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Westbury Defeat 3rd's in Close game

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On yet another baking hot day in haec aestas mirabilis Marshfield 3rds lost a tight encounter with Westbury and District 3rds by 2 wickets with just one ball to spare. Despite posting a total that on most occasions at Tormarton would be competitive, the unusually dry conditions and for once short outfield suggested that 173 was perhaps 25 runs short and probatum est.

Jim, proving himself yet again an excellent tosser, won and elected to bat. The Marshfield openers average age was perhaps a little high, but not as high as the age-gap between them, with the honourable Professor Guy boasting around 50 years more life experience than the youthful Josh Gay. Alas, a hoped-for epic partnership of Guy and Gay did not materialise. Richard, being fed a diet of long hops and full tosses rapidly plundered two boundaries but then, with a horrified, haunted look, gently pulled a further long hop to backward of square, and his Butleresque cameo was done. Not to be outdone, your correspondent strode out, faced one ball and then returned to the pavilion, undone by a fullish pitched ball that reared alarmingly, took a glove and looped to gulley. Two first balls in a row are starting to erode the confidence…

So astonishingly, considering the less than challenging nature of the opening over, Marshfield were now 8-2 at barely 1.05 pm. Young Josh was joined by George ‘Princess’ Pollitt, for once not nursing a hangover, and the two gradually eased into a partnership. Josh played nicely for his 9, looked comfortable for the most part, before departing with the score at 56. Two more quick wickets, Chris Ruddell and the Princess, who had never really looked fluent, and suddenly Marshfield were back into the mire, at 77-5.

The innings was rescued in the short term by the two Ollies, Rogers-Jones and Hendy. Their 45 run partnership included some crunching boundaries, but too often included long becalmed stretches, including one run a 30 or more balls without a run. It is certainly true that the pitch held some demons, but the bowling was never especially threatening. After the Ollie Double-Barrelled missed a straight one, the other Ollie was joined by Callum, who succeeded in raising the temp with four excellent boundaries. At the close Marshfield were 173 for 7.

After the now customary sumptuous tea, Westbury set about chasing down the required runs.

Early wickets proved elusive, and it fell to Graham Tanner as the first change to affect the breakthrough, inducing a swirling skier from Mawson which was well poached by Chris Ruddell. Graham then removed Shallow, leaving Westbury at 62-2, and with Nitz favouring the bottom hand it seemed that more wickets might quickly follow. However, some steady batting and a handful of luck allowed a partnership to form, taking the total to 126 before Ollie Double-Barrelled grasped a sharp caught and bowled chance at the second attempt. With limited runs to play with it seemed that Westbury would ease to victory, however for 162-3, the visitors collapsed to 172-8, and the wickets also reduced the scoring rate, so that Westbury entered the last over still needing 3 for the win. Despite some accurate bowling from George Pollitt, on the penultimate ball, Higgins beat the close field and the game was done. George finished with two wickets, Ollie Rog with three.

The total of 173 was clearly too few with the dry outfield at Tormarton. Marshfield could claim to have been slightly unlucky, although too many poor shots certainly contributed.

MoM Ollie Double-Jones for his attacking batting, tidy bowling and catch.

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Tim Wooman

 

Fixture Details

Type : League: Wiltshire County Cricket League - Division 8 2018 Date : Saturday 30th June 2018
Toss: Marshfield CC - 3rd XI won the toss and elected to bat Start Time: 13:00
Ground: Tormarton CC Rules Type: Standard

Highlights :

Westbury: S.Nitz 61

Result Summary

Result:    Westbury & District CC, Wilts - 3rd XI - Won by 2 wickets

  Marshfield CC - 3rd XIWestbury & District CC, Wilts - 3rd XI
Score 173 for 7 (45 overs) 'b' 't' 176 for 8 (44.5 overs)

Marshfield CC - 3rd XI

Batting

 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Richard Guy ct Pete Seviour b  Sam Nitz 8 2 0 5
2 Josh Gay ct Richard Oakley b  Christian Knott 9 0 0 0
3 Tim Woodman ct James Mawson b  Sam Nitz 0 0 0 1
4 George Pollitt ct Richard Oakley b  Christian Knott 22 4 0 0
5 Chris Ruddell ct Dan House b  Pete Seviour 5 1 0 0
6 Oliver Rogers-Jones   b  Keilo Shallow 31 3 1 0
7 Oliver Hendy not out   29 2 0 0
8 Callum Duckett   b  Dan House 25 4 0 0
9 Graham Tanner not out   2 0 0 0
10 Jim Creed* did not bat          
11 Will Christie did not bat          
Extras       b (11), lb (3), w (22), nb (6) 42  
Total 173  
Wickets 7  
Overs 45  

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

8-1 Richard Guy (Josh Gay-0*); 8-2 Tim Woodman (Josh Gay-0*); 56-3 Josh Gay (George Pollitt-15*); 62-4 Chris Ruddell (George Pollitt-16*); 77-5 George Pollitt (Oliver Rogers-Jones-8*); 122-6 Oliver Rogers-Jones (Oliver Hendy-0*); 164-7 Callum Duckett (Oliver Hendy-0*); 

* = not out batsman

Bowling

BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
Sam Nitz 6 0 23 2 0 0
Pete Seviour 9 1 28 1 0 0
Christian Knott 9 3 13 2 0 0
William Smith 7 1 17 0 0 0
Dan House 8 0 53 1 0 0
Keilo Shallow 6 1 21 1 0 0
Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 14 0
Total 45 6 169 7 0 0

Westbury & District CC, Wilts - 3rd XI

Batting

 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 James Mawson ct Chris Ruddell b  Graham Tanner 12 2 0 0
2 Sam Nitz st Tim Woodman b  George Pollitt 61 8 1 0
3 Keilo Shallow   b  Graham Tanner 19 4 0 0
4 Richard Oakley   ct & b Oliver Rogers-Jones 34 2 0 0
5 Christian Knott run out (Will Christie)   15 2 0 0
6 Dan House   b  Oliver Rogers-Jones 5 0 0 0
7 Ian Pothecary   b  Oliver Rogers-Jones 0 0 0 0
8 Simon Higgins not out   6 1 0 0
9 Philip Osborne* ct Oliver Hendy b  George Pollitt 0 0 0 0
10 Pete Seviour not out   0 0 0 0
11 William Smith did not bat          
Extras       b (6), lb (6), w (12) 24  
Total 176  
Wickets 8  
Overs 44.5  

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

34-1 James Mawson (Sam Nitz-14*); 62-2 Keilo Shallow (Sam Nitz-17*); 126-3 Sam Nitz (Richard Oakley-18*); 162-4 Richard Oakley (Christian Knott-13*); 168-5 Christian Knott (Unsure-0*); 168-6 Dan House (Unsure-0*); 171-7 Ian Pothecary (Unsure-0*); 172-8 Philip Osborne (Unsure-0*); 

* = not out batsman

Bowling

BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
Oliver Rogers-Jones 9 3 21 3 0 0
Callum Duckett 9 2 33 0 0 0
Graham Tanner 9 3 27 2 0 0
Will Christie 6 0 26 0 0 0
George Pollitt 8.5 1 39 2 0 0
Jim Creed 3 0 18 0 0 0
Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 12 1
Total 44.5 9 176 8 0 0

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