Defeat snatched from the jaws… twice!
The 3rd XI travelled to Chippenham on what turned out to be a fine afternoon. With the Skipper still wandering the Yorkshire dales, your intrepid reporter was once more in charge of a side that showed just two changes from the previous week: the return of Chris Ruddell and the appearance of Olly Hendy, logically demoted from the 2nd’s after his decent batting display at Bradford-on-Avon (I feel your pain). The toss was duly won and the oppo inserted, with the Shipster down the Withy-esque hill and Mini-Chops opening the bowling. While one opener treated all deliveries with respect, the other walloped anything loose for a boundary and the score skipped along nicely (for them).
Dicko was therefore summoned to bring some sanity but it was Will who produced a beauty to remove the danger man who had hammered 35 (with 8 fours) out of 42. Dicko then snared the less exciting opener to a looping slip catch taken by Hodds and we were in the game with Chippenham at 52-2. Some decent bowling followed from the aforementioned trundler-in-chief, Chris Ruddell and Hodor and wickets fell with satisfying regularity as the score progressed to 143-8. This total was almost entirely due to the obdurate no. 3, who made 83, surprising both himself and our entire team that he actually managed to do that…
Along the way, the 2016 3rd XI Bowler of the Year managed to intercept the ball with the wrong part of his thumb and re-enact the scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail by spraying a copious amount of blood over the Chippenham outfield. Once the flow was staunched, it was third man at both ends for the rest of the afternoon and some fairly chaotic leadership on the field ensued as instructions were either relayed or ignored (well, ignored in fact) to our bemused team-mates.
Whatever the reason, the bottom line is that we lost our stranglehold on the game and allowed the oppo 9th wicket pair to mow their way to 198 before Warren calmly held on to skier off Hodds. A comedy run out followed soon after and Chippenham closed on 202 all out. Maximum bowling points achieved with Ruddell 3-33, Dicko 3-36 and Hodor 2-26 all putting in good spells. Fielding was generally of a high standard, especially as we were effectively down to 10 for nearly 2/3 of the innings, with good catches also taken by Callum Buckett and Mini, and a sharp stumping for the Rear Admiral. Mention also has to be made of a remarkable c&b pulled off by the Preston Preener, a one-handed snaffle, shoulder-high off a pretty well-struck drive. A sympathy card has been sent to the Chipp no. 4 and one of those blue circles will soon be appearing on the front wall of his house.
Post-tea, Olly and Hodor carefully opened the batting against some accurate bowling, relief only coming initially from the former’s ability to thread the ball through the slips for a number of boundaries. Gradually, however, as the attack tired and first, second and third changes were introduced (and frustration grew amongst the opposition as Olly’s tormenting continued), the score began to move forward and 100 was passed without loss, GH moving to a fine 50 (well batted, Sir!).
At this point, a seemingly gettable 100 off 20 overs was needed but, of course, this is 3rd XI cricket. In short order, Olly uncharacteristically played across the line and was plumber than plumb for an excellent 41, Gary missed an uglier than ugly hoick and was castled, and then Tim Hawke snicked a ball that the umpire was in the process of calling a wide to depart for a duck. Ells and Mini rebuilt for a while and hope was beginning to return when both were out with the score on 139. Although Callum, Warren, Dicko, Rudds and Commander Roper all made worthy efforts, the bowling had tightened and the run rate had escalated to an unreachable level by the time our 45 were done and we finished with 180-8 and 5 batting points.
A frustrating defeat, then, with two chances to secure the opposite outcome slipping away at crucial moments. Lots of “what ifs” in the bar afterwards but, in the end, only ourselves to blame for missing out on the W. Marshfield MoM goes to the Cricket Manager for an excellent all-round performance. Dicko is undoubtedly expecting the champagne moment for his c&b, but the most-deserving-of-champagne moment goes to Julie Hendy, who generously took me to the Chippenham Minor (ha!) Injury Clinic and then hung around to wait while the NHS went to work on the old guy’s thumb.
|Type :||League: WCCL Division 8 - 2017||Date :||Saturday 1st July 2017|
|Toss:||Marshfield CC - 3rd XI won the toss and elected to field||Start Time:||13:00|
|Ground:||Sheldon School||Rules Type:||Standard|
Nathan Dunford 83
Result: Chippenham CC, Wilts - 4th XI - Won by 22 runs
|Chippenham CC, Wilts - 4th XI||Marshfield CC - 3rd XI|
|Score||202 all out (44.4 overs) 'b'||180 for 8 (45 overs) 't'|
Chippenham CC, Wilts - 4th XI Batting
|1||Wayne Young||ct Gary Hodder||b Mark Dixon||5||0||0||0|
|2||Greg Smith*†||b Will Christie||35||8||0||0|
|3||Nathan Dunford||b Gary Hodder||83||9||1||0|
|4||Adrian Hollingdrake||ct & b Mark Dixon||6||0||0||0|
|5||Steve Dolman||ct Callum Duckett||b Chris Ruddell||0||0||0||0|
|6||Tony Sullivan||ct Will Christie||b Mark Dixon||2||0||0||0|
|7||Guy Thomas||st Martin Roper||b Chris Ruddell||3||0||0||0|
|8||Matthew Jenkins||ct Andy Elliott||b Chris Ruddell||0||0||0||0|
|9||Dan Pettit||not out||38||6||0||0|
|10||Bradley Milton||ct Warren Shipp||b Gary Hodder||17||3||0||0|
|11||Andy Couzens||run out (Unsure)||0||0||0||0|
|Extras b (1), lb (5), w (6), nb (1)||13|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets
42-1 Greg Smith (Wayne Young-4*); 52-2 Wayne Young (Nathan Dunford-9*); 86-3 Adrian Hollingdrake (Nathan Dunford-36*); 87-4 Steve Dolman (Nathan Dunford-37*); 93-5 Tony Sullivan (Nathan Dunford-41*); 114-6 Guy Thomas (Nathan Dunford-59*); 128-7 Matthew Jenkins (Nathan Dunford-73*); 143-8 Nathan Dunford (Dan Pettit-5*); 198-9 Bradley Milton (Dan Pettit-34*); 202-10 Andy Couzens (Dan Pettit-38*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||6||1|
Marshfield CC - 3rd XI Batting
|1||Oliver Hendy||lbw||b Steve Dolman||41||6||0||79|
|2||Gary Hodder||b Steve Dolman||57||10||0||92|
|3||Andy Elliott||ct Dan Pettit||b Tony Sullivan||18||1||1||32|
|4||Tim Hawke||ct Greg Smith||b Steve Dolman||0||0||0||3|
|5||Will Christie||b Guy Thomas||2||0||0||15|
|6||Callum Duckett||b Tony Sullivan||10||1||0||7|
|7||Warren Shipp||b Dan Pettit||7||1||0||11|
|8||Mark Dixon||not out||12||1||0||15|
|9||Chris Ruddell||b Dan Pettit||3||0||0||8|
|10||Martin Roper†||not out||6||0||0||10|
|11||Richard Guy*||did not bat|
|Extras b (8), lb (3), w (7), nb (6)||24|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets
106-1 Oliver Hendy (Gary Hodder-51*); 114-2 Gary Hodder (Andy Elliott-1*); 116-3 Tim Hawke (Andy Elliott-3*); 139-4 Will Christie (Andy Elliott-18*); 139-5 Andy Elliott (Callum Duckett-0*); 154-6 Callum Duckett (Warren Shipp-3*); 159-7 Warren Shipp (Mark Dixon-1*); 165-8 Chris Ruddell (Mark Dixon-4*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||11||0|