Two wins in two for 3rd XI!
Following the previous week’s historic victory at Avebury, the 3rd’s returned to Tormarton and hosted the Wanborough 2nd X, rather than eleven, due to selection issues with which we are quite familiar. Although Marshfield did not have any trouble in fielding a full complement, an absent skipper left your correspondent in charge of a side that had five new faces. Also different was the weather, back to a more typically grey and coolish June afternoon. This led the captain, upon winning the toss, to choose to bowl despite a reasonable looking track and a freshly cut and satisfyingly quick outfield.
Dicko and Warren (a name that will come back to haunt us…) Shipp opened the attack with the former surprisingly choosing to bowl into a gusty breeze, yet managing as ever to keep the oppo openers in line. The Shipster, in contrast, mixed up some unrewarded beauties with their ugly cousins that Rear Admiral Roper found difficult, if not impossible, to intercept cleanly. The score ticked along gently, therefore, without mishap for Wanborough, and despite Dicko taking a breather to be replaced by Ellsy.
The more aggressive of the two batters now decided to get on with it and, having bludgeoned a couple of decent hits, then obligingly smacked a longish hop from the Ship into the Duckett bucket hands at cover. Wanborough’s no. 3 was also of the proactive type and quickly assumed the dominant role in what proved to be an obdurate 2nd wicket partnership. Ellsy had no luck and found the blustery conditions difficult to master. Warren’s decent spell had now come to an end and the new attack comprised Ollie Double-Barrel with the wind and Hodor, off of a pace and a half at t’other end.
Following a bit of range-finding, ODB dug one in to the danger man who decided to hook… bad move, top edge, and a simple catch bagged by the Rear Admiral. Next in was a young chap who took an immediate liking to the non-cobras being served up by our glorious Cricket Manager and quickly advanced into double figures. Fortunately for us, however, the remaining opener then generously ran out his younger partner, Callum Bucket taking smart advantage of some poor judgement.
Noticing some exaggerated arm-twirling at the end of Hodd’s 3rd over, the MCC skipper decided to recall Dicko to the attack when he really should have had a bowl himself. However, I was upwind of the warren (I told you this was coming) and hadn’t caught the scent which Mr MacGregor, of course, had inhaled greedily. And so, despite ODB picking up a second wicket, sharply snaffled by Ellsy at short extra, the Preston trundler swiftly dispatched the stubborn opener (with, it must be said, a halfway decent delivery) and four other cuddly victims in no time at all. Wanborough all out 110, Dicko with the ridiculous analysis of 8.1-3-8-5, and OBD 5-0-18-2.
Given that Wanborough were, at one point, about 70-1 and looking quite comfortable, this was a good effort by the 3rd’s, with some nagging bowling backed up by a generally excellent performance in the field, with Callum, Terry Bish, Tim Hawke and Don Carlos Harris worthy of special mention. The Rear Admiral, with the big gloves, improved as the innings progressed and was really looking the part when we took the oppo’s last wicket. Dicko’s tea was much better than he’d promised and was consumed rapidly and without complaint.
The MCC reply was led off by your scribe and Hodor and started, uniquely, with the second ball of the innings being smacked for a maximum. Things then calmed down a bit and the score had reached 27 when the Marshfield captain succumbed to a pea-roller, bringing Ellsy to the crease at the same time that Wanborough’s opening attack were finishing their spells. With due care and attention, together with efficient punishment of the bad ball, Hodds and Ellsy moved the score to 84, before the latter was beaten by a nicely bowled leg-break (from the promising youngster who was run out when looking good) and stumped. After a short cameo from Callum, Hodor went exactly the same way as Ells to another Warnesque delivery and, at 99-4, one could almost hear the 3rd XI old timers (Threaders, AP, etc.) muttering ‘batting collapse on the way’. But, it was not to be! OBD and Terry Bish had other things in mind and, much like the previous week, Ollie soon brought the innings to an end with a 6 and a 4 to take us past the Wanborough total.
A comfortable 6-wicket victory, then, moving us up into 4th place in the league. Some more or less sensible batting made sure that nothing daft happened and that the points were secured. MoM can only go to he-who-cannot-be-named, for another trophy-earning bowling performance. According to Play-Cricket, Dicko has now taken 300 wickets for Marshfield… the CPS has been notified and an arrest warrant under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act is expected to be issued soon.
|Type :||League: WCCL Division 8 - 2017||Date :||Saturday 24th June 2017|
|Toss:||Marshfield CC - 3rd XI won the toss and elected to field||Start Time:||13:00|
|Ground:||Tormarton CC||Rules Type:||Standard|
Mark Dixon 8.1-3-8-5
Result: Marshfield CC - 3rd XI - Won by 6 wickets
|Marshfield CC - 3rd XI||Wanborough CC - 2nd XI|
|Score||114 for 4 (28.3 overs) 't'||110 all out (30.1 overs) 'b'|
Wanborough CC - 2nd XI Batting
|1||M Baldwin||b Mark Dixon||15||1||0||0|
|2||B Fenton||ct Callum Duckett||b Warren Shipp||14||2||0||0|
|3||J Crockett||ct Martin Roper||b Ollie Rogers-Jones||34||5||0||0|
|4||Jacob Chilcott||run out (Callum Duckett)||15||0||0||0|
|5||B Gonzalez||ct Andy Elliott||b Ollie Rogers-Jones||1||0||0||0|
|6||M Ranscome||b Mark Dixon||12||1||1||0|
|7||W Smith*||b Mark Dixon||0||0||0||0|
|8||W Sharpe†||not out||0||0||0||0|
|9||C Rodriguez||ct Martin Roper||b Mark Dixon||0||0||0||0|
|10||C Cameron||b Mark Dixon||0||0||0||0|
|Extras b (3), lb (4), w (12)||19|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||7||1|
|1||Richard Guy*||b W Smith||19||2||1||0|
|2||Gary Hodder||st Unsure||b Jacob Chilcott||30||4||0||0|
|3||Andy Elliott||st Unsure||b Jacob Chilcott||28||2||1||0|
|4||Callum Duckett||b Jacob Chilcott||8||0||1||0|
|5||Ollie Rogers-Jones||not out||16||1||1||0|
|6||Terry Bishop||not out||4||0||0||0|
|7||Tim Hawke||did not bat|
|8||Mark Dixon||did not bat|
|9||Charles Harris||did not bat|
|10||Warren Shipp||did not bat|
|11||Martin Roper†||did not bat|
|Extras b (4), w (4), nb (1)||9|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||4||0|