familiar story at Box for 3rd XI
The prevailing theme for the 3rd’s this season has been ‘25 runs short’, whether chasing or setting a target, and so it proved again on a grey and windy day at Box. A narrow defeat in the end and one which saw two fine performances, Rich Guy joining the ‘99’ club (Honoury Chairman Mike Atherton*) with a well-crafted and paced innings and Chris Ruddell achieving career best figures of 6-27 from his 9 overs.
After winning the toss the skipper decided to bowl, perhaps hoping that tight bowling might restrict Box in the same way that Bathford had been kept in check the week before. This was a much changed Box side from the one played at Tormarton with only eight players, and the innings started in alarming fashion with the opener Petit crashing two of Will Christie’s short pitch deliveries to the leg-side boundary, and promptly retiring for a lie-down. At the other end Warren Shipp produced a superb spell of bowling, regularly hitting a good line and length and producing some useful away swing. If anything some of the deliveries were too good for the batsman, and his nine overs returned figures of 9-3-22-0, an unfair reflection on how well he had bowled.
Daniel Paul replaced Will and bowled some good deliveries, but the Box ground is an unforgiving place, especially to anything short and both Will and Daniel suffered. Andy Pierce was brought on for a change of pace and immediately brought about a wicket, with Edwards stumped for an unlikely 36. This brought an unusual batsman to the crease, a left-hander wearing right-handed gloves and playing just the one shot, the moo to cow corner. He took a liking to Piercy’s fare and took advantage of the short leg-side boundary. In the end he perished to Hodder’s teasing efforts, a well taken catch by Chris Ruddell, at the aforementioned milking parlour. With Chris Ruddell from one end and Hodder at the other, suddenly Marshfield gained a measure of control. At drinks it had seemed that 275 or more could have been on the cards, but now the runs dried up and for Chris at least wickets started to tumble.
First to go was Doyle, advancing down the track and nicking a very wide delivery to the surprised keeper, who had been about to complete the stumping. His second was trapped leg before, although in truth the delivery before was probably the better appeal. Next the dangerous Dolman was snaffled by a relieved Guy, who had earlier misjudged a skier from the slogger. Somewhere, Chris Middup would have felt a tremor in the force. With three in hand, the skipper encouraged him to change nothing and keep going, as a 5-for was there for the taking. Prophetic words – two quick stumpings later and a career first five wicket haul was in the bag. No need to stop there, in his last over he sneaked one through, bowling Rymer for 10. With a few overs left, Daniel and Will returned and both were rewarded with a wicket, with Box all out for 214 in 44.4 overs.
After a very beige tea (and real sausage rolls!) Marshfield set about the chase, Richard joined by the evergreen Martin Roper, who had toiled manfully up the slope in the field. Perhaps this contributed to the brevity of his innings as he departed caught at mid-off for a duck. The cricket manager now joined the run machine, but could not find his fluency of the previous week (ten boundaries in a score of 43), and he was leg before wicket for 5, possibly a trifle unlucky. Other than Richard, all the batsmen were finding runs hard to come by. Terry batted for a while, clearly hampered by an injured knee, but perished for 4. Daniel (6) and Callum (7) too departed too soon, and Marshfield were 95-5 and struggling.
Will Christie now counter-attacked, in the manner of a shorter and less bearded Moeen Ali with a range of swashbuckling hitting (surely ‘cross-batted slogging’ – Ed) and runs now began to flow at both ends. It came to an end all too soon with Will bowled for 29 and the score at 141-6, still 74 runs short. Piercy turned back the clock with some cracking shots and judicious running (no doubt thoughts of Blundsden in his head) and the score climbed to 172. But now the calamity. Richard had been sublime, mixing strong punishment of bad balls, notably anything straying down the leg with some good running to keep the scoreboard ticking. Excitement mounted amongst the watching 3rd’s as he neared his second century of the season. On 99 he went for a lofted off drive, alas for once the timing was poor and he holed out to a deep mid-off. His disappointment was compounded as he was informed of his score (answering the question of whether he was a ‘counter’ or not in the negative, and costing your correspondent £10…) ‘I’d never have played that shot if you’d told me I was on 99…’ he wailed.
