After the recent reorganisation of the Wiltshire league we found ourselves in Division 6 with some concerns about the likely standard of cricket we would be facing. We therefore started the season with the simple aim of securing promotion to improve the standard of cricket played by the 2nd XI. I am pleased to report that this aim was achieved and we finished the season as Division 6 champions, albeit by the narrowest of margins! Our final playing record was Played 18 Won 15 Lost 2 Cancelled 1.
Batting was once again our strength and scoring runs was, for the vast majority of the season, no real problem and we once again scored the most batting points in the league. No less than 10 batsmen averaged over 35 and it was only limited opportunities that prevented some batsmen from scoring more runs. Particularly memorable batting performances were the opening day successful record run chase of 294-6 at Beckington and in the first home game of the season a club record score of 397-4. Dan Watson was the leading run scorer with Kevin Hendy a close second, Kev proved to be a great acquisition for the team and quickly became a key member of the side. There were many performances of note with centuries from Dan Watson (plus 2 fifties), Andy Jenkins (plus 1 fifty) and maiden Marshfield centuries for captain Colin Sinkins (plus 1 fifty) and Kevin Hendy (plus 2 fifties) when they shared a 211 run partnership. Fifties were also scored by Russell Lodge (4), Glenn Perry (3), Matt Watson (3), Alistair Christie, Richard Guy and George Pollitt.
|Rank||Player||Games||Inns||Not Outs||Runs||High Score||Avg||50s||100s||Ducks||Did Not Bat(%)|
|1||Daniel Watson||12||12||1||498||143*||45.27||2||1||0||0(0.00 %)|
|2||Kevin Hendy||14||12||3||446||132*||49.56||2||1||1||2(14.29 %)|
|3||Glenn Perry||11||11||2||344||61||38.22||3||0||0||0(0.00 %)|
|4||Matt Watson||12||11||2||336||72||37.33||3||0||2||1(8.33 %)|
|5||Colin Sinkins||16||11||2||332||102||36.89||1||1||0||5(31.25 %)|
|6||Andy Jenkins||8||8||2||292||104*||48.67||1||1||1||0(0.00 %)|
|7||Russell Lodge||7||7||2||261||83||52.20||4||0||2||0(0.00 %)|
|8||Alastair Christie||3||3||2||98||69*||98.00||1||0||0||0(0.00 %)|
|9||Jim Creed||14||7||2||72||28||14.40||0||0||1||7(50.00 %)|
|10||Richard Guy||1||1||1||64||64*||-||1||0||0||0(0.00 %)|
|11||George Pollitt||3||3||0||57||57||19.00||1||0||2||0(0.00 %)|
|12||Hamish Walker||3||2||0||43||42||21.50||0||0||0||1(33.33 %)|
|13||Graham Tanner||15||5||5||42||17*||-||0||0||0||10(66.67 %)|
|14||Gary Hodder||1||1||0||40||40||40.00||0||0||0||0(0.00 %)|
|15||Calum Burnstone||2||1||0||39||39||39.00||0||0||0||1(50.00 %)|
|16||Rob Iles||13||5||1||37||17||9.25||0||0||1||8(61.54 %)|
|17||Ollie Rogers-Jones||5||2||2||29||28*||-||0||0||0||3(60.00 %)|
|18||Oliver Hendy||3||1||0||28||28||28.00||0||0||0||2(66.67 %)|
|19||Todd Richardson||1||1||0||25||25||25.00||0||0||0||0(0.00 %)|
|20||Andy Elliott||3||2||1||21||12*||21.00||0||0||0||1(33.33 %)|
|21||Charlie Chivers||14||3||1||1||1||0.50||0||0||1||11(78.57 %)|
|22||Keith Pullin||1||1||0||1||1||1.00||0||0||0||0(0.00 %)|
|23||Warren Shipp||7||1||1||0||0*||-||0||0||0||6(85.71 %)|
|24||Mike Threadgill||1||0||0||0||-||0||0||0||1(100.00 %)|
|25||Terry Bishop||1||0||0||0||-||0||0||0||1(100.00 %)|
|26||Callum Duckett||1||0||0||0||-||0||0||0||1(100.00 %)|
|27||Ben White||4||0||0||0||-||0||0||0||4(100.00 %)|
The bowling was led by the new ball pairing of Charlie Chivers and Rob Iles followed by Graham Tanner and Jim Creed with a variety of other bowlers providing support throughout the year. Charlie would surely have taken many more wickets had he remained fully fit for the latter half of the season but still managed to be the leading wicket taker with 24 wickets, closely followed by Graham on 23. On occasional 2nd team appearances Alistair Christie took 9 wickets including a match winning 6-25 at Bradford on Avon. Other notable performances included three wicket hauls for Charlie on five occasions, Graham three times, Jim twice and Glenn Perry, Ollie Rogers-Jones, Ben White and Russell Lodge.
|Rank||Player||Overs||Maidens||Runs||Wickets||Best Bowling||5 Wicket Haul||Economy Rate||Strike Rate||Average|
Our successful season was largely down to excellent availabilities, with the strength of the 1st team meaning we rarely lost players to them and also had the luxury of enjoying players of 1st team calibre in the team. This also meant we had a settled side which ensured that the team spirit was excellent. Whilst it must be recognised that the general standard of cricket we faced was not always that good, we did play some good cricket and in the few games we were in trouble dug deep and used the strength in depth of the team. There were of course a couple of disappointments along the way with the defeat at Burbage being the first. The biggest disappointment was in the title shoot-out at Devizes when a top order batting collapse the 3rd team would have been proud of saw us slump to a heavy defeat and our title ambitions shattered. However, Erlestoke did us a massive favour in beating Devizes the following week meaning we entered the final game of the season just 2 points clear at the top of the table. We managed to secure a final day victory and after an anxious wait and countless hits of the refresh button, the Divison 6 final table was updated to show us level on points with Devizes and, on the basis of most games won, Marshfield were champions!
