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One L-L-L of a Start for the 2nd XI

April 30: Friendly V Purton

xanderpitchers

So far this season, the 2nd XI have made three forays onto the field but have not, as yet, registered a W.

The first attempt was billed as a 2nd/3rd XI friendly against Purton’s 2nd XI. The Marshfield side, with the exception of new, Aussie recruit, Nic Badings, was as stated on the tin and included the 2016 2nd XI skipper and vice-captain, three former 3rd XI leaders, and a reasonable mix of 2nd/3rd XI “hoverers”. The oppo, in contrast, rolled up well before the appointed hour, all dressed in their smart club kit, and then proceeded to warm up under their coach’s eagle eye in a disturbingly professional manner. It turned out that 9 of Purton’s team were card-carrying 1st XI members, including their new overseas player who has opened the batting for the Namibia international side.

Having negotiated the toss so that we were in the field, the aforementioned batsman proceeded to clobber a century in about an hour at the crease (11x4, 7x6) before our shivering overseas player (it was a tad chilly to be fair) finally induced a false shot and Simon Taylor took a smart low catch at backward square. By this time, MCC Captain Sinkins had run through most of the recognised bowlers on our side, all of whom had suffered substantial indignities at the hands the Purton no. 1. As I recall, Rob Iles beat his bat once and that was about it. Little relief was forthcoming, however, as the second and third oppo batters also passed 50 rapidly and then retired to let in number 4, who only made it into the 40s before Colin neatly stumped him off new member, Tom Wallis.

At the end of 40 overs, Purton had amassed 336 and only two batsmen had been dismissed. The bowling had not been bad, and morale had been kept up, but the stroke play was so brutal that quite a bit of time was spent retrieving the ball from the adjacent fields around Broadleys. MCC’s reply was led off by Nic B and your correspondent and, unsurprisingly, Purton’s bowling and fielding did not allow any liberties to be taken. Still, 30 was comfortably passed before Nic played over the only ball of the day to keep seriously low and was bowled. Ilo at 3 pummelled a boundary and then pummelled a subsequent long hop straight at Mr Namibia at short extra and he didn’t drop it. Colin then came in and some steady progress to about 120 was made until it was decided to show the oppo that we could retire out our batsmen as well and, more importantly, give the rest of the MCC players a chance in the middle. This cavalier behaviour seemed not to impress the Purton lads (who, by now, were cold and ready for a beer) and the MCC innings folded at 148 with Gary Hodor (Hodor!) being the only one of our last 7 to reach double figures (in just two decent blows, it must be said). Defeat by 188 runs, then, with neither side in the end really achieving the hoped-for, competitive preparation for the upcoming season.

Fixture Details

Type : Friendly Date : Saturday 30th April 2016
Toss: Purton CC - 2nd XI won the toss and elected to bat Start Time: 13:30
Ground: Broadleys Rules Type: Standard

Highlights :

Xander Pitchers 104

Result Summary

Result:    Purton CC - 2nd XI - Won by 188 runs
  Marshfield CC - 2nd XIPurton CC - 2nd XI
Score 148 for 10 (35.4 overs) 336 for 4 (40 overs) 'b' 't'

Purton CC - 2nd XI

Batting

 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Xander Pitchers ct Simon Taylor b  Nic Badings 104 11 7 0
2 Sam Shelford retired out   71 9 2 0
3 Tom Bowler retired out   66 8 2 0
4 Tom Whittaker st Colin Sinkins b  Tom Wallis 43 4 2 0
5 Deepak Ramani not out   22 2 0 0
6 Neil Little not out   14 0 1 0
7 Aaron Lee* did not bat          
8 Adam Woolford did not bat          
9 Alex Duffell did not bat          
10 Samuel Bull did not bat          
11 Unsure did not bat          
Extras       b (5), lb (3), w (2), nb (6) 16  
Total 336  
Wickets 4  
Overs 40  

