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The reporter’s curse strikes 2nd’s and 3rd’s in successive weeks!

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Two Saturday’s ago, your intrepid correspondent was dispatched to the wilds of Great Bedwyn as part of an otherwise strong-looking 2nd XI, which had been seriously flirting with the upper reaches of the WCCL Division 7 in recent weeks. After an uneventful journey, 9 of us were present and correct when the Skipper won the toss and decide to field (go figure). No big deal for our young and frisky team members, of course, but GB is quite a big ground for ball chasing by the older generation. And chase we did, as our opening overs scattered wides like gunshot from a blunderbuss. Once the Captain had seen enough and called Chopper Snr. and G&T to restore order, our two tardy colleagues had arrived in time to witness some more accurate bowling and the removal of 4 opposition wickets – two excellent spells with Chops snaffling 3-30 in his 9 overs.

Another decent spell was to follow from Lord Creed of Lateshire but other members of our attack were in much more charitable mode by now, allowing GB to get back into the game and keeping the scoreboard ticking over even when the batsmen were not. By the end of 45, the opposition score had reached a difficult-to-believe 234-7, a remarkable total given that their top scorer only made 31… that is, unless you count extras (3 leg-byes, 10 byes and – wait for it – 44 wides) who had to buy a jug.

After tea, the MCC innings got off to a solid start once our number 2 had suffered his annual ignominy and comprehensively failed for the 4th year in a row at this delightful (sic) venue. Los hermanos Hijo-de-que? took the score serenely to 72 when an in-form Matt decided to give Chopper a go with the bat and surrendered his wicket to an unsightly smear. Progress continued without undue bother and Dan soon passed 50 and all seemed quite comfortable until the overs reached the 30s when the GB bowlers had an attack of discipline and the scoring rate slowed down. By now, Dan had recorded a nicely-crafted ton but, in an effort to catch up with the run rate, he perished with the score on 204. Within a blink of an eye, 204-3 became 205-5, with Chopper out for 42 and JC run out by a direct hit from long on. Despite frantic efforts from the Skip, VC and G&T, the target became gradually more distant and, in short order, our 45 were done and dusted and we wound up 16 runs short at 218-8.

Difficult to comprehend how we lost this one as even the opposition would agree, I believe, that man-for-man we were comfortably the better side. I suppose one could say that technically we actually scored a total of 262 runs on the day to GB’s 190… unfortunately, our 44 wides were in their column rather than ours. As it was, we trudged back to Marshfield shaking our heads in disbelief at losing a game that we should have won at a canter and waking up the next day to find ourselves solidly mid-table.

Fixture Details

Type : League: WCCL Div 7 - 2016 Date : Saturday 30th July 2016
Toss: Marshfield CC - 2nd XI won the toss Start Time: 13:00
Ground: Great Bedwyn CC Rules Type: Standard

Highlights :

D. Watson 110

Result Summary

Result:    Great Bedwyn CC - 2nd XI - Won by 3 wickets
  Great Bedwyn CC - 2nd XIMarshfield CC - 2nd XI
Score 234 for 7 (45 overs) 218 for 8 (45 overs) 't'
Game Points 0 0
Total Points 0 0

Great Bedwyn CC - 2nd XI

Batting

 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Phil Cheese ct Colin Sinkins b  Graham Tanner 18 0 0 0
2 Thomas Stone   b  Alastair Christie 31 0 0 0
3 Akhil Malhotra   b  Charlie Chivers 28 0 0 0
4 Jamie Robinson   b  Alastair Christie 1 0 0 0
5 Jack Smith ct Matt Watson b  Alastair Christie 12 0 0 0
6 Richard Lauder ct Daniel Watson b  Jim Creed 30 0 0 0
7 George Stone*† ct Hussain Saeed b  Will Christie 23 0 0 0
8 Robert Lovejoy not out   20 0 0 0
9 Sean Palmer not out   14 0 0 0
10 Nathan Cox did not bat          
11 James Nash did not bat          
Extras       b (10), lb (3), w (44) 57  
Total 234  
Wickets 7  
Overs 45  

