Marshfield CC 2nd XI Captains Report – Season 2018
Following our double promotion to Division 4 of the Wiltshire League, we started the season a little unsure of the likely standard of cricket we would be playing in. Our initial aim was to consolidate our position in Division 4 and perhaps push for a promotion spot. After a poor start, we soon picked up and with a final playing record of played 16, won 10, lost 4, with 1 cancelled and 1 abandoned we finished in the runners-up spot to secure a consecutive promotion.
The season started slowly with an early-season game at Corsham a victim of the rain and after consecutive defeats against Trowbridge, who were to finish as undefeated league winners, and our close rivals Devizes a promotion place looked some way off. However, after this poor start, we quickly found our form with 6 victories on the bounce and it became clear that promotion was a realistic aim. The return fixture at Trowbridge provided another setback but another winning streak took us to the brink of promotion. With one win needed from the last 2 games, an unusually strong Nationwide House side beat us at home, meaning we faced a tense final day at Royal Wootton Bassett where a win or 8 bonus points would guarantee promotion. With a strong team, we arrived full of confidence but poor batting reduced us to 127 for 8 and much biting of the nails! But the tail wagged and we somehow managed to secure maximum batting points and after taking early wickets in the Bassett innings we had secured the required points to secure promotion, finally managing to sneak a win by just 7 runs to round off an excellent season.
As in recent years, the batting was our strong point as we again scored more batting points than any other team in the Division. After a slow start, Kevin Hendy blazed his way to the board with an impressive return of 541 runs, including a memorable 169* at Broadleys against Corsham together with 3 fifties. The reliable opening partnership of Glenn Perry with 429 runs and Dan Watson with 392 runs provided the runs at the top of the order, Glenn recorded 3 fifties with Dan scoring 2 fifties. After an impressive start to the season, Russell Lodge scored a stylish 298 runs in his limited appearances with 3 fifties with Todd Richardson also scoring a 50.
|Rank||Player||Games||Inns||Not Outs||Runs||High Score||Avg||50s||100s||Ducks||Strike Rate||Did Not Bat(%)|
|1||Kevin Hendy||15||14||3||541||169*||49.18||3||1||1||118.82||1(6.67 %)|
|2||Glenn Perry||13||13||2||429||85*||39.00||4||0||2||38.79||0(0.00 %)|
|3||Daniel Watson||10||10||1||392||98||43.56||2||0||0||60.00||0(0.00 %)|
|4||Russell Lodge||7||7||1||298||98||49.67||3||0||0||29.41||0(0.00 %)|
|5||Colin Sinkins||14||11||4||183||43||26.14||0||0||1||20.00||3(21.43 %)|
|6||Matt Watson||11||10||0||147||37||14.70||0||0||1||65.66||1(9.09 %)|
|7||Todd Richardson||5||5||0||89||50||17.80||1||0||1||-||0(0.00 %)|
|8||George Pollitt||3||3||1||63||41||31.50||0||0||0||60.29||0(0.00 %)|
|9||Hamish Walker||3||3||0||57||29||19.00||0||0||0||58.00||0(0.00 %)|
|10||Andy Elliott||8||5||2||56||18||18.67||0||0||0||-||3(37.50 %)|
|11||Graham Tanner||13||5||4||55||29*||55.00||0||0||0||69.23||8(61.54 %)|
|12||Alastair Christie||5||4||0||54||30||13.50||0||0||0||73.47||1(20.00 %)|
|13||Rob Iles||9||4||2||52||28*||26.00||0||0||1||51.14||5(55.56 %)|
|14||Sam Jukes||3||1||0||41||41||41.00||0||0||0||-||2(66.67 %)|
|15||Matt Cox||4||2||1||36||35*||36.00||0||0||0||-||2(50.00 %)|
|16||Callum Duckett||6||4||1||27||12*||9.00||0||0||1||26.67||2(33.33 %)|
|17||Gary Hodder||8||3||1||12||5||6.00||0||0||0||20.00||5(62.50 %)|
|18||Oliver Rogers-Jones||2||1||0||12||12||12.00||0||0||0||-||1(50.00 %)|
|19||Charlie Chivers||13||4||4||10||4*||-||0||0||0||20.41||9(69.23 %)|
|20||Harry Steele||5||2||1||8||4||8.00||0||0||0||-||3(60.00 %)|