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

153-1 Xander Pitchers (Sam Shelford-47*); 312-4 Tom Whittaker (Deepak Ramani-13*); 
 

* = not out batsman

Bowling

  BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 Rob Iles 5 0 33 0 1 0
2 Simon Taylor 6 0 54 0 0 0
3 Tom Wallis 6 0 56 1 0 0
4 Gary Hodder 5 0 42 0 0 0
5 Nic Badings 6 0 43 1 0 0
6 Mark Dixon 4 0 37 0 0 4
7 Oliver Kinsey 5 0 39 0 0 1
8 Lee Flindall 3 0 24 0 1 1
  Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 8 2
  Total 40 0 336 4 2 6

Marshfield CC - 2nd XI

Batting

 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Richard Guy retired out   55 7 0 0
2 Nic Badings   b  Tom Whittaker 10 2 0 0
3 Rob Iles ct Xander Pitchers b  Alex Duffell 6 1 0 0
4 Colin Sinkins*† ct Aaron Lee b  Alex Duffell 43 9 0 0
5 Andy Elliott ct Tom Whittaker b  Tom Bowler 2 0 0 0
6 Lee Flindall ct Adam Woolford b  Xander Pitchers 4 1 0 0
7 Simon Taylor   b  Xander Pitchers 0 0 0 0
8 Gary Hodder ct Aaron Lee b  Tom Bowler 10 1 1 0
9 Tom Wallis not out   0 0 0 0
10 Mark Dixon st Samuel Bull b  Tom Bowler 2 0 0 0
11 Oliver Kinsey st Samuel Bull b  Tom Bowler 0 0 0 0
Extras       b (10), lb (2), w (3), nb (1) 16  
Total 148  
Wickets all out  
Overs 35.4  

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

32-1 Nic Badings (Richard Guy-19*); 48-2 Rob Iles (Richard Guy-28*); 120-3 Richard Guy (Colin Sinkins-37*); 129-4 Colin Sinkins (Andy Elliott-2*); 134-5 Lee Flindall (Andy Elliott-2*); 136-6 Andy Elliott (Simon Taylor-0*); 136-7 Simon Taylor (Gary Hodder-0*); 146-8 Gary Hodder (Tom Wallis-0*); 148-9 Mark Dixon (Tom Wallis-0*); 148-10 Oliver Kinsey (Tom Wallis-0*); 
 

* = not out batsman

Bowling

  BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 Aaron Lee 4 0 14 0 0 0
2 Tom Whittaker 7 2 23 1 2 0
3 Adam Woolford 6 1 17 0 1 0
4 Alex Duffell 8 0 45 2 0 0
5 Deepak Ramani 5 0 23 0 0 0
6 Xander Pitchers 3 2 1 2 0 0
7 Tom Bowler 2.4 0 14 4 0 0
  Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 12 1
  Total 35.4 5 149 10 3 0

Match Officials

Umpires Mike Threadgill
Scorers  
May 7: League Away V Malmesbury

hodor

The 2nd XI’s opening league fixture was away at the picturesque ground of Malmesbury. Due to his pole-dancing commitments, Colin was absent leaving Ilo in charge for the day and your correspondent “keeping wicket” (technically, at least, as I did have the gloves and pads on). Plenty of bowling in the side and the vice-skip rotated his way through 7 options in the course of the Malmesbury innings. The latter was all ebb and flow, with periods in which bat, then ball, and then bat again dominated the proceedings. With a couple of difficult chances going down, the opening stand was beginning to threaten when Ollie made the breakthrough. Then Hodor bamboozled the other opener and G&T grabbed another wicket. Chalky had also bowled a tight spell, as well as fielding like a man possessed at cover point. The oppo skipper by now, however, was looking threatening but Graham dealt with him too and, when Ilo came back and removed Malmesbury’s no. 6 cheaply (well held by Junior Chopper), the balance was in our favour. Regrettably, the screw could not be tightened and an obdurate partnership, that was finally broken by the returning Hodor, had made sure that our target was over 200 when the 45 overs were complete.

