"catches win matches"
Potterne’s 4th XI play at the delightful Bishops Cannings CC in Coate. A bit of schlep from Marshfield but well worth the journey for the experience of a lovely ground, fast and smooth outfield, more than decent track, and a new pavilion with the best showers in the league. With the holiday season taking its toll, “selection” again involved a substantial amount of texting and cajoling. However, the final eleven that took the field at the start of the match looked the part, more or less, and Dicko and Ilo opened the proceedings in typical fashion: a maiden for Mr. Line-and-Length followed by 14 off young Rob’s first 6 (or was it 7?) balls.
Happily, though, there was not to be a repeat of the 3rd’s previous week where (I’m told, as I was at Purton with the 2nd XI, from which I had been ruthlessly axed) the oppo rattled up 80-odd off the first 10 overs. Instead, the MCC bowlers got a grip: Ilo causing all sorts of bother and the skipper picking up two wickets, one a sharp catch by new stumper, Tim Woodman, standing up.
Chris Middup’s slow left-arm was then introduced as first change, Dicko having been obviously impressed by his figures from last week’s game (0.1-0-0-1). The move was quickly justified as Tim produced a sharp piece of glovework to stump the Potterne no. 4 for a duck. A threatening stand then developed, despite more tight bowling from Chris and new recruit, Nikhil, before the former switched to ‘bamboozle’ mode and took three wickets in quick succession, all bowled.
Despite a short period of recovery from the Potterne lower order, it was not too long before young Middup completed his 5-for, recording the excellent analysis of 12-2-36-5. With 7 wickets now down, I don’t need to tell you who brought himself back into the attack. This week, for a change, however, this part of the story is not about him (although he did take the wicket). The obdurate Potterne no. 7 was beginning to make a nuisance of himself when he launched Dicko wide to the right of mid-on where the aforementioned fielder set off a stately gallop, presumably to show willing, but mostly anticipating a bit of ball fetching from the boundary. But then something extraordinary occurred: the mid-on’s valiant scampering had brought him unexpectedly close to the descending projectile prompting a Daley-esque dive (with a half- twist), the extension of a seemingly prehensile right hand, and the clasping of the ball inches above the turf! Cue look of astonishment and disbelief on fielder’s and batsman’s faces, respectively, at this unique and surely never-to-be-seen again piece of agility. Should anyone wish to hear a longer version of this vignette, both group and individual sessions are available in the club house next Saturday or, if you can’t wait, at nets/selection on Tuesday.
[I have decided not edit Richards description of his catch, though in fairness it was a bit OTT for what was a regulation mid-on catch that I, who will freely admit to being possibly one of the worst fielders in the league, will have been disappointed to drop. And a warning if you don’t want “Uncle Albert” rambling madly on at you for several hours don’t ask him about it….Ed]
After this excitement, the rest of the Potterne innings was quickly over but not without two points of note. As they did in the first encounter at the Withy, the oppo fielded a young (but different) woman in their XI. Avid readers of these accounts will recall how Dicko was run out in the home match… this time he was humiliatingly smashed through extra cover by the batswoman and unable to break through her impressive defence. Even better, though, was our captain’s instruction at the end of one of his final overs to make sure that we “stop the one” to ensure that the next over was bowled at the weaker batter. In we came, then, on our toes, only for the delivery to be deposited long over long on for the biggest hit of the day! Laugh, we almost… well, you know. Still, he saved the single, it must be said.
So, our target was a modest 114, rendered a little more challenging by an excellent and copious tea. The opening attack was steady but Ilo and your correspondent had 20 on the board without any bother before the former was adjudged leg before. Another quick wicket went down bringing Ed Brown to the crease for only his second game of the season. Resolute defence coupled with judicious dispatch of the bad ball by the MCC batters then moved the score to 89-2, well within sight of the target before (you’ve guessed it) three wickets went down for zero runs added. Much scurrying around in the dressing room ensued while, out in the middle, Derek Watkins and Chris Middup, nurdlers extraordinaires, were serenely nudging us home to a “comfortable” 5-wicket victory and in the pub for 7 pm. How cool was that?
MoM goes to Chris for his brilliant spell of bowling. Champagne moment to mid-on (see above). Two games to go, next week away to H&SV.
Result: Marshfield CC - 3rd XI - Won by 5 wickets
Toss: Potterne CC - 4th XI won the toss and elected to bat
Ground: Bishops Cannings CC
Potterne CC - 4th XI
|1||Andrew Genever*||ct Tim Woodman||Mark Dixon||8||0||0||0|
|2||C Garbutt||bowled||Chris Middup||28||0||0||0|
|3||Tom Joyce||bowled||Mark Dixon||0||0||0||0|
|4||Mark Wrigley||st Tim Woodman||Chris Middup||0||0||0||0|
|5||Jonathan Rose+||bowled||Chris Middup||19||0||0||0|
|6||Hugh Vaughan-Jones||bowled||Chris Middup||0||0||0||0|
|7||David Evans||ct Richard Guy||Mark Dixon||20||0||0||0|
|9||Craig Fisher||bowled||Mark Dixon||4||0||0||0|
|10||Z Cutler||not out||1||0||0||0|
|11||H Morgan||bowled||Rob Iles||9||0||0||0|
|Byes (3), Wides (7), No Balls (2)||
Marshfield CC - 3rd XI
|1||Richard Guy||ct Jonathan Rose||C Garbutt||52||9||0||0|
|2||Rob Iles||lbw||H Morgan||14||2||0||0|
|3||Andy Wills||ct Unsure||Craig Fisher||1||0||0||0|
|4||Ed Brown||st Jonathan Rose||Andrew Genever||16||2||0||0|
|5||Simeon Townend||bowled||C Garbutt||0||0||0||0|
|6||Chris Middup||not out||10||1||0||0|
|7||Derek Watkins||not out||15||1||0||0|
|8||Mike Threadgill||did not bat||-||-||-||-|
|9||Mark Dixon*||did not bat||-||-||-||-|
|10||Tim Woodman+||did not bat||-||-||-||-|
|11||Nikhil Bhalla||did not bat||-||-||-||-|
|Byes (3), Leg Byes (1), Wides (2)||
Fall of Wickets
|20-1 Rob Iles (Richard Guy-6*); 27-2 Andy Wills (Richard Guy-10*); 89-3 Richard Guy (Ed Brown-16*); 89-4 Ed Brown (Simeon Townend-0*); 89-5 Simeon Townend (Chris Middup-0*);|
|* = notout batsman|