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

 

* = not out batsman

Bowling

  BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 Rob Iles 5 1 26 0 0 0
2 Hussain Saeed 3 0 27 0 0 0
3 Alastair Christie 9 1 30 3 0 0
4 Graham Tanner 8 0 34 1 0 0
5 Charlie Chivers 5 0 38 1 0 0
6 Jim Creed 9 1 27 1 0 0
7 Matt Watson 3 0 14 0 0 0
8 Will Christie 3 0 17 1 0 0
  Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 13 0
  Total 45 3 226 7 0 0

Marshfield CC - 2nd XI

Batting

 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Daniel Watson ct Phil Cheese b  Richard Lauder 110 14 2 0
2 Richard Guy ct George Stone b  Thomas Stone 5 0 0 0
3 Matt Watson st George Stone b  Jack Smith 28 5 0 0
4 Alastair Christie ct Phil Cheese b  Jamie Robinson 42 2 0 0
5 Colin Sinkins*† ct George Stone b  Jamie Robinson 3 0 0 0
6 Jim Creed run out (Unsure)   1 0 0 0
7 Rob Iles not out   3 0 0 0
8 Graham Tanner ct Jack Smith b  Richard Lauder 5 1 0 0
9 Hussain Saeed run out (Jack Smith)   1 0 0 0
10 Charlie Chivers not out   1 0 0 0
11 Will Christie did not bat          
Extras       lb (1), w (17), nb (1) 19  
Total 218  
Wickets 8  
Overs 45  

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

21-1 Richard Guy (Daniel Watson-13*); 72-2 Matt Watson (Daniel Watson-31*); 204-3 Daniel Watson (Alastair Christie-42*); 205-4 Alastair Christie (Colin Sinkins-1*); 205-5 Jim Creed (Colin Sinkins-1*); 209-6 Colin Sinkins (Rob Iles-2*); 
 

* = not out batsman

Bowling

  BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 Sean Palmer 9 3 32 0 0 0
2 Thomas Stone 9 0 39 1 0 0
3 Jack Smith 9 1 37 1 0 0
4 Jamie Robinson 9 0 41 2 0 0
5 Nathan Cox 3 0 36 0 0 0
6 Richard Lauder 6 0 31 2 0 0
  Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 1 2
  Total 45 4 217 8 0 0

Seven days later, my journalistic assignment found me at Tormarton, unsurprisingly back in the 3rd XI. The opponents were Chalford 2nd’s, the current league leaders, who won the toss and chose to bat. Simon Taylor and Nicola Rouse opened the bowling tidily but it wasn’t until Chris Ruddell took over with his proper off-breaks that a breakthrough was achieved. In fairly short order, he induced the oppo numbers 1 through 3 to play injudicious shots across the line and we found ourselves in a much better situation than anticipated when drinks were taken. Simon finished 10 steady overs with 1-31, and soon thereafter Chris completed his spell with an excellent 4-23. The remaining overs were mopped up somewhat more expensively by the unlikely combination of Captain and Vice-Captain but, when the Chalford innings closed, the target set was a relatively modest 155. A quite respectable performance in the field, then, all things considered, although only one of the 8 wickets to fall was caught (TB cleverly using the space between wicket-keeper pad and his leg to make sure that his hands were not involved in any way with the dismissal).

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After Piercy’s generous tea, we set about the run chase but never really threatened to win the game, hobbling to 105-9 off our allotted 40 overs. Only one individual reached double figures and no partnership of any size was ever established. A great shame as the bowling was not particularly probing and it would not have needed much in the way of a stand or two to acquire the 50 runs that eventually separated us from the opposition. The result leaves us in mid-table obscurity but – on the plus side – we now have 4 games against teams below us in the league to finish the season in style. The Captain obviously has great faith in our ability as he is now unavailable for the rest of the season for medical reasons. Either that or he can’t stand the thought of controlling the returning Dicko in our next match and has left that large, hot potato squarely in my lap.


