Wills Batting Secures 3rd XI Win

“There is nothing in this life that can destroy you but yourself. Bad things happen to everyone, but when they do, you can't just fall apart and die. You have to fight back. If you don't, you're the one who loses in the end. But if you do keep going and fight back, you win.”

- Alexandra Monir, Timeless


T his suitably describes the batting performance of the 3rd XI v Buscot before veteran Andy Wills (ably assisted by George/Ed Brown/Smith) did indeed fight back. 

But before all that it was a hot and sticky day down at Fortress Withymead where a buoyant 3rdXI gathered looking for a hat-trick of home wins against one of the few teams below us in the division. 


The skipper tried a flipper at the toss but it was superbly read by the opposition skipper and called correctly and condemned the 3rdXI to fielding in the height of the day’s heat.

As seen in the previous 2 games at Withymead the bowling and fielding was superb. Dixon (down the hill obviously) and Chivers Jnr opened the attack and conceded less than a run an over and took 1 wicket each. After 12 overs though the heat saw off Dixon and age saw off Chivers who bowled another tidy spell up the hill. James Ford had the honour of bowling down the hill and despite a few loose ones bowled quickly and accurately, regularly taking wickets, including the wicket of the injured yet dangerous Andrew Morbey who gathered an admirable 30 runs before Ford uprooted his off stump. Ford ended up with his first 5-fer for the club and it was well deserved. He’ll want to open the bowling downhill next!!

Rob Iles was not at his best at the other end but kept it tight enough to not allow the Buscot innings to gather any momentum before being replaced by Kartar Singh who help himself to a couple of wickets with his flight and guile. This left captain R.Morbey at the crease with a young looking number 11. He had dropped anchor and tried to protect his fellow batsman, to the extent of refusing a single of the last ball off Singhs 7th over. All in vein though as your correspondent had returned and as predicted to umpire Threadgill bowled Captain Morbey round the back of his legs with the 1st ball of the 40th over to bring the Buscot innings to a close on just a meagre looking 88.

Ford was also on tea duty and produced a model tea1. Perhaps a bit of over confidence crept into the MCC batsmen as they gorged themselves on a fine array of sandwiches and cakes….

Iles and Captain Guy strode confidently to begin the response facing the youthful P. Slack down the hill and the elder Townsend up the hill. Both bowlers bowled a reasonable line and length but didn’t look too threatening however it wasn’t long before Skip was back in the hutch to be followed in quick succession by the 3rds two leading run scorers, Roper Snr and Dixon, neither of whom managed to progress their seasons tally. This left the team reeling at 9-3. Mouldy came in and biffed a couple of fours before succumbing with the score just over 30. Another mini collapse saw Bishop Snr, Ford and Iles junior quickly following Mouldy back to the pavilion with the score at just 48 and most of the team probably fearing the worst. But cometh the hour, cometh the man.

Andy Wills strode out to the centre and immediately set about the Buscot attack. Scoring quickly with some fine strokes he showed the rest of the team how they should have played the Buscot bowlers - and made it look easy. Ed/George Brown/Smith was obviously inspired by Willsy and played his best innings for the club so far and the two of them steered the good ship 3rdXI home for a victory that was looking unlikely just quarter of an hour beforehand.

The skipper must have been delighted with the victory, the bowling and fielding and the performance of Willsy and Brown with the bat but the game yet again exposed the teams batting weakness. But the million dollar question is how to deal with it? Next week it’s yet another game at Fortress Withymead against bottom of the table Devizes and is another game we should be looking to win to secure mid-table mediocrity for the season.

Men of the Match must go to James Ford for his first 5 fer and trophy for the club and Andy Wills for taking a flaky batting performance by the scruff of the neck.

1 The weak Model T(ea) pun was told to your correspondent by a smug looking club treasurer back at the club house and insisted it was used in any match report. The look of disappointment as he was told Threaders had already thought of it was probably the Champagne moment of the day!