Finally I would like to thank all those who help to make it possible. Thanks go to Andy Pierce for helping to prepare the ground and all those who work behind the scenes to enable cricket to be played. Thanks go to Belinda and her team of tea ladies (and men) for their excellent teas. I would like to thank Rob Iles for his assistance as Vice-Captain and I would especially like to thank Gary Hodder for his tireless efforts to ensure that we always have a full team. Special thanks to two of the most important but unsung heroes of the team, our scorer Julie Hendy and umpire Mike Threadgill. Lastly I would like to thank all the players for their support throughout the season, the team spirit has been absolutely first class in what was a very enjoyable and Championship winning season.
Final League table
|Burbage & Easton Royal 3||18||6||9||0||3||79||61||17||235|
|Heytesbury & Sutton Veny 2||18||5||10||0||3||48||71||14||201|
MCC 2nd XI Awards 2017
Batsman of the Year
Club legend Dan Watson led the board scoring 498 runs at an average of 45. His opening day unbeaten 143 in which he guided the teams chase of 297 was one of the best innings you could wish to see. Special mention must go to Kevin Hendy who in his first season pushed Dan all the way. Kevin displayed some brutal hitting at times, none more so than when after a circumspect start against his old Winsley colleagues he went wild with no less than 8 of his last 10 scoring shots clearing the ropes for 6!
Bowler of the Year
Charlie Chivers was determined to claim the Board and just pipped Graham Tanner to the top spot by 1 wicket. Graham would probably have taken many more wickets but his insistence on being too stiff to bowl until 20 overs had passed meant on several occasions the majority of the wickets had already been taken!
Fielder of the Year
The catching was generally good provided that, due to the age of the majority of the team, not too much distance needed to be covered to take the catch! Kevin Hendy even managed to grab some catches in the slips and behind the stumps Colin Sinkins had a good year with 13 catches and 8 stumpings. However, always the first man to be banished to the outfield on the biggest side of the ground on boundary patrol, for the number of runs he saved throughout the year Rob Iles is the fielder of the year.
Award for the Funniest Dismissal of the Season
It’s never good to laugh when one of your team-mates loses his wicket but sometimes you just have to! Jim Creed’s dismissal at Heytesbury when he managed to allow a double bouncer to go under his bat did raise a chuckle as he trudged back to the Pavilion and would normally take some beating. However there is a clear winner. On a very low and very slow wicket at Bradford on Avon and with the slowest bowler imaginable, the policy clearly seemed to be get forward, use the feet and advance down the wicket. But Kevin Hendy had other ideas and proceeded to play off the back foot going further and further back with each daisy cutter he faced. Finally the end came when Kev played a full blooded square cut, sadly the only connection was to destroy the wicket with the bails nearing the boundary and the ball settled at his feet. Even better the Wiltshire Times photographer captured the moment although Kev seems to have purchased all available copies of the issue!
Trophy for Commitment to the Cause
A special mention must go to Charlie Chivers whose desperate pursuit of the Board saw him refuse to miss any games through illness, despite the advice of some senior players who urged him to rest - Andy Jenkins claimed to have missed four seasons with the same illness! But there can be only one winner, we may not have had any sliding stops into the gravel car park this year but Rob Iles is the clear winner. His commitment to the cause is absolute each and every game and his vented frustration at failing to complete a piece of fielding nobody in the team would even attempt is legendary.
Award for Following the Captain’s Orders
Two candidates stand out for different reasons! On a tense final day of the season with every point precious, Glenn Perry strode to the wicket with just a few runs needed for victory and the Captain’s orders not to get out in order to ensure we claimed what would be a possibly vital extra batting point. Glenn promptly advanced down the wicket to the spinner in attempting to secure victory in style with a big six. With Glenn stranded out of his ground the Captain and his team were in disbelief only to be reprieved as the wicket-keeper missed the ball and the resulting byes secured victory and the precious extra point. But the award for carrying out of the Captain’s orders must go to Warren Shipp. In the Devizes debacle with the side 9 wickets down and having to face the final over of the innings, Wozza was ordered not to get out to prevent Devizes claiming an additional 2 bowling points. The spinner bowled ever higher, slower and more tempting than anything he had ever faced before but Wozza steadfastly refused to even offer a shot to anything wide to successfully negotiate the over. Two points saved from our title rivals which proved to be invaluable!
Award for Tales from the Cricket Field
With a number of early finishes and some far flung grounds visited, the opportunity to visit some of Wiltshire’s finest hostelries was available and was of course taken, it would have been rude not to! A number of country pubs were treated to an invasion of cricketers when tales from the cricket field soon followed. With the wealth of experience in the team it is no surprise that there are several contenders for this award. The Watson’s, Graham Tanner, Russell Lodge and Kev Hendy all had plenty of tales to tell, but the undisputed King of the storytellers is of course Jim Creed. Jim delighted in holding court and recalling his glory days when he tells us he really could play! Sadly Jim missed the last couple of games due to injury but it was good to have him along to our final game to umpire and then to join in the celebrations. We wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him on the cricket pitch next year when no doubt more cricketing tales will be forthcoming.