Marshfield 3XI return to action in style

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After an enforced hiatus (rain twice and a forfeited ‘win’) Marshfield 3XI’s returned to action in style with a comfortable win over Hawkesbury and Upton 2nd XI.

Although the opponents lay bottom of the league, with six defeats from seven, prospects for Marshfield were not promising, with the main run scorers so far this season Prof Guy deserting to the 2nd’s and Hodor AWOL, leaving only Dicko. Threaders had been pressed into service despite a dodgy knee (not ideal prep for a walking holiday…) and on the whole the side looked more like a collection of ‘who else can we (a) ring or (b) drag out of the pub’, than a cricket team champing at the bit to get at the enemy.

Threaders had been pressed into service despite a dodgy knee (not ideal prep for a walking holiday…) and on the whole the side looked more like a collection of ‘who else can we (a) ring or (b) drag out of the pub’, than a cricket team champing at the bit to get at the enemy.

On arriving at the ground, which required either a leap of faith down a farm track or a short walk from a pub car-park, we were presented with an attractive ground, surrounded on all sides by trees that failed to have any impact on the force nine gale blowing from the west. One can only imagine what it would have been like with no trees. The pitch had been rained on but was not overly damp and Captain Pierce, on winning the toss, decided to take the bull by the horns and bat.

The Haweskbury opening bowlers started slowly, both producing a loose first over and allowing Willsy and your correspondent (opening!) to get off the mark with boundaries. However they soon settled into their rhythm, with Riddington bowling medium pace with a tight line and length and Cullen using the wind to provide drift, and variation. As a result scoring became less easy, and it was not long before your correspondent departed to a low return catch for just 7. Sam Burnstone now came in and with first Willsy, who hit a decent 22, and then Dicko took the score to 60-2 at drinks. Unusually for Marshfield the scoring rate accelerated in the second half of the innings. After Dicko was out for 20, with the score 103, big Chris Revel returned to action. Perhaps the excitement of the day became too much for him, as he too was dismissed for just 7, a moment captured for all time by Dicko in his official capacity as photographer. To much glee on the boundary we realised that you can even see both bails in the air as the ball has just broken the wickets…

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Would the 3rd’s now subside in the usual fashion? Not this time – Sim Townend, recruited for his annual game, strode out and proceeded to set about the bowling like an older, shorter, and slightly less fit Ben Stokes. Four sixes and two fours followed rapidly and it was a fine contribution. Sam had by now departed for an excellent 52. Chris Ruddell did not last long, collecting a duck, and the skipper added a rapid-fire 12, from just six deliveries, an unheard of strike rate of 200. Sim’s big hitting innings was brought to an end for 39 going for one last boundary, bringing Sandra to the crease. Big cheers all-round as she took a scampered single, and the innings closed, with Threadgill not unleashed, at 185 for 8.

Highlight of the batting performance was surely Sim requesting a drink after only three overs, must be a record of some sort. I can only assume that running a three brought this on – something Dicko will never be able to verify.

After an excellent tea (I cannot recommend spicy chorizo highly enough) Hawkesbury went into bat. Alan Chivers opened with Dicko, the former achieving lots of wind assisted swing and the latter settling very well into excellent line and length, even with the annoyance of having a left handed batsman. Two quick wickets followed, the first a sharp head height catch in the gulley by Sim and the second bowled, both to Alan. From 5-2 Hawkesbury then batted slowly and at drinks were in a very similar position to Marshfield, with the proviso that Marshfield’s last 10 overs had been very productive. Could Hawkesbury match this? Two more wickets fell together to reduce Hawkesbury to 66-4, before another stand took them past 100, but with overs rapidly running out. Finally wickets started to tumble, and Hawkesbury closed on 127 for 9, with an excellent shout for a stumping turned down on the penultimate delivery.

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Big Chris had struggled to find any rhythm, not surprising as he hadn’t bowled since last year and was only given three overs. His figures of 3-0-22-0 don’t look too bad, but your correspondent was called into action on several occasions somewhat further to the leg side than might have been hoped…

Skipper Pierce bowled an excellent tidy spell, but remained wicket less, Chris Rudell bowled very well with guile and flight, and could easily have had more than his two wickets. Pick of the bowlers was Alan, who picked up a five-for, with figures of 9-1-29-5, three bowled, one caught and one stumped.

Fielding on the whole was tidy, even with the enormous size of one side of the ground, potentially requiring a relay of three for some of the weaker arms, or just sending big Chris.

I cannot close without mentioning poor old Dicko. After a heroic attempt to take a catch at mid-on where he leaped several inches into the air but missed the ball, he collapsed to the ground and did not rise. You can imagine the scene as worried team-mates flocked to his aid. Well you will have to imagine them, as instead his team mate’s preferred to stand around laughing. Only Chris Ruddell can emerge with credit as he assisted Dicko with his ‘cramp in both calves’ in the time honoured ‘last five minutes of the FA Cup final’ fashion. I can only again refer to the lack of pre-season fitness work…

MOM is a hard choice, as at least three players put up a strong hand. However it goes to Sam for his fifty which allowed Marshfield to post a decent total from a potentially perilous position.

