A Year of Change for the 3rdXI
2016 was a year of change for the 3rds. After nearly 20 years of playing at the Withymead the opportunity arose, after a couple of trial games the previous season, to relocate to Tormarton. With the artificial strip at the Withymead starting to show its age, the finance not readily available to replace it, and with continuing problems with the outfield, it was decided that the time was right to make the move. At the same time we also decided to move leagues to the Stroud and District, where we would play in Division 2, albeit the bottom division of this organisation. This would mean playing 40 over cricket, having to find less bowlers and more sensible start times of 1.30 pm.
The first thing we discovered, once the S&D finally released their fixtures a few weeks before the start of the season, is that we would have 2 blank Saturdays, as we only had 9 teams in our division. Not a good start as in a wet season the blank Saturday’s can soon start to mount up, and unfortunately mount up they did as the weather developed a very annoying habit of being nice all week, and then raining on Saturday. Fine if you are sat in a traffic jam on the M5, but not so good if you are sat in the pavilion at Tormarton hoping to play a game of cricket! In total 5 games were lost to the weather, and even more annoyingly 2 when Painswick 4ths were unable to raise a side. We were able to find friendly fixtures to fill 2 of the gaps, but we only managed to play 9 of our scheduled league games.
Results were an improvement on last season, with 5 wins and 4 defeats, which added to the 2 victories we were gifted, meant we finished in 4th place. Also 2 of our defeats were to the eventual league winners Chalford 2nds, both tight games on days when we were not fielding our strongest team, and had these gone the other way, who knows what could have happened as we beat both the other 2 teams who finished above us. In fact 6 of the 9 games we did play were against the teams who finished in the top 3 positions. However the truth is that Chalford aside, the league was not as strong as the Wiltshire division we left behind.
2016 Batting Statistics (Incl 3rdXI Friendlies)
|Player||Games||Inns||Not Outs||Runs||High Score||Avg||50s||100s||Ducks||Did Not Bat(%)|
|Richard Guy||9||6||0||255||76||42.50||2||0||0||3(33.33 %)|
|George Pollitt||3||3||2||253||110||253.00||2||1||0||0(0.00 %)|
|Gary Hodder||7||5||1||176||55||44.00||2||0||0||2(28.57 %)|
|Mark Dixon||10||8||2||168||52||28.00||1||0||0||2(20.00 %)|
|Andy Wills||14||11||0||116||28||10.55||0||0||2||3(21.43 %)|
|James Howarth||1||1||0||69||69||69.00||1||0||0||0(0.00 %)|
|Sam Burnstone||2||2||0||61||52||30.50||1||0||0||0(0.00 %)|
|Terry Bishop||12||9||0||60||12||6.67||0||0||3||3(25.00 %)|
|Tim Woodman||9||6||1||51||31||10.20||0||0||1||3(33.33 %)|
|Simeon Townend||1||1||0||39||39||39.00||0||0||0||0(0.00 %)|
|Chris Ruddell||10||8||1||25||9||3.57||0||0||2||2(20.00 %)|
|Andrew Pierce||12||7||2||19||12*||3.80||0||0||3||5(41.67 %)|
|Tom Wallis||3||2||1||16||12*||16.00||0||0||0||1(33.33 %)|
|Martin Roper||4||3||0||12||11||4.00||0||0||1||1(25.00 %)|
|Hussain Saeed||3||3||0||11||10||3.67||0||0||1||0(0.00 %)|
|Mike Threadgill||8||3||2||10||8*||10.00||0||0||0||5(62.50 %)|
|Will Christie||2||2||0||9||9||4.50||0||0||1||0(0.00 %)|
|Chris Grubb||1||1||1||7||7*||-||0||0||0||0(0.00 %)|
|Charles Harris||9||5||0||7||4||1.40||0||0||2||4(44.44 %)|
|Chris Revell||1||1||0||7||7||7.00||0||0||0||0(0.00 %)|
|Tim Hawke||3||1||0||6||6||6.00||0||0||0||2(66.67 %)|
|Simon Taylor||1||1||0||5||5||5.00||0||0||0||0(0.00 %)|
|Alan Chivers||4||1||0||5||5||5.00||0||0||0||3(75.00 %)|
|Sandra Rouse||8||5||1||2||1||0.50||0||0||3||3(37.50 %)|
|Amelia Bond||1||1||0||2||2||2.00||0||0||0||0(0.00 %)|
|Chris Middup||2||2||1||1||1||1.00||0||0||0||0(0.00 %)|
|Kent Collins||4||2||0||1||1||0.50||0||0||1||2(50.00 %)|
|Nicola Rouse||2||2||1||0||0*||0.00||0||0||1||0(0.00 %)|
|Oliver Kinsey||2||1||1||0||0*||-||0||0||0||1(50.00 %)|
