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As I settled into my fourth beer of the evening following Saturday’s chastening defeat at the hands of Wootton Bassett, alcohol was successfully numbing the pain of the season’s curtain raiser and we'd successfully managed to avoid it as a topic of conversation for a full hour. That was until I was greeted with a drunken whisper from Marshfield's most intense man, “Don’t worry mate, there are still definitely positives we can take away from today”.
He was 10 pints of Bira Moretti to the good at the time and wearing ear muffs and sunglasses indoors at 11 pm, so I can take solace from the fact he was evidently not in full possession of his faculties. Which is a good thing, because without wishing to deliberately contradict him, positives were few and far between!!
Match reports are always a dry read; most of them are either horribly gloating in victory (see the 2015 report of our away fixture versus Burbage), or desperately sour in defeat (I have no evidence to support this because usually when we lose, I sulk and don’t write them!!).
So… While our own extras column certainly gives me a good reason to be bitter about Saturday’s game, the first thing to emphasise is that Bassett were good value for their win. They bowled 2 wides, 1 no ball, took their catches and picked up 2 run outs during our innings. In contrast, we bowled 34 wides, 17 no balls and dropped 3 catches… The visitor’s standout performer was Charanveer Chahal, who bludgeoned 47 from 39 balls, picked up 3 wickets with some impressive leg spin and took 2 catches, all on debut.
Fair do's to him - the performance led to me reminiscing about my own first-team debut against Malmesbury back in 2002. I dropped a catch, was caught at point for 0, ate 22 mini onion bhajis at tea and was told by Keith Pullin that I was so slow in the field, it looked like I was running backwards. I didn’t let his cruel words get the better of me though and ate an entire malt loaf and half a Victoria sponge at Woodmancote away the following week.
Returning to the weekend’s action, there’s not too much to discuss; they got a lot and we didn’t get as many. Begrudgingly, I’ll acknowledge a couple of 'positives'; the tea from Mrs Cox was exceptional as ever, Captain Cox was there and more importantly, Matt Cox wasn’t (he’s doing a masters); Lachie picked up some debut wickets; Roy bowled a decent spell and proceeded to tell everyone about it, even though we lost; and Pasc whacked a few. In the event we manage a victory in our next game, I promise to return to my tried and tested report format, in which I largely abuse members of my own team and write a bit more about cricket. Unfortunately, though this week, there wasn’t a lot to write about from a Marshfield perspective!
As always with my reports, I like to acknowledge my player of the week, which certainly isn’t going to be an MCC player this week. It should probably go to Charanveer for such an impressive debut, but this is amateur cricket, so cricketing performances alone count for nothing. Instead, this week's award goes to Jack Paish. We like Jack Paish. He whacks a few 6’s, engages in fights on Twitter about WEPL cricket, calls Burny out for being far too keen, bites when we tell him he’s got no arm, and then gives us all a massive 'shusssshhhh' when he runs out Deej from the boundary 3 balls later! Congratulations Jack; we fully expect you to maintain this level of crowd interaction throughout the season.
Next up is Devizes, who luckily for us, also struggled this weekend; rolling Marlborough for 48 and winning by 10 wickets… Another 'positive’…
Until next week.
Marshfield CC - 1st XI Vs Royal Wootton Bassett CC - 1st XI
|Type||League: West of England Premier Cricket League - WEPL Wiltshire 2018||Rules Type||Standard|
|Ground||Broadleys||Date||Saturday 5th May 2018|
|Toss||Marshfield CC - 1st XI won the toss and elected to field||Start Time||12:30|
Result: Royal Wootton Bassett CC - 1st XI - Won
|Marshfield CC - 1st XI||Royal Wootton Bassett CC - 1st XI|
|Score||250 for 10 (47.5 overs)||289 for 8 (50 overs)|
Royal Wootton Bassett CC - 1st XI
|Darren Beasant*||lbw||b Cameron Walker||21||3||0||54|
|Asanka Vithanage||ct Patrick Grieshaber||b Lachlan Tyler||18||3||0||21|
|Jack Twine†||run out (Cameron Walker)||50||4||2||73|
|Charanveer Chahal||b Lachlan Tyler||47||5||2||39|
|Jordan Butler||b Lachlan Tyler||5||0||0||8|
|Sam Lawro||ct Patrick Grieshaber||b Calum Burnstone||17||0||0||40|
|Jack Paish||lbw||b Tom Clist||45||1||3||46|
|Akash Sharma||ct James Williams||b Calum Burnstone||7||0||0||13|
|Robbie Pamphilon||not out||17||1||1||14|
|Kian Chivers||not out||3||0||0||10|
|Mark Lazenby||did not bat|
|Extras||lb (12), w (34), nb (17)||63|
|* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper||Overs||50|
Fall of Wickets :54-1 Asanka Vithanage (Darren Beasant-11*); 72-2 Darren Beasant (Jack Twine-7*); 173-3 Charanveer Chahal (Jack Twine-44*); 189-4 Jordan Butler (Jack Twine-49*); 192-5 Jack Twine (Sam Lawro-1*); 252-6 Sam Lawro (Jack Paish-38*); 266-7 Akash Sharma (Jack Paish-43*); 270-8 Jack Paish (Robbie Pamphilon-2*);
|* = not out batsman|
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||12||1|
Marshfield CC - 1st XI
|William Pascall||b Charanveer Chahal||50||4||4||66|
|Patrick Grieshaber†||ct Charanveer Chahal||b Asanka Vithanage||33||5||1||33|
|Ben Gardner||b Kian Chivers||12||2||0||26|
|Jeremy Bond||run out (Asanka Vithanage)||17||2||0||23|
|Calum Burnstone||lbw||b Charanveer Chahal||6||0||0||16|
|Dave Jenkins||run out (Jack Paish)||49||6||0||56|
|Lachlan Tyler||lbw||b Charanveer Chahal||5||1||0||10|
|James Williams*||ct Charanveer Chahal||b Jordan Butler||30||4||0||30|
|Sam Jukes||not out||19||2||0||17|
|Cameron Walker||st Jack Twine||b Akash Sharma||7||0||0||7|
|Tom Clist||b Kian Chivers||4||0||0||4|
|Extras||b (4), lb (11), w (2), nb (1)||18|
|* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper||Overs||47.5|
Fall of Wickets :67-1 Patrick Grieshaber (William Pascall-33*); 96-2 Ben Gardner (William Pascall-50*); 96-3 William Pascall (Jeremy Bond-0*); 116-4 Calum Burnstone (Jeremy Bond-10*); 125-5 Jeremy Bond (Dave Jenkins-0*); 136-6 Lachlan Tyler (Dave Jenkins-4*); 186-7 James Williams (Dave Jenkins-20*); 232-8 Dave Jenkins (Sam Jukes-12*); 245-9 Cameron Walker (Sam Jukes-18*); 250-10 Tom Clist (Sam Jukes-19*);
|* = not out batsman|
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||15||2|
|Umpires||Mark Bray, Phil Russell|
|Scorers||Jonathan Burnstone, Karen Cleveland|