You Don't Win Anything With Pensioners...
What’s in a name? You could be forgiven for renting a car from ‘Budget Rentals’ and then discovering that they are more expensive than the other car hire firms, and so perhaps we should forgive our touring guests for the subtle difference between their self-certified (‘bunch of old dodderers who can barely stand up for 35 overs’) and the reality - a team of Prof Rich Guys with the competitive edge still burning brighter than Piercy’s barbeque after a particular fatty set of sausages.
Marshfield had chosen to rest some of the usual mob to make way for two U15 players, Louis Fryer and Owen Baldwin. Somehow a communication mix up led to both youngsters being awol at the appointed start time, and a hasty call up for Callum Ducket and Sandra Rouse, both then quickly stood down when the youth contingent arrived, on time for a 1.30 start. This gave the first inkling of a more committed attitude amongst the guests, as a suggested 12-a-side game was swiftly rebuffed.
The skipper won his first toss of the year and with a slight concern about the depth of batting available (and a well hidden charitable streak) inserted the opposition. The pitch was both slightly damp following the overnight storms and also showing a multitude of cracks, any one of which would have accounted for Tony Greig’s car keys.1
Back from the 2nds Warren (Wozza) Shipp was given the honour and with his second delivery induced a knick which carried low to Terry at first slip. Terry was unable to take the catch, and it would prove costly, as the opener cashed in fully, ultimately scoring a well compiled century. At the other end wickets were falling at a reasonable rate, with Dicko picking up a couple, but it soon became apparent that something odd was occurring. Each departing batsmen was replaced by a better player. Was it possible that the Geriatrics had pushed some of their lesser batmen up the order?
Dicko completed seven economical overs to finish with 7-1-19-2, and Warren was taken off after 5, partly to keep a couple in reserve and partly because the in his 5th over he’d bowled like the bad version of Mitchel Johnson (‘he bowls to the left…’). Hussain replaced him and produced some cracking deliveries, include a gem that pitched middle and leg before moving off the pitch to hit the top of off stump. At the other end Minichops bustled and on the whole the guests were kept to around four runs an over.
Both U15’s were given a bowl, with Louis (3-0-23-0) getting better results. Tim Hawkes too showed promise in his over, but his best contribution was a superb one handed catch at midwicket off Dicko.
As the innings drew to a close Wozza and Hussain were given the last four overs. This proved a challenge as the opener, clearly a counter, was desperate for his century, even to the extent of turning down runs in order to keep the strike. Some accurate and hostile bowling could not prevent the ton, which was achieved with a pull to the Dyson field. Much celebration resulted, possibly a little over the top when considering the opposition, but each to their own. Exeter ended on 185-7 from their 35 overs, a score that was probably 30-40 too many. The early missed chance and the lack of a specialist 5th bowler played a significant role. Hussain and Minichops both picked up 2 wickets apiece and the last wicket was a run out (Hussain).
After a fine tea, once again provided by the skipper, a minutes silence was held on the square in the memory of those lost in the Manchester atrocity.
Marshfield never looked like chasing the 186 required for the win, and indeed for the first 25 overs barely exceeded one run per over. Starting with Owen and Martin, followed with Louis at three and Terry at four, all the top order found runs hard to come by. Louis (3) and Owen (2) were both dismissed fairly cheaply, leaving Terry rebuilding with a becalmed Martin (5). Growing frustration on the sidelines was exacerbated as there wasn’t even the chance to change the umpire to help bring a wicket - Exeter had provided one and ex-captain Pierce was the other, much to Dicko’s chagrin. Drinks were taken after 20 overs, with well over 130 runs still required from the last 15. Tim Hawkes replaced Terry (2), and lasted, but also found runs difficult, eventually succumbing for 5. Dicko, perhaps unnerved by the umpire pretending his finger was a smoking gun, also failed and with Charles Harris (2) the first seven were gone with only 34 runs on the board.
