Marshfield CC 3rd XI Captains Report – Season 2018
Close but No Cigar!
The 2018 season promised much before the onslaught, a new captain, the promise of new younger, fitter and talented youth and a balance of players moving down from teams above. It proved to be a deeply frustrating season on a number of counts not least the lack of a continuity of fixtures due to the demise of Box 2nd x1 and the partial implosion of Bath fords 2nds.
Played 16 won 10 lost 5 and 1 Abandonment
Fine wins against Calne 2nds, Goatacre 4ths and league leaders Avebury 2nds lead to a position of much hope but then the fixtures conspired against us with a home defeat to Westbury 3rds containing half off there 2nds from a rained off fixture, a 2nd home defeat from Avebury in the most competive fixture of the season and the loss of bumper points at Bathford due to the weather when the top 2 in the league had been forfeited results the evening before, with the league lost and a distant chance of promotion dwindeling, there was still time to beat Chippenham 4ths in a home fixture at Broadleys, a last show off defiance from a side which had contained more presence and control then many thought possible, with probably one of my most endearing moments been when I stopped Dicko rolling in from the top end at Tormarton as a player roundabout had formed at a perfect 45 degrees angle between meesers Rouse, Sandra fine leg and Ruddle, Chris square leg to discuss the actions of the previous delivery, a quick rebuke from the captain and we were underway again, captains control regained with the haunting ring of Andrew Pierce's warning at the beginning of the season warning myself that I would not stop the sheep from wandering. Point taken but not heeded.
With any season whether high or low there are always performances of note either from the expected or those of promise, Batting again was lead by the redoubtable Richard Guy whos fifty at Swindon 4ths was much to bravery and guts rather than usual craft and guile and the second half of the season saw the recruitment of Tony Trotman from the now-defunct Box 2nds, Tony, known by many for many years showed us his class by averaging a rather rude 83.50 for the season, not only a compliment to the team on the pitch but joined for a beer afterwards as well. On the Bowling front, we were treated to a close contest in wickets and average between the old, Mark Dixon and the new in Will Christie who eventually came out on top with 15 wickets to Marks 13. There were other notable performances especially with the ball from Ollie Roger Jones, Harvey Vellacott in a fine spell off 9 overs 3 for 15 and a memorable spell from that all action man and darn nice chap Rob Iles at Avebury of 9 overs 4 wickets for 3 runs.
We played as a team, even if my early pre-match chats were meet with a certain amusement, it leads to a certain organised state and I hope enjoyed by the social cricketers, thank you Charles for the catch against Westbury which secured the team a jug of the frothy stuff when we returned to Broadleys after the game, a shame about the other 2 dropped off Dickos bowling.
My thoughts after the end of the season in reflection are that results aside, it would have been great to have seen some more of the younger players either male or female, appearances from Harvey Vellacott, Josh Gay and Ben Sinkins were far apart and a shame, obvious talent that would blossom quicker with more game time, finally, my thanks go out to Tim Woodman, my Vice Captain, not only easing me into the role of captain when injury looked as if it was going to stop me playing but probably being one of the most selfless cricketers I know, he won all my votes for club man of the year and more, batted were I needed him, kept when and how the team progressed and organised the Teas without complaint, in no uncertain words the Best Vice-captain I have ever had when captaining at any level at Marshfield, thank you Tim and to all the players who have supported the 3rd team this season, we won more than we lost, we laughed more than we cried and we drank more than we should.
Final League Table 2018 WCCL Division 8
|Rank||Player||Games||Inns||Not Outs||Runs||High Score||Avg||50s||100s||Ducks||Strike Rate||Did Not Bat(%)|
|1||Richard Guy||11||10||0||364||67||36.40||2||0||0||54.46||1(9.09 %)|
|2||Tony Trotman||6||5||1||334||88||83.50||4||0||0||76.99||1(16.67 %)|
|3||Oliver Hendy||12||12||1||217||68||19.73||2||0||2||53.75||0(0.00 %)|
|4||Jim Creed||11||6||3||196||74||65.33||2||0||0||69.71||5(45.45 %)|
|5||Oliver Rogers-Jones||5||5||0||135||49||27.00||0||0||0||98.75||0(0.00 %)|
|6||Callum Duckett||8||8||0||92||25||11.50||0||0||0||61.62||0(0.00 %)|
|7||Andy Elliott||3||3||1||89||62||44.50||1||0||0||96.88||0(0.00 %)|
|8||George Pollitt||4||4||1||75||39*||25.00||0||0||0||50.00||0(0.00 %)|
|9||Keith Pullin||3||3||0||75||36||25.00||0||0||0||94.74||0(0.00 %)|
|10||Tim Woodman||10||8||2||74||37*||12.33||0||0||2||58.49||2(20.00 %)|
|11||Chris Ruddell||14||11||1||73||31*||7.30||0||0||2||20.37||3(21.43 %)|
|12||Mark Woodman||1||1||0||44||44||44.00||0||0||0||115.79||0(0.00 %)|
|13||Gary Hodder||2||2||1||27||27||27.00||0||0||0||40.30||0(0.00 %)|
|14||Ben Sinkins||3||1||1||26||26*||-||0||0||0||-||2(66.67 %)|
|15||Mark Dixon||10||7||1||22||8||3.67||0||0||0||48.78||3(30.00 %)|
|16||Josh Gay||3||3||0||16||9||5.33||0||0||0||20.00||0(0.00 %)|
|17||Harry Steele||4||2||0||14||10||7.00||0||0||0||76.92||2(50.00 %)|
|18||Malcolm Miller||4||4||1||12||12||4.00||0||0||2||0.00||0(0.00 %)|
|19||Harvey Vellacott||4||2||1||12||9||12.00||0||0||0||85.71||2(50.00 %)|
|20||Kevin Hendy||2||2||0||10||10||5.00||0||0||1||62.50||0(0.00 %)|
|21||Rob Iles||3||2||0||8||8||4.00||0||0||1||44.44||1(33.33 %)|
|22||Will Christie||12||6||2||7||4*||1.75||0||0||2||21.88||6(50.00 %)|
|23||Simeon Townend||1||1||1||5||5*||-||0||0||0||-||0(0.00 %)|
|24||Nelson Reynolds||1||1||0||5||5||5.00||0||0||0||-||0(0.00 %)|
|25||Sandra Rouse||3||1||1||4||4*||-||0||0||0||50.00||2(66.67 %)|
|26||Ben White||3||2||1||3||3*||3.00||0||0||1||30.00||1(33.33 %)|
|27||Charles Harris||5||3||1||3||3||1.50||0||0||1||14.29||2(40.00 %)|
|28||Graham Tanner||2||1||1||2||2*||-||0||0||0||-||1(50.00 %)|
|29||Sam Duckett||1||1||0||2||2||2.00||0||0||0||-||0(0.00 %)|
|30||Warren Shipp||2||1||0||0||0||0.00||0||0||1||0.00||1(50.00 %)|
|31||Mike Threadgill||1||0||0||0||-||0||0||0||-||1(100.00 %)|
|Rank||Player||Overs||Maidens||Runs||Wickets||Best Bowling||5 Wicket Haul||Economy Rate||Strike Rate||Average|
|Rank||Player||Wicket Keeping Catches||Stumpings||Total Wicket Keeping Wickets||Fielding Catches||Run Outs||Total Fielding Wickets|