Comedy Dismissals Don't Help as 2nds Lose
Despite some serious shower action in the morning, the skies were mostly clear when Skipper Sinkins lost the toss once again and Marshfield were invited to have a bat. Just as well, given that only 8 of the designated 11 were present and correct as your correspondent and Vice-Skipper Ilo marched out into bright sunshine and a howling wind. The latter imparted some prodigious lateral movement making the timing of one’s shots even more challenging than usual. Rob started confidently and looked in good nick before following one that ignored the wind and was caught behind. Due to the late arrivals, Hodor was next in as a sort of “tea-watchman” and he immediately took root at one end for 4 overs straight and recorded an impressive strike rate of approximately16.70. Of course, this was too good to last and when finally forced down the other end, he jammed down on a yorker causing the ball to pop up, acquire a little back-spin and then use this to gently roll back onto the off peg with just enough oompf to jiggle the bail to the floor. Cruel.
Worse cruelty was to follow as Colin also perished (having appeared in sound form) in an even more bizarre fashion… Having missed a flick off his legs, he contrived to use his dangling back foot to intercept the passing ball and divert it back onto his stumps. A wobbly 48-3 became 51-4 as Glenn mis-hit a short one to give cover point a present and then 55-5 as Lord James of Creedshire reached as far as his arms could go to edge a wider-than-wide wide to first slip who held a pretty decent catch. Boop made a brief appearance that included the hardest and most sweetly timed square cut that went to the longest boundary in a hurry despite the fielder at cover getting both hands in the way. Unfortunately, a less sweetly struck attempted drive floated up in the air soon after and was not dropped (71-6).
The unlikely combination of the Bishop of Box and your scribe (combined age greater than 120 years and counting) then contrived to add 36 for the 7th wicket, the best stand of the innings, before was TB was yorked by the returning opening bowler for a defiant dozen. Next up was George Pollitt, nephew of the Cricket Manager and sprinkled with some of the Leicester stardust where he is a student. The young fella put bat to ball in as solid fashion as anyone, but was left stranded as the last three wickets went down in quick succession. MCC all out 131 in 42.2 overs.
While we ruminated on a total that was more than a little short, Wayne P simultaneously produced a tea to rival those of Professor Threadgill and fought off the unwanted attention of a mystery female admirer. As I didn’t personally witness the would-be tryst, I’ll refrain from letting my imagination run wild. However, there are several club members, who are more than willing to do so over a bevvy or two (see Colin for an appointment).
Charlie Chivers and Ilo opened the bowling, the former rattling off three successive maidens of top quality stuff, while the latter struggled into the relentless wind. Young George didn’t fare much better as first change for Rob and the score had reached 51 in the 11th over before Charlie made the breakthrough, the Burbage opener offering no shot to one that clattered into his off stump. In his next and final over, Charlie repeated the trick to bag a dangerous looking number 3 but, by now, the opposition were more than half-way to our score.
Glenn took over from George and his first over took a bit of a pounding including one very big and wind-assisted maximum from the other opening batsman. Ilo was then recalled with the wind in his favour and nabbed this disrespectful chap plumb lbw. Was there a chink of light for Marshfield at 84-3, perhaps? Well, no actually, the 4th wicket took Burbage to within 20 of their target when Hodds produced a delivery he would later claim to have been unplayable (yeah, right) and, although Jim claimed an even plumber leg before to remove batter 5, the game was up at this point and our total was passed in the 29th over.
After the elation of last week’s big win, this was a disappointing result and the absence of some key run-getters was sorely felt. Not really appropriate to speak of MoM awards, but worth noting two decent spells of bowling from Charlie (7-3-23-2) and Hodds (5-2-11-1). Champagne moment has to go to El Credo for a valiant forward diving attempt to take a sharp catch at extra cover. The thud as he hit the floor was enough to loosen fillings and was certainly audible across the Severn. Even louder was the stream of Middle English that James then produced: “æpsenes, hwa sæl wígbléd”. What a scholar!
A half hour discussion about batting or ancient languages with Prof Guy is on offer for the first bright spark to translate “æpsenes, hwa sæl wígbléd” into modern English. Leave your entries in the comments section.
|Type :||League: WCCL Div 7 - 2016||Date :||Saturday 2nd July 2016|
|Toss:||Burbage & Easton Royal CC, Wilts - 2nd XI won the toss and elected to field||Start Time:||13:00|
|Marshfield CC - 2nd XI||Burbage & Easton Royal CC, Wilts - 2nd XI|
|Score||131 for 10 (42.2 overs) 'b'||134 for 5 (28.1 overs) 't'|
|1||Richard Guy||run out (Jon Street)||64||9||0||0|
|2||Rob Iles||ct Gary Legg||b Sam Tuttle||11||2||0||0|
|3||Gary Hodder||b Mark Styles||5||1||0||0|
|4||Colin Sinkins*||b Nicholas Cook||10||2||0||0|
|5||Glenn Perry||ct Terry Strong||b Rhys Davies||2||0||0||0|
|6||Jim Creed||ct Nicholas Cook||b Rhys Davies||0||0||0||0|
|7||Keith Pullin†||ct Sam Tuttle||b Rhys Davies||4||1||0||0|
|8||Terry Bishop||b Sam Tuttle||12||1||0||0|
|9||George Pollitt||not out||15||2||0||0|
|10||Charlie Chivers||b Adam Tunmore||0||0||0||0|
|11||Steven Morris||lbw||b Adam Tunmore||0||0||0||0|
|Extras b (1), lb (2), w (4), nb (1)||8|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets14-1 Rob Iles (Richard Guy-3*); 32-2 Gary Hodder (Richard Guy-15*); 48-3 Colin Sinkins (Richard Guy-19*); 51-4 Glenn Perry (Richard Guy-19*); 55-5 Jim Creed (Richard Guy-23*); 71-6 Keith Pullin (Richard Guy-35*); 107-7 Terry Bishop (Richard Guy-58*); 127-8 Richard Guy (George Pollitt-11*); 131-9 Charlie Chivers (George Pollitt-15*); 131-10 Steven Morris (George Pollitt-15*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||3||1|
|1||Gary Legg†||lbw||b Rob Iles||43||6||1||0|
|2||Rhys Davies||b Charlie Chivers||11||1||0||0|
|3||Sam Tuttle||b Charlie Chivers||8||2||0||0|
|4||Nick Patel||b Gary Hodder||9||1||0||0|
|5||Jon Street||lbw||b Jim Creed||18||4||0||0|
|6||Terry Strong||not out||12||1||0||0|
|7||Adam Tunmore||not out||6||1||0||0|
|8||Charlie Forster||did not bat|
|9||Nicholas Cook||did not bat|
|10||Robert Cady*||did not bat|
|11||Mark Styles||did not bat|
|Extras b (7), lb (3), w (12), nb (1)||23|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets51-1 Rhys Davies (Gary Legg-0*); 71-2 Gary Legg (Sam Tuttle-0*); 84-3 Sam Tuttle (Nick Patel-0*); 112-4 Nick Patel (Jon Street-0*); 120-5 Jon Street (Terry Strong-0*);
* = not out batsman