batsman combination. Is it that hard to remember two positions? Perhaps. The skipper was heard muttering darkly about GPS, or possibly some of that foam spray the refs in football use. Who knows, but perhaps next year’s pre-season will include navigation alongside fitness (all too many) and how to run between the wickets. It was also notable that all nine wickets were bowled. A couple of chances were dropped, but in the main almost all aerial shots fell wide of fielders.

In the end 141 for 9 was a decent effort, and certainly below par for what the 3rd’s have posted this year, but in almost every occasion the runs have been compiled batting first.

A fine tea (thanks Sandra) followed and then the chase. Willsy and Hodor opened with Willsy posting a rapid 13 before departing caught. This brought George to the scene of last week’s excellent innings, and in company with Uncle Gary the game assumed an air of tranquillity, as the runs gradually accumulated. Drinks were taken with one wicket down and about half the required runs on the board. As the pair closed in on the target the scoring accelerated, with both batsmen sending the ball over the ropes. Just as it looked like a nine wicket win was coming Charles Harris took off his pads (from his mid-game practice) and caused Gary to lose his wicket for an excellent 55. Will, batting at four, failed to trouble the scorers (odd phrase, always annoyed me as you still have to right down all the details…) and it seemed as though the unthinkable might happen. Dark comments ‘we’ve lost from here before’ etc and jangling nerves, not least your correspondent who’d been forced to don pads. Dicko, though, calmed the ship and ensure George got the strike, and he ended things with another mighty blow on 57 not out.

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So a very accomplished win which sees Marshfield rise to second place in the league at the expense of Cam, and very much in the promotion frame.

MoM again goes to George for both runs and wickets, with honourable mentions for Gary (batting) and Ollie and AL (bowling). No-one emerged from the fielding with any credit, and the least said the better…

Tim Woodman

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Fixture Details

Type : League: Stroud & District Cricket Association Martin Berrill Division Two - 2016 Date : Saturday 23rd July 2016
Toss: Cam CC - 4th XI won the toss and elected to bat Start Time: 01:30
Ground: Tormarton CC Rules Type: Standard

Highlights :

Marshfield: George Pollitt 5-1-13-5 & 57 not out, Gary Hodder 55 Cam: P Young 57

Result Summary

Result:    Marshfield CC - 3rd XI - Won by 7 wickets
  Marshfield CC - 3rd XICam CC - 4th XI
Score 142 for 3 (34.3 overs) 141 for 9 (40 overs) 'b' 't'
Game Points 10 0
Penalty Points 0 0
Batting Points 5 2
Bowling Points 4 1
Total Points 19 3

Cam CC - 4th XI

Batting

 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Matt Webb   b  Alan Chivers 10 0 0 0
2 A Bradford   b  Oliver Kinsey 2 0 0 0
3 Steve Collard   b  Mark Dixon 11 0 0 0
4 Pat Young   b  George Pollitt 57 0 0 0
5 Gordon Carey*   b  George Pollitt 18 0 0 0
6 Sam Carey   b  George Pollitt 4 0 0 0
7 Matt Young   b  Oliver Kinsey 1 0 0 0
8 Rob Harold not out   16 0 0 0
9 John Priestley   b  George Pollitt 0 0 0 0
10 Jonny Hayward   b  George Pollitt 0 0 0 0
11 Unsure not out   1 0 0 0
Extras       b (5), lb (3), w (9), nb (1) 18  
Total 141  
Wickets 9  
Overs 40  

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

 

* = not out batsman

Bowling

  BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 Oliver Kinsey 10 0 30 2 0 0
2 Alan Chivers 6 3 9 1 0 0
3 Mark Dixon 10 2 29 1 0 0
4 Gary Hodder 4 1 20 0 0 0
5 Will Christie 5 0 30 0 0 0
6 George Pollitt 5 1 13 5 0 0
  Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 8 0
  Total 40 7 139 9 0 0

Marshfield CC - 3rd XI

Batting

 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Andy Wills ct Matt Young b  Jonny Hayward 13 2 0 0
2 Gary Hodder ct Sam Carey b  Matt Young 55 6 1 0
3 George Pollitt not out   57 5 2 0
4 Will Christie ct Jonny Hayward b  Matt Young 0 0 0 0
5 Mark Dixon not out   1 0 0 0
6 Tim Woodman did not bat          
7 Terry Bishop did not bat          
8 Andrew Pierce* did not bat          
9 Charles Harris did not bat          
10 Alan Chivers did not bat          
11 Oliver Kinsey did not bat          
Extras       b (4), lb (3), w (3), nb (6) 16  
Total 142  
Wickets 3  
Overs 34.3  

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

28-1 Andy Wills (Gary Hodder-10*); 132-2 Gary Hodder (George Pollitt-49*); 133-3 Will Christie (George Pollitt-50*); 
 

* = not out batsman

Bowling

  BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 Jonny Hayward 8 1 23 1 0 0
2 Rob Harold 10 3 29 0 0 0
3 John Priestley 8 0 51 0 0 0
4 Matt Young 8.3 2 32 2 0 0
  Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 7 0
  Total 34.3 6 142 3 0 0
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