The MCC openers got off to a slow start while attempting not to chase a number of wide deliveries. Jenks then perished to a blinder of a left-hand catch at slip, bringing Glenn Parry to the wicket. Gradually a partnership developed and the run rate had reached a decent 4 per over when both batsmen were out in two balls with the score on 78. Ilo and Hodor retrenched, taking the score to 114, when both were dismissed, leaving Simon T and the legend that is James Creed to rebuild once again. This they did with ever-increasing confidence until the former was caught behind leaving us at 162-6, but more-or-less up with the run rate. Chalky came and went but G&T played a valuable second fiddle to the maestro’s increasing belligerence. Sadly, however, at 185, Jim missed a straight full toss and was out for an excellent 47. Junior Chops and G&T edged the score along to 198 before JC was out in the last over and Olly could not connect with the last couple of balls of the innings, leaving us frustratingly 8 runs short of the target. A far from disappointing performance, then, but so many moments come to mind where we could have shaved the oppo’s score by a few runs here and a few runs there. Losing crucial wickets, especially in clusters when one holds the upper hand, is not good practice.

Fixture Details

Type : League: WCCL Div 7 - 2016 Date : Saturday 7th May 2016
Toss:   Start Time: 13:00
Ground: Malmesbury cricket ground Rules Type: Standard

Highlights :

Nigel Mullarkey 51

Result Summary

Result:    Malmesbury CC - 2nd XI - Won by 8 runs
  Malmesbury CC - 2nd XIMarshfield CC - 2nd XI
Score 206 for 6 (45 overs) 'b' 198 for 9 (45 overs)
Game Points 0 0
Total Points 0 0

Malmesbury CC - 2nd XI

Batting

 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Stephen Jepson   b  Gary Hodder 37 6 0 0
2 Edward Shellard   b  Oliver Kinsey 21 3 0 0
3 Richard Mosdell*   b  Graham Tanner 37 6 0 0
4 James Tibenham   b  Graham Tanner 0 0 0 0
5 Nigel Mullarkey   b  Gary Hodder 51 9 0 0
6 Richard Mayo ct Will Christie b  Rob Iles 3 0 0 0
7 Harry Rogers not out   29 3 0 0
8 Fin Beldon not out   6 0 0 0
9 George Wadsworth did not bat          
10 John Williams did not bat          
11 Kyle Witt did not bat          
Extras       b (4), lb (4), w (14) 22  
Total 206  
Wickets 6  
Overs 45  

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

 

* = not out batsman

Bowling

  BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 Rob Iles 9 1 33 1 0 0
2 Simon Taylor 4 0 21 0 0 0
3 Ben White 6 2 23 0 0 0
4 Oliver Kinsey 4 0 21 1 0 0
5 Gary Hodder 9 1 31 2 0 0
6 Graham Tanner 9 0 43 2 0 0
7 Will Christie 4 0 28 0 0 0
  Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 8 0
  Total 45 4 208 6 0 0

Marshfield CC - 2nd XI

Batting

 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Andy Jenkins ct Edward Shellard b  Fin Beldon 6 1 0 0
2 Richard Guy lbw b  John Williams 32 3 0 0
3 Glenn Perry ct John Williams b  George Wadsworth 30 2 1 0
4 Rob Iles* ct Edward Shellard b  John Williams 19 1 0 0
5 Gary Hodder lbw b  Richard Mosdell 14 2 0 0
6 Simon Taylor ct Nigel Mullarkey b  Richard Mosdell 17 1 0 0
7 Jim Creed   b  Fin Beldon 47 6 0 0
8 Ben White   b  Richard Mosdell 1 0 0 0
9 Graham Tanner not out   9 1 0 0
10 Will Christie   b  Richard Mosdell 4 0 0 0
11 Oliver Kinsey not out   0 0 0 0
Extras       b (1), lb (6), w (12) 19  
Total 198  
Wickets 9  
Overs 45  