Was all hope lost? Sensing a need for some quick runs, with overs now becoming an issue, Wozza was elevated up the order and told to swing. This correspondent is not convinced that being bowled for 1 was what the captain was after. Piercy was now joined by Chris “6-for” Ruddell, he of the long vigil against Trowbridge. Could these two get over the line? No, Pierce now departed caught for 11, bringing the skipper to the crease (batting at 11 to protect an injury). He first ensured that the next batting point was achieved, pushing the score past 175 and then that Marshfield were not bowled out (surely ‘hogging the strike and playing for his average’ – Ed). One crunched drive to the mid-on boundary was never going to be enough and Marshfield fell 30 runs short, 184 for 9.
As often before Marshfield’s lack of strength in depth in the batting line-up cost the game. Box is a hard ground to keep scores down, with a fast and sloping outfield and some short boundaries, so 214 is a gettable total. The spin twins spell in the heart of the Box innings certainly kept the total a long way short of the 275-300 that looked possible at drinks.
MoM to Chris for his superb bowling, and a good catch, with an honourable mention for Richard’s quality 99, without which Marshfield would have succumbed to a heavy defeat.
The Pankaj Singh award for fruitless bowling goes to Warren.
The Dickie Bird trophy for Martin’s long stint umpiring.
*Mike Atherton was twice dismissed in Test matches on 99, against Australia in 1993, where he famously slipped and was run out, and against South Africa the following year where he was caught and bowled.
|Type :||League: WCCL Division 8 - 2017||Date :||Saturday 15th July 2017|
|Toss:||Marshfield CC - 3rd XI won the toss and elected to field||Start Time:||13:00|
|Ground:||The Recreation Ground||Rules Type:||Standard|
Box: I.Doyle 45 Marshfield: C.Ruddell 9-2-27-6; R.Guy 99; T.Woodman 3 stumpings and 1 catch
Result: Box CC - 2nd XI - Won by 30 runs
|Box CC - 2nd XI||Marshfield CC - 3rd XI|
|Score||214 all out (44.4 overs) 'b'||184 for 9 (45 overs) 't'|
Box CC - 2nd XI Batting
|1||Neil Pettit||st Tim Woodman||b Chris Ruddell||17||0||0||0|
|2||T Edwards||st Tim Woodman||b Andrew Pierce||36||0||0||0|
|3||Ian Doyle†||ct Tim Woodman||b Chris Ruddell||45||0||0||0|
|4||Dave ?||ct Chris Ruddell||b Gary Hodder||33||0||0||0|
|5||Colin Edwards||lbw||b Chris Ruddell||26||0||0||0|
|6||Kevin Dolman||ct Richard Guy||b Chris Ruddell||9||0||0||0|
|7||M. Shackleford||b Daniel Paul||12||0||0||0|
|8||Ben Richardson*||st Tim Woodman||b Chris Ruddell||0||0||0||0|
|9||Richard Rymer||b Chris Ruddell||10||0||0||0|
|10||Tim Cundick||b Will Christie||10||0||0||0|
|11||G Young||not out||0||0||0||0|
|Extras lb (2), w (13), nb (1)||16|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||2||0|
Marshfield CC - 3rd XI Batting
|1||Richard Guy||ct Dave ?||b Neil Pettit||99||12||0||0|
|2||Martin Roper||ct Neil Pettit||b Richard Rymer||0||0||0||0|
|3||Gary Hodder||lbw||b Ben Richardson||5||1||0||0|
|4||Terry Bishop||b G Young||4||0||0||0|
|5||Daniel Paul||ct Dave ?||b G Young||6||0||0||0|
|6||Callum Duckett||b Kevin Dolman||7||0||0||0|
|7||Will Christie||b Tim Cundick||29||4||0||0|
|8||Andrew Pierce||ct T Edwards||b Ben Richardson||11||1||0||0|
|9||Warren Shipp||b Neil Pettit||1||0||0||0|
|10||Chris Ruddell||not out||1||0||0||0|
|11||Tim Woodman*†||not out||5||1||0||0|
|Extras b (2), lb (7), w (5), nb (2)||16|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets
2-1 Martin Roper (Richard Guy-2*); 30-2 Gary Hodder (Richard Guy-22*); 47-3 Terry Bishop (Richard Guy-35*); 75-4 Daniel Paul (Richard Guy-54*); 95-5 Callum Duckett (Richard Guy-66*); 141-6 Will Christie (Richard Guy-82*); 172-7 Richard Guy (Andrew Pierce-11*); 173-8 Warren Shipp (Andrew Pierce-11*); 174-9 Andrew Pierce (Chris Ruddell-1*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||9||0|