3rdXI Batting record Tumbles at Lockeridge
What a difference a week makes! Following last week’s low score thriller, Marshfield 3rd’s posted 300 for possibly the first time in their history, and followed up by dismissing Avebury 2nd’s for 121. A century for Richard Guy, a fine knock of 76 from the returning George Pollitt and some excellent bowling and fielding all round contributed to a hugely enjoyable day.
With the afternoon set to be one of the hottest of the year, winning the toss and batting was always going to be the preferred option, and when the skipper called correctly, the Avebury (stand-in) leader visibly slumped, sensing a long and hot afternoon ahead.
Richard ‘Boycott’ Guy, demoted from the 2nds for scoring 62 not out last week, was joined by George Pollitt, back from University, and pretty quickly back into the form that saw him take 3rd team batting award in 2016. The early bowling was already proving erratic, and runs were starting to flow. The usual third team landmarks were swiftly passed (24, 62 from last week etc) and in fairly rapid order a century partnership was on the board. While never easy, there were enough bad balls and George in particular was very severe on loose deliveries.
The first wicket came out of nowhere, and was a classic example of the commentator’s curse. An injudicious remark from the skipper to Gary H about not needing his pads saw George bowled by Godwin, going back when he should have gone forward. His 76 from 65 balls had very much laid a foundation, but where would the innings go? Andy Elliot joined Richard and quickly showed his attacking intent with 46 for 47 balls, including six fours and 2 sixes. Richard and Ells added exactly a hundred runs before Andy was caught of the bowling of Bogg. At 228 for 2 Marshfield were handily placed, and now attention turned to whether a score north of 300 might be achieved. Gary hit three quick boundaries before comically falling over at the crease like a marionette that had had it’s strings cut, bowled for 15. Andy Wills holed out for a duck, bringing in Ben ‘Tiffin’ White to the crease. Richard now cruised to his century, a really superb innings from the master, and just what was needed. Taking into account the heat of the day, it was no surprise that he was now showing signs of tiring and no doubt this contributed to his dismissal, stumped for a wonderful 108, scored at a very decent rate. Ben (10) played some crunching shots and Terry added 2 before being bowled. Ollie Rogers-Jones bludgeoned a rapid 11 runs, while the skipper somehow managed to get run out without facing (again!), but all in a good cause. With the last ball of the innings the 300 was reached, and the match almost certainly in the bag. Credit to Avebury for sticking to their task in extremely warm conditions, but their ill-discipline with the ball let them down badly, and they had the misfortune to encounter a very strong Marshfield batting line-up.
Following a nice tea, Marshfield took to the field and quickly set about chipping away the Avebury batting line-up. The trusted partnership of the Preston Thunder at one end, and Ben ‘Chalky’ White at the other were never going to leak runs, and with scoreboard pressure too Avebury found the going difficult right from the start. Dicko picked up the first, a regulation catch by Andy Elliot, before Chalky started causing havoc, removing Reeves, Tendayi and Vaya(S) to leave Avebury at 38-4. The previous weekend had seen Marshfield’s chances slip after the initial bowlers had competed their overs, but there was no repeat on this occasion. Chris Ruddell’s flight and guile combined exceedingly well with some hostile pace from Ollie Rogers-Jones. Chris was first to strike, inducing Vaya (K) to loop a ball to Chalky at mid-on. Ollie then bowled Mattocks and shortly after was unlucky to have Bogg dropped by the keeper of a top-edge. Perhaps deciding that fielders could not be trusted he proceeded to bowl two more victims. The match was wrapped up in the 35 over with the skipper claiming his third stumping of the innings off Chris, to give a winning margin of 179 runs, a margin of victory higher than the totals scored by the thirds in all but one game last season.
Such was the strength of the side on the day that four genuine bowlers were not required, including the 3rd team bowler of the year for 2016.
Very hard to decide on MoM on the day – almost everyone got to contribute and it really was a team performance. In the end it has to go to Richard for his wonderful ton, but honourable mentions to George, who should have scored a big ton, and to all the bowlers.
Champagne moment – reaching 300 for the first time (let’s hope it’s not the last!)