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

13-1 Andy Jenkins (Richard Guy-5*); 78-2 Glenn Perry (Richard Guy-32*); 78-3 Richard Guy (Rob Iles-0*); 114-4 Gary Hodder (Rob Iles-19*); 114-5 Rob Iles (Simon Taylor-0*); 162-6 Simon Taylor (Jim Creed-28*); 167-7 Ben White (Jim Creed-32*); 185-8 Jim Creed (Graham Tanner-1*); 198-9 Will Christie (Graham Tanner-9*); 
 

* = not out batsman

Bowling

  BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 Fin Beldon 9 1 26 2 0 0
2 Kyle Witt 9 0 52 0 0 0
3 George Wadsworth 8 0 43 1 0 0
4 John Williams 9 2 23 2 0 0
5 Richard Mosdell 9 0 41 4 0 0
6 Edward Shellard 1 0 7 0 0 0
  Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 7 0
  Total 45 3 199 9 0 0
May 14:League Home V Purton 2nd XI

Spearmint Rhino 1

Could this be turned around in the second league match of the season, coincidentally at home against Purton’s actual 2nd XI? Colin was back in charge and immediately lost the toss whereupon we were invited to bat. Opening with your correspondent, Jenks took immediate charge and dispatched anything loose for runs before he smote an inviting full toss from the Purton first-change to extra cover who snaffled the chance millimetres from the ground. Jenks out for a fine 37, 53-1. At this point, the other MCC opener woke up and with Ilo in at 3 another decent stand developed. However, on 99, Rob attempted to go aerial, which he did, but the ball unobligingly landed in the open hands of deep mid-off. In strode the Skip, with a clear plan to up the ante with some sharp running between the wickets and oblivious to his partner’s seniority (you wouldn’t try this with El Credo, would you?). Nonetheless, the strategy had the desired effect, the field was moved around, runs accumulated and the 150 was within spitting distance. Of course, there’s always collateral damage, in this case a tired swipe from your correspondent that resulted in his demise. Still, with 9 overs remaining, and 7 wickets in hand, getting to 200 seemed on the cards. Purton hadn’t read this script, however: Colin’s mind was still in Spearmint Rhino-land when he was bowled shortly thereafter and, despite a promising little stand between James C and a fluent-looking Ells, the innings went southwards and closed on a below-par score of 188-8 after 45 overs.

Following a generous tea, there remained an expectation that some tight bowling on a wicket that always seemed to offer a bit of help would give us a sporting chance of success. Ilo and Tom Lamb opened up and the former soon removed the oppo no.1 to a sharp low catch to the Creedissimo at short extra. The other opening bat had other ideas, no doubt buoyed by the big ton he made the previous week. To be fair, he did bat rather well and the stand for the 2nd wicket had reached 85 before Jim bowled the no. 3. Hope of a chink of light was short-lived, however, as the opener and new partner added a further 62 to the score before Chivers, Jr., bowling with some real verve, prised out the third Purton wicket at 172. Needless to say, it was not much longer before our total was overhauled and a 7 wicket defeat recorded. While the oppo enjoyed some luck along the way, they were helped by us offering too many bad balls which were summarily dispatched into the long grass. Insufficient pressure was ever applied and, as a result, the Purton batsmen never had to take any unnecessary risks in reaching their target. Ilo was so distraught by this state of affairs that, with Purton requiring a handful of runs to win, he chased a losing cause to the boundary and finished his unsuccessful slide-dive in the car park. Picking bits of gravel out of his body in the showers a few minutes later did at least raise our spirits a little for next week.

