good batting performance not enough for 3rd xI
A great man, Sir Winston Churchill, once said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
F ollowing last weeks defeat to Devizes 3rds, the Marshfield 3rds turned up to Westbury’s “home” ground at Bratton Recreational Field. This state-of-the-art £8,000 lottery funded facility in the rolling hills of Wiltshire played theatre to what was to be a gripping show of cricket.
Cpt. Prof. Guy, complete with his cricketing “Quorum”, were to take to the field first following a successful coin toss. The sun was beaming in the sky, visibility was good, and the wicket was firm. Game on.
The Westbury openers carefully navigated the opening overs, maintaining a slow run rate. Dicko made the break through with an LBW, taking them to 2-1. An excellent start, as the opener left the field with a quack. Debate ensued amongst the field, as Dicko described the LBW as “Plum”, with Wicket keeper and Gully not so sure.
In came their 3rd man, Coleman. He changed the game in Westbury’s favour, putting on a 100 partnership with opener Steele. Wickets were not coming despite a good and accurate spell from Alan Chivers. The crowd, three young girls stereotypically hanging out by the monkey bars, was gripped in the drama.
Marshfield turned to 39 year veteran Andy Pierce to bowl up the hill, forcing the break through. Possibly the worst wicket of all time, the batsman swung wildly at the ball striking the ball against himself. The ball rolled sympathetically towards the wicket, striking with just enough force to dislodge the bails.
In came their 4th, Sam McQueen. All those hours in the cooler throwing a ball against a wall must have worked, as his eye was dead on the ball, knocking a quick-fire 52 not out. At the other end, Coleman, had made 104 before being caught off a very high ball by the stalwart Alan Chivers. That was to be the last wicket as Westbury put on 219-3.
Following a good tea, the Professor and the Commander opened the batting. This turned out to be only a flying visit for the Professor, as his wicket was taken with Marshfield at 3-1. Time to start the team rain dance.
Dicko came in, looking to build on the relationship him and the Commander put together last week. This turned out to be a fruitful partnership, as 73 runs were put on before Dicko’s wicket was taken. Terry Bishop came on in his place. Like being fired from the head of the BBC, this turned out to be very lucrative, putting on an 83 partnership. The field was well spread, preventing boundaries. A sea of singles ensued. The occasional boundary was greeted by an Ali G style respect fist bump by the two young gentlemen in the creases. This was met with scorn, distain and ridicule from Dicko, jealous that the Commander had found a new partner.
With boundaries at a premium, the game was slipping away from Marshfield. The commander then fell for 69.Willsy came into the game with a few overs left, but the run rate had escaped us. Marshfield 3rds finished on 187-3, Fine batting figures, something the NZ test team would kill for, but just not enough on this occasion.
Champagne Moment: Dicko getting sledged by the umpire, questioning whether it was him or his Mrs having a baby, after some “nimble” fielding.
Special Mention: Terry Bishop scoring 23 singles in a row.
|Type :||League: Wilts League Division 7 - 2013||Date :||Saturday 18th May 2013|
|Toss:||Marshfield CC - 3rd XI won the toss and elected to field||Start Time:||14:00|
|Ground:||Bratton Cricket ground||Rules Type:||Standard|
Highlights :Westbury - Rich Coleman - 104, Sam McQueen 52* Marshfield - Martin Roper 69, Terrance Bishop 42*, Mark Dixon 40
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|Westbury & District CC, Wilts|
|Westbury & District CC, Wilts - 3rd XI||Marshfield CC - 3rd XI|
|Score||219 for 3 (45 overs) 'b'||187 for 3 (45 overs) 't'|
|1||Jason Steele||b Andrew Pierce||25||1||0||0|
|2||Kane Scott||lbw||b Mark Dixon||0||0||0||0|
|3||Richard Coleman†||ct Alan Chivers||b Mark Dixon||104||14||1||0|
|4||sam mcqueen||not out||52||2||3||0|
|5||Chris Bush||not out||17||2||0||0|
|6||Thomas Duncan||did not bat|
|7||Philip Osborne*||did not bat|
|8||Ian Pothecary||did not bat|
|9||Jacob Bullus||did not bat|
|10||Adam Osborne||did not bat|
|11||Simon Higgins||did not bat|
|Extras b (4), lb (3), w (9), nb (5)||21|
* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets2-1 Kane Scott (Jason Steele-0*); 107-2 Jason Steele (Richard Coleman-66*); 163-3 Richard Coleman (sam mcqueen-15*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||7||0|
|1||Richard Guy*||b Jason Steele||1||0||0||0|
|2||Martin Roper||b Ian Pothecary||69||5||0||0|
|3||Mark Dixon||ct Richard Coleman||b Adam Osborne||40||8||0||0|
|4||Terry Bishop||not out||42||2||0||0|
|5||Andy Wills†||not out||14||1||0||0|
|6||Kartar Singh||did not bat|
|7||Matthew Green||did not bat|
|8||Ed Brown||did not bat|
|9||Mike Threadgill||did not bat|
|10||Alan Chivers||did not bat|
|11||Andrew Pierce||did not bat|
|Extras b (1), lb (5), w (13), nb (2)||21|
* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets3-1 Richard Guy (Martin Roper-2*); 76-2 Mark Dixon (Martin Roper-22*); 159-3 Martin Roper (Terry Bishop-32*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||6||0|