Bomber Harris Guns Down The Army in T20 Friendly!
A warm and humid Wednesday evening – what better time to witness a spicy little 20-over contest between an MCC friendly XI, comprising members of all three Saturday sides, against the British Army’s finest of the 21st Signals, currently based in nearby Colerne.
The Cricket Manager had assumed the C.O. role for the evening and quickly lost the toss to the opposition skipper, who decided to have a bat. Threaders and Olly Kinsey opened the bowling and seemed so keen to show their patriotism that 22 was on the board in only 3 overs. Olly then delivered a long hop that the Signals no. 2 generously smacked straight to Ellsy at cover where the catch was taken. The new batsman looked the part and the usually frugal pairing of Dixon and Tanner were not accorded the respect that they (albeit optimistically) expect. G&T did, however, finally bag the no. 3 having been disdainfully launched into the car park the previous ball. Unfortunately, this brought in a serious looking cricketer (see more on this individual below), who also cleared the rope, and at which point the Skipper called on Glen Perry to stop the rot.
Glen’s cunning plan quickly became apparent: a looping full bung was lobbed in the general direction of Dicko who held the catch nonchalantly without, fortunately, having to move at all. Soon after, a nice leg side half-volley was propelled into the evening sky only to land safely into the hands of a scampering Ellsy at deep mid-wicket. Enough of Glen, then, (2-0-5-2) and a switch to Ellsy and Chris Ruddle, each of whom picked up a quick wicket, leaving the Signals wobbling at 84-6 in the 17th over.
Luckily, batsmen 8 and 9 were obviously former members of the cavalry and some inspired hitting and quick running, aided and abetted by two generous overs of hittable buffet (don’t worry, Jeremy, I won’t let on), saw the Regiment to a respectable total of 114 at the end of their 20 overs.
Glen and J. Bond opened up for MCC, only to find themselves confronted by the aforementioned cricketer (Lt./Capt./Major Gold????) who bowled like someone from the Artillery, rather than the Signals. A bit sharpish, indeed, and the innings was only three balls old when Glen’s valiant attempt to keep out a yorker wasn’t enough and the ball squeezed through to roll agonisingly onto his stumps with just enough momentum to dislodge a bail. Bondy decided to take residence at the other end, leaving poor old Ellsy to suffer the bombardment and to leave the square leg umpire’s toes severely bruised (geddit?). Three overs from Lt./Capt./Major Gold were enough and his analysis (3-1-5-1) included the only maiden of the evening.
Bondy and Ells then took charge and quickly moved MCC past 60 in the 9th over before both were retired (28 and 23, respectively). This brought to the wicket the contrasting styles of Hodor and Charles Harris (aka El Rey Carlos). Those of you acquainted with Charles will know him as an enthusiastic netter, fieldsman and chorister, with a charming and rapier-like sense of humour. You’ll also be familiar with his lifetime stats as a stalwart of the 3rd XI since 2015: a cumulative total of 14 runs in 15 innings, a model of consistency, one might say. Expectations were being comfortably managed, and pads strapped on, therefore, in the on-deck circle when King Carlos went spectacularly off-script, confidently got off the mark (“my first ever 2”, he confessed in a post-match interview), ran skippingly between the wickets and, well, out-scored the Cricket Manager. La pièce de résistance was a square cut for 4 that brought the watching crowd to its feet (and a high-pitched and highly irritating whistle from Charles’ most tenacious groupie who was having a net with the Maidens).
Dicko, “Charles, is that you're best ever score?"
Charles, "No!", Dicko" Which game did you get more than 12?"
Charles, “Oh, I thought you meant cumulatively!!"
Of course, all fairy tales must end, and El Rey was unluckily bowled soon after for a magnificent 12, not quite doubling his lifetime aggregate as he claimed euphorically after the match (but pretty damn close). Hodor decided to protect his average and retired, leaving Chris Ruddle to emulate Charles’ square cutting and to bring us within 4 of victory. Dicko then snicked the required boundary – angled bat, my foot - and a comfortable win with 8 balls to spare.
An excellent evening, a proper friendly, an excellent bunch of lads from the Signals, and a good time was had by all. Charles’ exploits did not go unnoticed by the 2nd XI skipper and the 3rd’s will be lucky to hold on to this chap if his purple patch continues.
El Rey takes MoM by a mile, of course, a decision not influenced in any way by the jug of ale that he most generously distributed once we had found our way to the bar. His first ever boundary for the club receives the champers moment award; however, a special mention is accorded to Prof. T who, for the second game in a row, managed to pirouette under a lobbed catch at mid-off without the foggiest idea that it was perilously close to landing on his head. You really can’t make up stuff like this.
|Type :||Friendly||Date :||Wednesday 8th June 2016|
|Toss:||21 Signal Regiment, Azimghur Barracks won the toss and elected to bat||Start Time:||18:00|
|Marshfield CC - Friendly XI||21 Signal Regiment, Azimghur Barracks|
|Score||115 for 2 (18.4 overs)||114 for 6 (20 overs) 'b' 't'|
21 Signal Regiment, Azimghur Barracks
|1||K Kirkham||retired not out||31||4||1||0|
|2||P Payne||ct Andy Elliott||b Oliver Kinsey||6||1||0||0|
|3||H Hooker||b Graham Tanner||21||2||1||0|
|4||G Golds||ct Mark Dixon||b Glenn Perry||12||1||1||0|
|5||M Mycroft||ct Andy Elliott||b Glenn Perry||4||0||0||0|
|6||B Blake†||b Andy Elliott||0||0||0||0|
|7||H Holbrook||b Chris Ruddell||3||0||0||0|
|8||B Baker||retired not out||17||2||0||0|
|9||W Watson||retired not out||14||2||0||0|
|10||H Hiney||not out||3||0||0||0|
|11||G Green*||not out||2||0||0||0|
|Extras b (1)||1|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets22-1 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 54-2 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 75-3 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 75-4 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 76-5 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 84-6 Unsure (Unsure-0*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||1||0|
|1||Glenn Perry||b G Golds||4||1||0||0|
|2||Jeremy Bond||retired not out||28||3||1||0|
|3||Andy Elliott||retired not out||23||3||1||0|
|4||Charlie Harris||b H Hiney||12||1||0||0|
|5||Gary Hodder*||retired not out||11||2||0||0|
|6||Chris Ruddell||not out||13||2||0||0|
|7||Mark Dixon||not out||4||1||0||0|
|8||Richard Guy†||did not bat|
|9||Graham Tanner||did not bat|
|10||Oliver Kinsey||did not bat|
|11||Mike Threadgill||did not bat|
|Extras b (2), w (15), nb (3)||20|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets4-1 Glenn Perry (Jeremy Bond-0*); 110-2 Charlie Harris (Chris Ruddell-12*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||2||0|