Depleted Box Flattened at Tormarton
A strange thing happened last week. On Wednesday morning I received an email from the Cricket Manager with a subject of ‘Third Team selection policy 2017’. This was surprising. I had always assumed that there was a policy, however I had been under the impression that the criteria were mainly concerned with (a) having a pulse and (b) finding no valid excuse not to turn out. Such a policy has worked well for many years, with much comic effect (mainly on the poor benighted 3rd team captains who have been forced to repeatedly clarify fielding positions, and instruct on which end of the bat is more appropriate for hitting the ball).
This new, 2017, policy was an entirely different beast. It appears to deal with a situation of having too many players available, a surfeit, an excess, a plethora, a multitude. That Marshfield is in this situation says a great deal about the health of our club, and this was shown convincingly in a very one sided victory over a Box 2nd XI who could only muster eight players on the day.
Saturday also saw the start of the new Captain’s regime (yours truly) (see previous selection policy), after a shameful failure to turn up last week. For once all eleven Marshfield players were in attendance by the scheduled start time, however Box were looking conspicuously short, with six present and two more on the way. A toss was performed, which Box won and elected to bat.
A so now a cricket match broke out, and the new skipper trusted the new ball to the Preston Trundler (surely ‘Thunder’ – Ed) and Warren Ship. They did not disappoint, with the Dicko living up to his billing as the most boring bowler in the club (surely ‘bowling a good line and length’ – Ed) with a string of consecutive maidens and Warren generating some exceptional swing, if somewhat wayward in direction, new-ball bowling. Dicko soon made the early breakthrough, bowling Cundick for 2, but further wickets proved harder come by. Warren was replaced by Hussain Saeed who was also able to generate some good swing and bounce from the normally torpid Tormarton pitch. Hussain claimed the next victim and then the new skipper joined the party with an exceptional catch behind the wickets (surely ‘routine caught behind’ – Ed). This now brought Kevin Dolman to the crease, and somewhere Chris Middup must have experienced a cold shiver down his spine following the events at this very ground not two years ago (Dicko – can you provide a link? ; "Yes, Yes I can - click here"). On this occasion there would be no heroics, and Dolman lobbed a gentle catch to the Prof at mid-off for 1.
With the back of the Box batting broken (try saying that quickly) and Dicko bowled out, Hodor was brought on to hasten the end, although his first over looked to be trying the old ‘bad balls get wickets’ approach. He took one wicket and Chris Ruddle was unfortunate to only get one over. In the end the innings subsided fairly swiftly with Ian Doyle’s 30 not out the only bright light in a very below par 78. Hussain managed to bag a 5 wicket haul, though it would be remiss not to record that the last batsman should properly be described as a rescue dog (send in after the ferret who had got stuck going in after the rabbits…). Still a 5 for is not to be sniffed at and your correspondent enjoyed the jug back at Broadleys very much!
With just 24 overs gone, the two teams agreed that Marshfield would bat straight away. Some juggling of the batting order saw a new opening partnership of Callum Duckett and Oliver Hendy, two players who probably can’t remember a labour government (not like the usual pair who can remember Wilson’s government). The skipper’s words of advice were completely ignored by Callum who launched an almighty 6 into the pavilion before departing to bring Will Christie to the crease. Will followed his useful knock of the previous week with another composed outing, together with Ollie taking the total to 38 before missing a straight one for 19. With the job half done, Willsy (14*) was sent in to stabilise the ship and finally Ollie was out for a good 17, leaving the Prof Guy (20*) to see the game home, before 3.30 pm. Tea was taken, and what a spread it was! (One advantage of doing the teas yourself is you can make sure to get all your favourites…) and then the bulk of the 3rd’s hastened to Broadleys for the aforementioned jug and to cheer on the 2nd’s.
Even in a routine win like this there were some moments of note. The prof managed to tangle with the Box keeper, both ending sprawled on the ground (no injuries). The game also saw 5 penalty runs awarded after your correspondent deftly flicked a swinger delivery from Warren onto his own helmet (placed safely some 10 yards behind). Some things never change – catching was poor overall (honourable exceptions the Prof and yours truly) although most of the chances were not routine. Man of the match goes to Hussain for his excellent spell, but in truth most people contributed either with the bat or ball and a win is always good.
Lastly I cannot end without praising Box for turning up to give us a game when they could easily have forfeited. As a result they are 12 points better off, and we got to play a game. These are clearly tough times for cricket clubs as the struggle to get players on the pitch seems to be getting harder than ever, so well done to Marshfield for our current positions of relative strength.
|Type :||League: WCCL Division 8 - 2017||Date :||Saturday 13th May 2017|
|Toss:||Box CC - 2nd XI won the toss and elected to bat||Start Time:||13:00|
|Ground:||Tormarton CC||Rules Type:||Standard|
Marshfield: Hussain Saeed 7-2-28-5
Result: Marshfield CC - 3rd XI - Won by 7 wickets
|Marshfield CC - 3rd XI||Box CC - 2nd XI|
|Score||79 for 3 (20.1 overs)||78 all out (24 overs) 'b' 't'|
Box CC - 2nd XI Batting
|1||Tim Cundick||b Mark Dixon||2||0||0||0|
|2||Jon Bazley||b Hussain Saeed||10||2||0||0|
|3||Ian Doyle†||not out||30||4||0||0|
|4||Ben Richardson||ct Tim Woodman||b Hussain Saeed||11||1||0||0|
|5||Kevin Dolman*||ct Richard Guy||b Hussain Saeed||1||0||0||0|
|6||L Price||b Hussain Saeed||0||0||0||0|
|7||G Young||b Gary Hodder||0||0||0||0|
|8||C King||b Hussain Saeed||0||0||0||0|
|Extras lb (1), w (12), nb (1), pr (5)||19|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||6||0|
Marshfield CC - 3rd XI Batting
|1||Callum Duckett||b Kevin Dolman||6||0||1||0|
|2||Oliver Hendy||ct Ian Doyle||b G Young||17||1||0||0|
|3||Will Christie||b Tim Cundick||19||2||0||0|
|4||Andy Wills||not out||14||1||0||0|
|5||Richard Guy||not out||20||1||0||0|
|6||Chris Ruddell||did not bat|
|7||Gary Hodder||did not bat|
|8||Mark Dixon||did not bat|
|9||Tim Woodman*†||did not bat|
|10||Warren Shipp||did not bat|
|11||Hussain Saeed||did not bat|
|Extras b (1), w (2)||3|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||1||0|