Postscript: Special thanks to Chris Grubb who filled our 11th spot in the team at very late notice and proved an impenetrable fielder and resolute bat (7 not out at the death). Also, congratulations to Don Carlos Harris whose score of 4 was a personal league best! Onward and upward, old boy!


Richard Guy

Fixture Details

Type : League: Stroud & District Cricket Association Martin Berrill Division Two - 2016 Date : Saturday 6th August 2016
Toss: Chalford CC - 2nd XI won the toss and elected to bat Start Time: 01:30
Ground: Tormarton CC Rules Type: Standard

Highlights :

Chalford: J.Stocks 34, A.Mills 3-12, P. Bovey 3-32 Marshfield: R.Guy 59, C.Ruddell 4-23

Result Summary

Result:    Chalford CC - 2nd XI - Won by 49 runs
  Marshfield CC - 3rd XIChalford CC - 2nd XI
Score 105 for 9 (40 overs) 154 for 8 (40 overs) 'b' 't'
Game Points 0 10
Penalty Points 0 0
Batting Points 1 3
Bowling Points 4 4
Total Points 5 17

Chalford CC - 2nd XI

Batting

 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Ashley Townsend   b  Chris Ruddell 16 0 0 0
2 Neil Holbrow   b  Chris Ruddell 28 2 0 0
3 Pete Bovey* lbw b  Chris Ruddell 10 1 0 0
4 Gordon Winder   b  Simon Taylor 1 0 0 0
5 Callum Davis   b  Chris Ruddell 27 3 0 0
6 Martin Webster ct Terry Bishop b  Andrew Pierce 12 0 0 0
7 Jody Stocks   b  Richard Guy 34 1 2 0
8 Keith Williams not out   13 1 0 0
9 G Wilson   b  Richard Guy 0 0 0 0
10 Paul Ind did not bat          
11 Andy Mills did not bat          
Extras       b (1), lb (3), w (7), nb (2) 13  
Total 154  
Wickets 8  
Overs 40  

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

 

* = not out batsman

Bowling

  BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 Simon Taylor 10 1 31 1 0 0
2 Nicola Rouse 4 0 21 0 0 0
3 Chris Ruddell 10 0 23 4 0 0
4 Andrew Pierce 10 0 41 1 0 0
5 Richard Guy 6 0 35 2 0 0
  Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 4 0
  Total 40 1 155 8 0 0

Marshfield CC - 3rd XI

Batting

 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Richard Guy ct G Wilson b  Paul Ind 59 6 0 0
2 Andy Wills   b  Andy Mills 4 0 0 0
3 Sam Burnstone   b  Pete Bovey 9 0 0 0
4 Simon Taylor   b  Pete Bovey 5 1 0 0
5 Chris Ruddell ct Neil Holbrow b  Andy Mills 3 0 0 0
6 Andrew Pierce*   b  Paul Ind 5 0 0 0
7 Terry Bishop   b  Andy Mills 0 0 0 0
8 Charles Harris ct Martin Webster b  Pete Bovey 4 0 0 0
9 Chris Grubb not out   7 0 0 0
10 Sandra Rouse run out (Callum Davis)   1 0 0 0
11 Nicola Rouse not out   0 0 0 0
Extras       lb (1), w (7) 8  
Total 105  
Wickets 9  
Overs 40  

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

 

* = not out batsman

Bowling

  BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 Gordon Winder 7 2 19 0 0 0
2 Andy Mills 10 2 12 3 0 0
3 Paul Ind 7 2 20 2 0 0
4 Pete Bovey 10 1 32 3 0 0
5 Keith Williams 4 1 10 0 0 0
6 Martin Webster 2 0 4 0 0 0
  Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 1 1
  Total 40 8 98 9 0 0

Chris Grubb took some excellent photos, click on the thumbnail for a larger picture...

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