|21||Oliver Hendy||1||1||0||7||7||7.00||0||0||0||-||0(0.00 %)|
|22||Richard Guy||1||1||0||5||5||5.00||0||0||0||-||0(0.00 %)|
|23||Thomas Lamb||1||1||1||4||4*||-||0||0||0||-||0(0.00 %)|
|24||Ben White||1||1||1||0||0*||-||0||0||0||-||0(0.00 %)|
|25||Dave Jenkins||1||1||0||0||0||0.00||0||0||1||0.00||0(0.00 %)|
|26||Warren Shipp||1||0||0||0||-||0||0||0||-||1(100.00 %)|
|27||Will Christie||1||0||0||0||-||0||0||0||-||1(100.00 %)|
|28||Ben Sinkins||1||0||0||0||-||0||0||0||-||1(100.00 %)|
The bowling was again led by Charlie Chivers who retained the Board with 20 wickets, taking 3 or more wickets on 3 occasions. Closely behind was the leg spin duo of Glenn Perry with 19 wickets to go with his runs in an excellent all-round season, Matt Watson with 17 wickets and veteran Graham Tanner with 16 wickets. The outstanding performance of the season came from Glenn who ripped through the Trowbridge lower order in the home fixture to take 6 -21 including a memorable hat-trick to finish the innings. Other notable performances included Matt’s 4-14 to clean up the tail against Corsham and 3 wicket returns for Rob Iles, Graham Tanner and Sam Jukes.
|Rank||Player||Overs||Maidens||Runs||Wickets||Best Bowling||5 Wicket Haul||Economy Rate||Strike Rate||Average|
The successful season was based on the good availabilities enjoyed for the vast majority of the season, with the current playing strength of the club meaning that we regularly fielded a player or two of 1st team quality. Together with the array of experienced cricketers we have this gave us good strength throughout the team and when needed we were able to battle through some tricky situations. Close wins against Ramsbury by just 4 runs at home and 5 runs in the away fixture (although a rain-reduced target was largely responsible for this) and a narrow 7 run victory at Royal Wootton Bassett could easily have gone the other way but our strength in depth, particularly in the batting department, was able to see us through. Had these close games gone the other way things would have been much different. However we did play good cricket for much of the season and with our strength in depth fully deserved to finish in the second promotion spot.
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. Also, thanks go to Belinda and her team of tea ladies (and men) for continuing to provide us with such excellent teas. I would like to thank Rob Iles for his assistance as Vice-Captain and I would especially like to thank Ben White for his organisation of the teams and direction provided as cricket manager. Special thanks to two of the unsung heroes of the team, our scorer Julie Hendy and umpire Mike Threadgill. Having a scorer and umpire is a real bonus and is really appreciated by all of the team. Lastly, I would like to thank all the players for their support throughout the season in another enjoyable and successful season, we look forward to the challenges of Division 3 next year.
Final League Table
|Royal Wootton Bassett 2||16||7||7||0||2||68||60||15||226|
|Nationwide House 2||16||6||10||0||0||69||52||12||193|
4 points deducted from Devizes II due to a level 2 offence by one of their players.
MCC 2nd XI Awards 2018
Batsman of the Year
Despite a flying start from Russell Lodge who raced to an early lead with nearly 200 runs in his first 3 innings, limited appearances and a 1st team recall limited his opportunities to build on this start. Kevin Hendy struggled for early season form and even an outing in the 3rd team failed to find his form. But Kevin stuck to the task and with a little help from GP Cricket managed to hit top form to record an impressive 541 runs at an average of 49. His magnificent unbeaten 169 against Corsham was the highlight, clearly, he was in no mood to run on this occasion with no less than 140 of his runs (17 x 4’s and 12 x 6’s) being scored in boundaries!
