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Marshfield thrash Stroud after skipper Guy’s brilliant six wicket haul

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Marshfield 3rd’s returned to winning ways with a thumping win over Stroud 4th’s on a marvellously sunny summer day. Following two weeks without Dicko, which saw a demob happy ex skipper Pierce step down for a well‑earned retirement watching Bath City and two defeats, the team that arrived at a well appointed, if somewhat afflicted by road noise, Stroud CC looked strong on paper. Even better news was presented by the opposition, who could only field ten players, five of whom looked to have been born after the Millennium Dome was built. Winning the toss, Richard had no hesitation in batting in order to fill his boots as much as possible (surely “provide a solid platform for team” – Ed) against the either ageing or youthful opposition bowlers.

Opening with Willsy, both openers started at a pace and the score rattled along against some erratic deliveries until Richard pulled a low full toss to backward point. He trudged wistfully off, dreams of another ton fading away. This brought George to the crease and he continued in the same manner as his previous 3rd XI innings – a mixture of lovely stroke-play, some powerful hits and some truly awful running (see previous reports). After Willsy had departed for a breezy 28, George was joined by Martin Roper, and at one stage Martin ran a three, for no actual runs on the board…

Runs continued to come at a pace, with drinks taken with the score well over the 100. Martin added 11 in a stand of 55, which shows how well George was farming the strike. After Martin missed a viciously swerving delivery (surely ‘gentle inswinger’ – Ed), Uncle Gary arrived. After some cracking including 4 fours he was dismissed for 23. Terry added a useful 11, and was at the crease when George reached his maiden century – a marvellous moment for him, and very sensible of him to get out shortly afterwards to ensure he has an average for the 3rd’s. Dicko was joined by a slightly grumpy correspondent for the final four balls, and managed to contrive a run out to wreck my average…

And so the final tally was 257 for 7, a super effort even if the fast outfield, only ten fielders, and youthful make-up of the side are taken into account.

Stroud started their innings in a most circumspect fashion, and worked their way to 35 before Gary finally managed to find the suspicious looking patch on the wicket, around 18 inches outside off, that diverted the ball on to the off stump. After not turning one all day, he then claimed this as a ‘cobra’. Your correspondent is not convinced. Poor Dicko. Labouring away manfully with good line and length, his first overs passed wicketless and he was replaced by George, fresh from his batting heroics. His slightly jerky approach to the crease notwithstanding, he injected some decent pace on the ball and with some inconsistent bounce had the batsmen worried and the slips excited. Eventually he induced a nick, and the easy chance was taken by the keeper.

Chris Ruddell had replaced Hodor, and bowled an excellent probing spell. He could easily have had more than his one wicket if some of the aerial shots had gone to hand.

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Stroud had continued steadily and reached 97 before the third wicket fell, but there was always a sense that a collapse could soon follow, and so it proved. Richard brought himself on to try his gentle seamers, and suddenly all hell broke loose. Richard somehow managed to take six wickets, in six overs, including a sharp low catch held by Hodor at short cover, a snick behind to the keeper, a lobbed caught and bowled, a bowled, an lbw and at the last, a stumping of some poor old gent who was only making up the numbers. During this mayhem, a shameful incident occurred, with the luckless Dicko, brought back after Chris had been bowled out, induced a skier to the off side, very near to the skipper himself. Claiming that the sun was in his eyes, no attempt was made to take the catch, leaving Dicko to wonder if the Prof was hoping to snare the rabbit himself, which he duly did. Others merely concluded that this behaviour comes with the territory of being 3rd XI skipper, as previous incumbents have also shown a degree of reluctance to actually attempt to catch the ball…

So in the end Stroud exhibited a collapse worthy of Marshfield themselves, sinking from 97-2 to 124-9 (all out). Richard extended his lead in the bowling stakes, but at least George’s magnificent century gives some hope that the Prof won’t win both batting and bowling awards this season.

MoM goes to George for his maiden century with honourable mentions for Richard, with his first 5 wicket haul for the club and once again taking two in two balls at the close.