On form Will Christie now arrived and quickly began scoring runs. Both Wozza and Hussain also chipped in, with Hussain recording the first boundary of the innings (outside edge through the slips), but both were out for 7, leaving the skipper and Minichops to try to salvage some honour from the wreckage. A breezy partnership of 34 took the 3rds to within a hit of 100, before the skipper went for one slog too many and was bowled for 17, leaving Chops stranded on 22*.
In the end a defeat by 89 runs and in truth probably a side that was slightly too weak, but which had been selected on words of the opposition. Moment of the day was Tim’s excellent catch, and MoM Will Christie for two wickets in a tidy 7 overs and his unbeaten 22 at the end.
1 Billy Birmingham “The 12th Man”
Some Pictures of the match "action", click on a photo for a larger image.
Match Action : 3rds v Exeter Geriatrics, 26/05/17
|Type :||Friendly||Date :||Saturday 27th May 2017|
|Toss:||Marshfield CC - 3rd XI won the toss and elected to field||Start Time:||13:30|
|Ground:||Tormarton CC||Rules Type:||Standard|
Result: Exeter Geriatrics CC - 1st XI - Won by 89 runs
|Marshfield CC - 3rd XI||Exeter Geriatrics CC - 1st XI|
|Score||96 all out (34.1 overs) 't'||185 for 7 (35 overs) 'b'|
Exeter Geriatrics CC - 1st XI Batting
|1||? Jones||not out||100||13||1||0|
|2||? Poat||b Mark Dixon||3||0||0||0|
|3||D Dyer||b Hussain Saeed||16||0||0||0|
|4||? Adam||ct Tim Hawke||b Mark Dixon||1||0||0||0|
|5||? Turner||b Will Christie||16||2||0||0|
|6||? Broughton||lbw||b Will Christie||2||0||0||0|
|7||? Giles||run out (Hussain Saeed)||25||3||0||0|
|8||? Binty*†||did not bat|
|9||? Clewlow||b Hussain Saeed||0||0||0||0|
|10||? Smith||did not bat|
|11||? Markem||did not bat|
|Extras b (4), lb (3), w (14), nb (1)||22|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets
7-1 ? Poat (? Jones-4*); 42-2 D Dyer (? Jones-18*); 49-3 ? Adam (? Jones-24*); 121-4 ? Turner (? Jones-75*); 128-5 ? Broughton (? Jones-78*); 175-6 ? Giles (? Jones-94*); 176-7 ? Clewlow (? Jones-94*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||7||1|
Marshfield CC - 3rd XI Batting
|1||Owen Baldwin||ct ? Turner||b ? Clewlow||2||0||0||0|
|2||Martin Roper||b ? Turner||5||0||0||0|
|3||Louis Fryer||ct ? Broughton||b ? Clewlow||3||0||0||0|
|4||Terry Bishop||b ? Giles||2||0||0||0|
|5||Tim Hawke||b ? Broughton||5||0||0||0|
|6||Mark Dixon||b ? Broughton||4||0||0||0|
|7||Charles Harris||b ? Broughton||2||0||0||0|
|8||Will Christie||not out||22||0||0||0|
|9||Warren Shipp||ct ? Broughton||b D Dyer||7||0||0||0|
|10||Hussain Saeed||ct ? Binty||b ? Turner||7||1||0||0|
|11||Tim Woodman*†||b ? Poat||17||1||0||0|
|Extras b (7), lb (3), w (9), nb (1)||20|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets
5-1 Owen Baldwin (Martin Roper-2*); 9-2 Louis Fryer (Martin Roper-2*); 14-3 Terry Bishop (Martin Roper-2*); 21-4 Tim Hawke (Martin Roper-3*); 30-5 Mark Dixon (Martin Roper-5*); 30-6 Martin Roper (Charles Harris-0*); 34-7 Charles Harris (Will Christie-0*); 52-8 Warren Shipp (Will Christie-6*); 62-9 Hussain Saeed (Will Christie-9*); 96-10 Tim Woodman (Will Christie-22*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||10||0|