Bowler of the Year
Charlie Chivers managed to keep the Board with a return of 20 wickets. On occasions Charlie bowled superbly, his opening spell at Trowbridge in which he dismissed 3 of the top 4 in taking 3-16 from his opening 5 overs was top class. The spin duo of Glenn Perry and Matt Watson both enjoyed good seasons with the ball. Matt’s decision to take up leggies again proved to be a wise move as he soon rediscovered the art of leg spin, bowling with flight and guile to become a consistent threat to opposition batsmen.
Fielder of the Year
Whilst many of the team are not as mobile as they used to be, most of the team still have safe hands when they are able to get to the ball. Several excellent catches were held with diving efforts from the Watson brothers being particularly memorable. As ever Rob Iles patrolled the outfield in his customary wholehearted style and special mention must be made of Callum Duckett who bought some much needed younger legs to the team and fielded very well. However, after finishing runner-up in both the batting and bowling categories, it is perhaps fitting that with his safe hands in the gully and excellent all-round fielding, with 9 catches and a crucial run out in the Ramsbury game, Glenn Perry takes the fielder of the year award.
Best Partnership of the Year
There were 5-century partnerships during the season. Dan Watson and Kevin Hendy featured in 3 of them, with the 138 between Kevin and Glenn Perry at home to Devizes being the highest. However, it was the efforts of the tail in two of our one wicket victories that will be best remembered. At Ramsbury, a below par 161-7 was on the board and with the clouds gathering a rain-reduced total looked probable. A late flurry was needed and Matt Cox took up the challenge. With a fine impression of being a batsman, Matt produced a series of crashing cover drives to add 45 runs for the seventh wicket with Andy Elliott and an unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 46 with Graham Tanner. A vital 91 runs were added which ensured we took the momentum going into the tea break and crucial in securing a 4 run victory after Ramsbury were given a rain-reduced target. At Royal Wootton Bassett the tail wagged again. At 127-8 things looked bleak but Hamish Walker, Rob Iles and Charlie Chivers managed to add a valuable 65 runs for the last 2 wickets to reach a competitive total of 192-9 which proved to be just enough as we claimed a narrow win by 7 runs.
Champagne Moment of the Season
Glenn Perry’s 6-21 against Trowbridge ended in memorable style. To face the hat-trick ball came Marshfield’s favourite Trowbridge player, Alex Tanner, whose high spirited celebrations in previous games had become legendary. Glenn’s hat-trick ball looked to pose no threat as Tanner pushed forward with a classic forward defensive. But it was, in fact, a perfect leg break as the ball spun sharply to pass through the gate to hit the middle stump and spark the celebrations. As Glenn led the team off the pitch to widespread applause, a look back to the wicket saw Tanner still holding his forward defensive pose at the crease, head down in a state of disbelief!
Award for holding your nerve!
At times of crisis, there is no substitute for experience. Never was this the case more than against Ramsbury in the away fixture. With just one wicket left and 4 runs needed for victory, the hosts looked favourites. Graham Tanner showed all his experience to keep bowling full and straight and clean bowled the final batsman to record the narrowest of victories. As if to prove this was no fluke, G-Tan repeated the feat against Royal Wootton Basset in the final game of the season, dismissing the final batsman to secure a 7 runs victory. Matt Watson similarly showed his experience in the home against Ramsbury, successfully defending 9 runs off the final over to seal a tense victory.
Award for getting it wrong, aka who said we have “The Strongest Second Team Ever!”
With availabilities good throughout the year, strong teams were the norm and on a couple of occasions with just about everybody available it was heard from several sources that we were putting out “the strongest second team ever”. The first of these occasions was at Trowbridge when we were reduced to 21-4, with the batting powerhouse of Hendy, Lodge and Jenkins managing a single run between them in a disappointing defeat. The final game of the season at Royal Wootton Bassett was also hailed as “the strongest second team ever”. Knowing maximum batting points would secure promotion, a batting collapse swiftly followed but fortunately, the tail wagged to recover the situation and secure the vital bonus points needed. In total contrast, the home fixture against Combe Down, who were unbeaten at the time and early season pacesetters, looked tricky with a very depleted side including a number of 3rd team regulars. On this occasion, a fine team effort saw everybody perform to record an excellent 6 wicket win. Never again do I want to hear that we are putting out the strongest second team ever!