Some text has been redacted to spare innocent readers, and to try and curb excessive smugness…EDITOR

Tim Woodman

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Fixture Details

Type : League: Stroud & District Cricket Association Martin Berrill Division Two - 2016 Date : Saturday 13th August 2016
Toss: Marshfield CC - 3rd XI won the toss and elected to bat Start Time: 01:30
Ground: Stroud Cricket Club Rules Type: Standard

Highlights :

George Pollit 110, Richard Guy 6-2-12-6

Result Summary

Result:    Marshfield CC - 3rd XI - Won by 133 runs
  Stroud CC - 4th XIMarshfield CC - 3rd XI
Score 124 all out (35 overs) 257 for 7 (40 overs) 'b' 't'
Game Points 0 10
Penalty Points 0 0
Batting Points 1 5
Bowling Points 3 5
Total Points 4 20

Marshfield CC - 3rd XI

Batting

 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Richard Guy* ct Dave Watson b  Steve Cole 21 3 0 0
2 Andy Wills lbw b  Steve Cole 28 4 0 0
3 George Pollitt   b  Max Gomer 110 14 1 0
4 Martin Roper   b  Dave Watson 11 1 0 0
5 Gary Hodder ct Dave Watson b  Fergus Watson 23 4 0 0
6 Terry Bishop ct Matt Cole b  John Gomer 11 1 0 0
7 Mark Dixon not out   5 1 0 0
8 Tim Woodman run out (Steve Cole)   0 0 0 0
9 Chris Ruddell not out   0 0 0 0
10 Mike Threadgill did not bat          
11 Charles Harris did not bat          
Extras       b (27), lb (9), w (10), nb (2) 48  
Total 257  
Wickets 7  
Overs 40  

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

47-1 Richard Guy (Andy Wills-16*); 76-2 Andy Wills (George Pollitt-11*); 131-3 Martin Roper (George Pollitt-47*); 200-4 Gary Hodder (George Pollitt-82*); 246-5 Terry Bishop (George Pollitt-105*); 251-6 George Pollitt (Mark Dixon-0*); 253-7 Tim Woodman (Mark Dixon-1*); 
 

* = not out batsman

Bowling

  BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 Steve Cole 10 0 53 2 0 0
2 John Gomer 8 0 52 1 0 0
3 Rick Carman 5 0 23 0 0 0
4 Matt Cole 5 0 30 0 0 0
5 Dave Watson 6 0 41 1 0 0
6 Fergus Watson 4 1 9 1 0 0
7 Max Gomer 2 0 18 1 0 0
  Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 36 1
  Total 40 1 262 7 0 0

Stroud CC - 4th XI

Batting

 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Dave Watson ct Tim Woodman b  George Pollitt 22 3 0 0
2 Steve Cole   b  Gary Hodder 16 3 0 0
3 Matt Cole lbw b  Richard Guy 30 3 0 0
4 John Gomer lbw b  Chris Ruddell 20 3 0 0
5 Rick Carman* ct Tim Woodman b  Richard Guy 0 0 0 0
6 Fergus Watson ct Gary Hodder b  Richard Guy 0 0 0 0
7 J Shilton   ct & b Richard Guy 2 0 0 0
8 Cameron Lowe   b  Richard Guy 8 1 0 0
9 Max Gomer not out   7 0 0 0
10 Terry Gardiner st Tim Woodman b  Richard Guy 0 0 0 0
Extras       b (6), lb (5), w (6), nb (2) 19  
Total 124  
Wickets all out  
Overs 35  

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

35-1 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 46-2 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 97-3 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 99-4 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 100-5 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 102-6 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 107-7 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 124-8 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 124-9 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 
 

* = not out batsman

Bowling

  BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 Mark Dixon 7 2 15 0 0 0
2 Gary Hodder 5 0 26 1 0 0
3 George Pollitt 7 1 22 1 0 0
4 Chris Ruddell 10 1 38 1 0 0
5 Richard Guy 6 2 12 6 0 0
  Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 11 0
  Total 35 6 124 9 0 0

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