|Keith Pullin||2||1||0||0||0||0.00||0||0||1||1(50.00 %)|
|Gregory Sankaran||1||0||0||0||-||0||0||0||1(100.00 %)|
|Johnny Heyel||2||0||0||0||-||0||0||0||2(100.00 %)|
Batting wise I think we did better than we have in recent seasons, and on at least a couple of occasions I felt confident enough to bat first on winning the toss, much to the disgust of the WCCL (Division 6) Bowler of the Year 2014, who of course predicted doom & gloom and the game over before tea. They weren’t and we won both of them after sensible batting set up defendable totals. There were of course a few “3rd team batting collapses”, including a spectacular one at Whitminster, but generally at least one person managed to dig in and anchor the innings to something approaching respectability. In total 5 different people scored half-centuries, including Richard Guy, Gary Hodder and George Pollitt with 2 each, and in George’s only other innings he passed 3 figures to enable him to take his place on the batting honours board with 253 runs in just 3 innings!
2016 Bowling Statistics (Incl 3rdXI Friendlies)
|Player||Overs||Maidens||Runs||Wickets||Best Bowling||5 Wicket Haul||Economy Rate||Strike Rate||Average|
The bowling was steady, but lacked a little penetration with no less than 13 people all taking at least 1 league wicket. This made it difficult when bowling first to take wickets and keep the run rate down. Somewhat surprisingly the leading wicket taker was Richard Guy, with 15 wickets in just 29 overs bowled. I am not quite sure what it is he bowls, but seemingly neither was the average S&D Division 2 batsman! The Prof was followed by Chris Ruddell, who bowled well in his first season back with the club, and new batting all-rounder Mark Dixon, with 11 wickets each. A mention too for Alan Chivers who got his first five-fer for the club in the game at Hawkesbury.
The fielding was spirited, but much like previous seasons, prone to cracking under pressure, and the number of left handers in the S&D caused the captain more than a few headaches in trying to set the field, much to the amusement of the “senior pros” in the team. Also the Tormarton outfield is very lush and quite slow, meaning only well hit shots go to the boundary. The problem with this is it means much more chasing on an undulating surface, a dangerous mix for the more “experienced” members of the team!
Catching was the usual 3rd team mixed bag, but the general rule of thumb is treat any catch as a bonus. Behind the timbers Tim Woodman is an excellent 3rd team stumper, and the good news is that he has agreed to captain the side for next season, for which we will return to the Wiltshire league, and re-join Division 8 which we left last year. In doing this we hope to have fewer blank Saturdays than we had this year, although I am sure the cricket will be much tougher. We are to remain at Tormaton for next season, as the arrangement seemed to work very well (apart from the weather), and I would like to thank Mick and the Tormarton committee for making us so welcome. On a personal note I would very much like to see the 3rds return to the village in the future if a suitable venue can be achieved.
I would like to thank Cricket manager Gary Hodder, for ensuring that we started every game with 11 players, quite an achievement in itself, and everybody who helped with teas, umpiring, scoring, ground preparation and all the other things that go into the simple matter of staging a game of cricket. I would also like to thank all those who turned out to play, some at very short notice, and put up with me as Captain. As anyone who has ever captained a cricket team will know, it is a difficult balancing act between trying to achieve the best result possible for the team, and giving everyone an opportunity. All I can say is that I attempted to give everyone as much a chance as possible as circumstances allowed.
Finally I would like to wish my successor, Tim Woodman, all the best for next season.
Andrew Pierce – 14/11/16