Tim Woodman

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Fixture Details

Type : League: Stroud & District Cricket Association Martin Berrill Division Two - 2016 Date : Saturday 2nd July 2016
Toss: Hawkesbury Upton CC - 2nd XI won the toss and elected to field Start Time: 01:30
Ground: John Hawkins Ground Rules Type: Standard

Highlights :

On a damp but drying pitch, Hawkesbury inserted Marshfield and started well, limiting scoring and taking a couple of wickets. Unfortunately they then dropped a number of chances allowing Marshfiled to progress, with Burnstone (51) impressing, along with the free hitting Townend (37). Pick of the Hawkesbury bowlers were Riddington (10-4-14-2) and Holding (7-1-35-3). In reply, Marshfield made early inroads into the Hawkesbury batsmen, and despite the obstinate Foster (49), runs were slow to accumulate. Hawkesbury saw out their overs, but ended up 58 short, with Chivers (0-1-29-5) being the pick of the Marshfield attack.

Result Summary

Result:    Marshfield CC - 3rd XI - Won by 58 runs
  Hawkesbury Upton CC - 2nd XIMarshfield CC - 3rd XI
Score 127 for 9 (40 overs) 't' 185 for 8 (40 overs) 'b'
Game Points 0 10
Penalty Points 0 0
Batting Points 2 4
Bowling Points 4 4
Total Points 6 18

Marshfield CC - 3rd XI


 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Andy Wills   b  Ed Riddington 22 3 0 0
2 Tim Woodman   ct & b Ed Riddington 7 1 0 0
3 Sam Burnstone   b  Bryn Holding 52 6 0 0
4 Mark Dixon   b  Phil Duke 20 2 0 0
5 Chris Revell   b  Jim Mason 7 0 0 0
6 Simeon Townend ct Phil Duke b  Jim Mason 39 4 2 0
7 Chris Ruddell lbw b  Bryn Holding 0 0 0 0
8 Andrew Pierce* not out   12 1 1 0
9 Alan Chivers   b  Bryn Holding 5 1 0 0
10 Sandra Rouse not out   1 0 0 0
11 Mike Threadgill did not bat          
Extras       b (6), lb (1), w (11), nb (2) 20  
Total 185  
Wickets 8  
Overs 40  

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

18-1 Tim Woodman (Andy Wills-9*); 43-2 Andy Wills (Sam Burnstone-8*); 103-3 Mark Dixon (Sam Burnstone-37*); 114-4 Chris Revell (Sam Burnstone-41*); 158-5 Sam Burnstone (Simeon Townend-31*); 158-6 Chris Ruddell (Simeon Townend-31*); 177-7 Simeon Townend (Andrew Pierce-11*); 183-8 Alan Chivers (Andrew Pierce-12*); 

* = not out batsman


  BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 Ed Riddington 10 4 14 2 0 0
2 Bill Cullen 8 0 40 0 0 0
3 Bryn Holding 7 1 35 3 0 0
4 Jim Mason 10 1 59 2 0 0
5 Sean Hopson 3 0 20 0 0 0
6 Phil Duke 2 0 10 1 0 0
  Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 7 0
  Total 40 6 185 8 0 0

Hawkesbury Upton CC - 2nd XI


 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Sean Hopson* ct Simeon Townend b  Alan Chivers 5 1 0 0
2 Martyn Foster   b  Mark Dixon 49 6 0 0
3 Phil Duke   b  Alan Chivers 0 0 0 0
4 Ed Riddington   b  Chris Ruddell 21 2 0 0
5 Bryn Holding   b  Chris Ruddell 2 0 0 0
6 Richard George   b  Alan Chivers 17 2 0 0
7 Alex Lane st Tim Woodman b  Alan Chivers 0 0 0 0
8 Jim Mason not out   8 1 0 0
9 Ed Aris   b  Alan Chivers 0 0 0 0
10 Tristan Poturicic   b  Mark Dixon 3 0 0 0
11 Bill Cullen not out   0 0 0 0
Extras       b (2), w (19), nb (1) 22  
Total 127  
Wickets 9  
Overs 40  

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

5-1 Sean Hopson (Martyn Foster-0*); 5-2 Phil Duke (Martyn Foster-0*); 64-3 Ed Riddington (Martyn Foster-18*); 66-4 Bryn Holding (Martyn Foster-20*); 114-5 Richard George (Martyn Foster-0*); 116-6 Alex Lane (Martyn Foster-0*); 116-7 Martyn Foster (Jim Mason-0*); 120-8 Ed Aris (Jim Mason-4*); 127-9 Tristan Poturicic (Jim Mason-8*); 

* = not out batsman


  BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
1 Mark Dixon 10 4 18 2 0 0
2 Alan Chivers 9 1 29 5 0 0
3 Chris Revell 3 0 22 0 0 0
4 Chris Ruddell 9 1 26 2 0 0
5 Andrew Pierce 9 1 29 0 0 0
  Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 2 0
  Total 40 7 126 9 0 0

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