Fixture Details

Type : League: WCCL Div 7 - 2016 Date : Saturday 14th May 2016
Toss: Purton CC - 2nd XI won the toss and elected to field Start Time: 13:00
Ground: Broadleys Rules Type: Standard

Highlights :

Purton bowling: Deepak Ramani 2-14, Bipin Gattapur 2-21, Neil Little 2-37. Purton batting: Deepak Ramani 84 not out, Dave Allen 39, Neil Little 39.

Result Summary

Result:    Purton CC - 2nd XI - Won by 7 wickets
  Marshfield CC - 2nd XIPurton CC - 2nd XI
Score 188 for 8 (45 overs) 'b' 191 for 3 (36.2 overs) 't'
Game Points 0 0
Total Points 0 0

Marshfield CC - 2nd XI

Batting

 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Andy Jenkins ct Neil Little b  Joe Dunn 37 0 0 0
2 Richard Guy   b  Deepak Ramani 59 0 0 0
3 Rob Iles ct Joe Dunn b  Alex Duffell 22 0 0 0
4 Colin Sinkins*†   b  Deepak Ramani 18 0 0 0
5 Jim Creed   b  Neil Little 8 0 0 0
6 Andy Elliott ct David Allen b  Bippinsuni Gattapur 16 0 0 0
7 Thomas Lamb   b  Neil Little 1 0 0 0
8 Graham Tanner   b  Bippinsuni Gattapur 3 0 0 0
9 Gary Hodder not out   2 0 0 0
10 Charlie Chivers not out   1 0 0 0
11 Oliver Kinsey did not bat          
Extras       b (6), lb (2), w (13), nb (1) 22  
Total 188  
Wickets 8  
Overs 45  

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

53-1 Andy Jenkins (Richard Guy-10*); 99-2 Rob Iles (Richard Guy-59*); 146-3 Richard Guy (Colin Sinkins-18*); 149-4 Colin Sinkins (Jim Creed-1*); 172-5 Jim Creed (Andy Elliott-15*); 174-6 Andy Elliott (Thomas Lamb-1*); 176-7 Thomas Lamb (Graham Tanner-2*); 185-8 Graham Tanner (Gary Hodder-2*); 
 

* = not out batsman

Bowling

  BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 Bippinsuni Gattapur 6 1 21 2 0 0
2 Fraser Conway 9 1 25 0 0 0
3 Joe Dunn 9 1 29 1 0 0
4 Neil Little 9 1 37 2 0 0
5 Matt Saunders 4 0 18 0 0 0
6 Alex Duffell 5 0 36 1 0 0
7 Deepak Ramani 3 0 14 2 0 0
  Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 8 0
  Total 45 4 188 8 0 0

Purton CC - 2nd XI

Batting

 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Chris Newman ct Jim Creed b  Rob Iles 6 0 0 0
2 Deepak Ramani not out   84 0 0 0
3 David Allen   b  Jim Creed 39 0 0 0
4 Neil Little ct Unsure b  Charlie Chivers 39 0 0 0
5 Phil Duffell* not out   13 0 0 0
6 Bippinsuni Gattapur did not bat          
7 Fraser Conway did not bat          
8 Alex Duffell did not bat          
9 Patrick Doyle did not bat          
10 Matt Saunders did not bat          
11 Joe Dunn did not bat          
Extras       b (1), lb (3), w (6) 10  
Total 191  
Wickets 3  
Overs 36.2  

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

25-1 Chris Newman (Deepak Ramani-16*); 110-2 David Allen (Deepak Ramani-60*); 172-3 Neil Little (Deepak Ramani-79*); 
 

* = not out batsman

Bowling

  BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 Rob Iles 8 0 33 1 0 0
2 Thomas Lamb 8 1 36 0 0 0
3 Charlie Chivers 6 0 32 1 0 0
4 Gary Hodder 2 0 17 0 0 0
5 Graham Tanner 6 1 26 0 0 0
6 Jim Creed 4 0 27 1 0 0
7 Oliver Kinsey 2.2 0 16 0 0 0
  Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 4 0
  Total 36.2 2 191 3 0 0

Richard Guy

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