Mark Dixon

Fixture Details

Type : League: Wilts League Division 7 - 2013 Date : Saturday 6th July 2013
Toss: Buscot Park CC - Saturday 2nd XI won the toss and elected to bat Start Time: 14:00
Ground: Withymead Rules Type: Standard

Highlights :

Andy Wills 30 not out, James Ford 5-25

Result Summary

Result:    Marshfield CC - 3rd XI - Won by 3 wickets
  Marshfield CC - 3rd XIBuscot Park CC - Saturday 2nd XI
Score 89 for 7 (29.4 overs) 88 for 10 (40.1 overs) 'b' 't'
Game Points 0 0
Total Points 0 0

Buscot Park CC - Saturday 2nd XI


 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 M Townsend   b  Mark Dixon 0 0 0 0
2 Andrew Morbey ct Andy Wills b  James Ford 30 0 0 0
3 P. Farmer   b  Charlie Chivers 6 0 0 0
4 R Gardiner   b  James Ford 4 0 0 0
5 Unsure   b  James Ford 8 0 0 0
6 A Barron ct Ed Brown b  James Ford 0 0 0 0
7 R Morbey*   b  Mark Dixon 9 0 0 0
8 C Smith ct Martin Ould b  Kartar Singh 0 0 0 0
9 Christopher Cook   b  James Ford 2 0 0 0
10 L Townsend   ct & b Kartar Singh 11 0 0 0
11 P Slack not out   2 0 0 0
Extras       b (3), w (12), nb (1) 16  
Total 88  
Wickets all out  
Overs 40.1  

* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

2-1 M Townsend (Andrew Morbey-0*); 13-2 P. Farmer (Andrew Morbey-0*); 20-3 R Gardiner (Andrew Morbey-0*); 42-4 Unsure (Andrew Morbey-0*); 50-5 A Barron (Andrew Morbey-0*); 62-6 Andrew Morbey (R Morbey-0*); 66-7 C Smith (R Morbey-0*); 71-8 Christopher Cook (R Morbey-0*); 84-9 L Townsend (R Morbey-0*); 88-10 R Morbey (P Slack-0*); 

* = not out batsman


  BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 Mark Dixon 8.1 4 7 2 0 0
2 Charlie Chivers 6 2 8 1 0 0
3 James Ford 12 3 25 5 1 1
4 Rob Iles 7 1 24 0 8 0
5 Kartar Singh 7 0 21 2 3 0
  Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 3 0
  Total 40.1 10 88 10 12 1

Marshfield CC - 3rd XI


 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Richard Guy* ct Unsure b  P Slack 3 0 0 0
2 Rob Iles ct Unsure b  P. Farmer 16 1 0 0
3 Martin Roper   b  P Slack 0 0 0 0
4 Mark Dixon   b  P Slack 0 0 0 0
5 Martin Ould ct Unsure b  L Townsend 12 2 0 0
6 Terry Bishop ct Unsure b  P. Farmer 4 0 0 0
7 Ed Brown not out   15 2 0 0
8 James Ford lbw b  L Townsend 3 0 0 0
9 Andy Wills not out   30 4 0 0
10 Kartar Singh did not bat          
11 Charlie Chivers did not bat          
Extras       b (2), w (4) 6  
Total 89  
Wickets 7  
Overs 29.4  

* = Captain, + = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

8-1 Richard Guy (Rob Iles-5*); 8-2 Martin Roper (Rob Iles-5*); 9-3 Mark Dixon (Rob Iles-5*); 31-4 Martin Ould (Rob Iles-12*); 38-5 Terry Bishop (Rob Iles-15*); 39-6 Rob Iles (Ed Brown-0*); 48-7 James Ford (Ed Brown-6*); 

* = not out batsman


  BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 P Slack 8.4 1 26 3 2 0
2 L Townsend 12 3 23 2 0 0
3 P. Farmer 9 1 38 2 2 0
  Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 2 0
  Total 29.4 5 89 7 4 0


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