After checking with Andy "Been there, done that" Pierce can confirm that 300 is indeed a highest ever total for the 3rdXI. He wasn't able to confirm that Richards 2 century partnerships in a single game is a first for the 3rds, but we agreed it was highly likely. What Prof Guy did insist was highlighted is that during his 2nd century for the club he passed 3000 runs for the club. #machine
This weeks lensman was Ben White who snapped a few photo's of the "Action" during our innings...click on a thumbnail for a bigger picture.
3rdXi V Avebury 10-16-17
3rdXI V Avebury 2ndXI , Kennett Valley CC, Lockeridge, 17/06/17
|Type :||League: Wiltshire County Cricket League Division 8 - 2017||Date :||Saturday 17th June 2017|
|Toss:||Marshfield CC - 3rd XI won the toss and elected to bat||Start Time:||13:00|
|Ground:||KVCC, Lockeridge||Rules Type:||Standard|
Result: Marshfield CC - 3rd XI - Won by 179 runs
Avebury CC - 2nd XI
Marshfield CC - 3rd XI
121 all out (34.4 overs)
300 for 8 (45.0 overs) 'b' 't'
Marshfield CC - 3rd XI Batting
|1||Richard Guy||st Emily Bogg||b Chris Bogg||108||16||1||125|
|2||George Pollitt||b Carl Godwin||76||10||3||65|
|3||Andy Elliott||ct Tongayi Tendayi||b Chris Bogg||46||6||2||47|
|4||Gary Hodder||b Graeme Mattocks||15||3||0||13|
|5||Andy Wills||ct Krishan Vaya||b Chris Bogg||0||0||0||4|
|6||Ben White||ct Tongayi Tendayi||b Chris Bogg||10||1||0||13|
|7||Terry Bishop||b Tongayi Tendayi||2||0||0||3|
|8||Tim Woodman*†||run out (Unsure)||0||0||0||0|
|9||Ollie Rogers-Jones||not out||11||1||1||5|
|10||Chris Ruddell||not out||0||0||0||0|
|11||Mark Dixon||did not bat|
|Extras b (13), lb (3), w (6), nb (10)||32|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets
128-1 George Pollitt (Richard Guy-0*); 228-2 Andy Elliott (Richard Guy-0*); 249-3 Gary Hodder (Richard Guy-0*); 260-4 Andy Wills (Richard Guy-0*); 286-5 Richard Guy (Ben White-0*); 289-6 Ben White (Terry Bishop-0*); 289-7 Terry Bishop (Tim Woodman-0*); 289-8 Tim Woodman (Ollie Rogers-Jones-0*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||16||1|
Avebury CC - 2nd XI Batting
|1||Ross Haines||ct Andy Elliott||b Mark Dixon||6||1||0||0|
|2||Chris Bogg||ct Ollie Rogers-Jones||b Chris Ruddell||40||7||1||0|
|3||Tony Reeves||st Tim Woodman||b Ben White||5||1||0||0|
|4||Tongayi Tendayi||ct Tim Woodman||b Ben White||0||0||0||0|
|5||Shivan Vaya||st Tim Woodman||b Ben White||6||0||1||2|
|6||Krishan Vaya||ct Ben White||b Chris Ruddell||11||1||0||0|
|7||Graeme Mattocks*||b Ollie Rogers-Jones||2||0||0||0|
|8||Emily Bogg†||b Ollie Rogers-Jones||22||4||0||0|
|9||Martin Varghese||b Ollie Rogers-Jones||1||0||0||0|
|10||Carl Godwin||st Tim Woodman||b Chris Ruddell||8||0||1||0|
|11||Phil Tonks||not out||4||1||0||0|
|Extras b (9), lb (4), w (3)||16|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets
16-1 Ross Haines (Chris Bogg-6*); 24-2 Tony Reeves (Chris Bogg-7*); 28-3 Tongayi Tendayi (Chris Bogg-11*); 38-4 Shivan Vaya (Chris Bogg-15*); 55-5 Krishan Vaya (Chris Bogg-19*); 58-6 Graeme Mattocks (Chris Bogg-19*); 107-7 Chris Bogg (Emily Bogg-22*); 107-8 Emily Bogg (Martin Varghese-0*); 109-9 Martin Varghese (Carl Godwin-1*); 121-10 Carl Godwin (Phil Tonks-4*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||13||0|