3rds Begin Life in the SDCA With Defeat and Inevitable Batting Collapse
Appalling, terrible, dreadful, awful, laudable, abject, deplorable, hopeless, wretched, dismal, grim, shoddy, dire, inept, execrable, shocking, ghastly, horrific, depressing. All adjectives that have probably been used in the past to describe numerous 3rd XI batting collapses. Any or all will do to describe the latest, so take your pick!
Before the inevitable though, on a day which was sunny, and warm once a chilly wind dropped, your reporter arrived at the attractive and rustic Whitminster ground, with fantastic views across the Severn of what I assume is the Forest of Dean hills in the distance, via various private residence roads and garden centres as Captain Pierce’s radar, for not the last time during the day, went slightly awry.
Still, the first thing he did get right by calling correctly at the toss and wisely (at the time) deciding to see how the wicket would play by asking the opposition to bat first. The bowling was opened by Tom Wallis making his league debut and myself at the “forest” end. Whilst Tom was keeping the openers quiet, the opposition captain and opener, Alex Dawber, was swinging at anything in his arc delivered at the forest end by the WCCL Div 6 2014 bowler of the year and judiciously or possibly fortunately avoiding all fielders in his mostly aerial assault on the bowling. This prompted a change with the returning Chris Ruddell, absent for several seasons, bowling a generally decent line with good flight except for the occasional misjudged one which Dawber happily dispatched.
As the more text book Jim Hyland was looking as though he had his eye in and starting to play a few shots, he was perhaps unlucky to be given out LBW, although it was just reward for a decent spell of bowling by Tom Wallis. The game now settled into a period where Whitminster scored steadily, especially when the captain replaced the bowled out Wallis with himself and sprayed the ball all over the place as he fought to overcome a case of the yips. Curiously, however, the umpires were particularly generous with (not) calling wides.
An unanticipated straight one from Piercey brought our 2nd wicket and first ever SDCA point, in the process removing a left hander that was causing him a headache in making sure all our fielders were correctly positioned. Professor Threadgill had replaced Ruddell at the Forest end and also claimed a first wicket of the season, clean bowling Price. Another startling straight ball from Piercey claimed his 2nd wicket and he caught a whiff of cottontail in the breeze and brought back the chief rabbit hunter, whilst of course keeping himself on with the hope of another straight one. Mr McGregor delivered a hutch of wickets, and a final one on a decent line brought a third Piercey wicket.
Dawber successfully carried his bat for the 40 overs scoring 88 as Whitminster’s innings closed at tea on 173-8. A score that looked attainable and could have been much worse after a flying start. Fielding was typical 3rd team, but a special mention to Charles Harris with one pick-up and throw at stumps being particularly pleasing.
Tea was decent with a lemon drizzle cake that no doubt had Professor Threadgill searching out its baker for the recipe.
Skipper Piercey chose the same opening pair that made a solid start against Bradford-on-Avon last week, and a slow start ensued. Jason Owens bowled a decent line and length that nibbled the ball away from the Forest end. George Price was quicker but more wayward from the other end benefiting as Piercey had earlier from a generosity in wide calling. If this is the norm in the Stroud league, it will take some getting used to.
After Wills missed a straight one from Owens, those who have followed the 3rd’s exploits on this site will be able to write the rest of the report as wickets fell quickly, including the skipper for a Golden Duck, his 2nd in 2 innings this season. A note for Tom Wallis, though, who after his good bowling spell also looked solid with the bat, and hit a couple of lusty 4’s. He also nearly decapitated leg slip when a Neil Williams full toss was smashed around the corner; I’m not sure how much the fielder knew about his excellent stop.
Once Sandra (thanks for turning out despite the cold!) went for the 2nd golden duck in the innings, MCC finished on a disappointing 51 all out using just 75% of our allotted overs.
So a new league, new opposition, new captain, some new rules, but the same old story! Hopefully, next week the batting line up will improve with some drop downs as players return further up the food chain.
Saying all that, the game was enjoyable as Whitminster proved to be excellent hosts and after a drink at the Whitminster bar a pit stop on the way home at The Hunters Inn in Kingscote was an agreeable and reasonably priced watering hole that may be used again this season for a post-away match de-brief!
No MOM but Champagne moment goes to Charles for his sharp bit of fielding that caught everyone, particularly Boops who struggled to get to the stumps in time!
|Type :||League: Stroud & District Cricket Association Martin Berrill Division Two - 2016||Date :||Saturday 14th May 2016|
|Toss:||Marshfield CC - 3rd XI won the toss and elected to field||Start Time:||01:30|
|Ground:||Whitminster Playing Field||Rules Type:||Standard|
Highlights :Whit: Dawber 88*, Owens 10-2-17-4, G. Price 7-4-5-2, Williams 8.2-4-9-3 Marshfield: Dixon 9-2-32-3
|Whitminster CC - 2nd XI||Marshfield CC - 3rd XI|
|Score||173 for 8 (40 overs) 'b'||51 for 10 (31.2 overs) 't'|
|1||Alex Dawber*||not out||88||10||0||0|
|2||Jim Hyland†||lbw||b Tom Wallis||13||2||0||0|
|3||Nick Fairbairn||b Andrew Pierce||24||3||0||0|
|4||George Price||b Mike Threadgill||3||0||0||0|
|5||Neil Williams||b Andrew Pierce||14||2||0||0|
|6||Brian Haddock||lbw||b Mark Dixon||12||1||1||0|
|7||Jason Owens||b Mark Dixon||0||0||0||0|
|8||Josh Haddock||ct Terry Bishop||b Mark Dixon||1||0||0||0|
|9||Lee Medcroft||b Andrew Pierce||0||0||0||0|
|10||Alun Davies||not out||2||0||0||0|
|11||Nick Louth||did not bat|
|Extras b (6), lb (2), w (2), nb (3)||13|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets52-1 Jim Hyland (Alex Dawber-34*); 114-2 Nick Fairbairn (Alex Dawber-67*); 117-3 George Price (Alex Dawber-67*); 142-4 Neil Williams (Alex Dawber-75*); 157-5 Brian Haddock (Alex Dawber-79*); 157-6 Jason Owens (Alex Dawber-79*); 161-7 Josh Haddock (Alex Dawber-81*); 162-8 Lee Medcroft (Alex Dawber-82*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||8||0|
|1||Mark Dixon||st Jim Hyland||b Jason Owens||14||1||0||0|
|2||Andy Wills||b Jason Owens||4||1||0||0|
|3||Chris Middup||b George Price||1||0||0||0|
|4||Keith Pullin†||lbw||b Jason Owens||0||0||0||0|
|5||Terry Bishop||b Jason Owens||0||0||0||0|
|6||Andrew Pierce*||b George Price||0||0||0||0|
|7||Tom Wallis||not out||12||2||0||0|
|8||Chris Ruddell||ct George Price||b Alun Davies||4||0||0||0|
|9||Mike Threadgill||ct George Price||b Neil Williams||1||0||0||0|
|10||Charles Harris||b Neil Williams||1||0||0||0|
|11||Sandra Rouse||b Neil Williams||0||0||0||0|
|Extras b (12), lb (1), nb (1)||14|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets21-1 Andy Wills (Mark Dixon-11*); 24-2 Chris Middup (Mark Dixon-12*); 26-3 Mark Dixon (Keith Pullin-0*); 26-4 Terry Bishop (Keith Pullin-0*); 27-5 Andrew Pierce (Keith Pullin-0*); 27-6 Keith Pullin (Tom Wallis-0*); 37-7 Chris Ruddell (Tom Wallis-2*); 38-8 Mike Threadgill (Tom Wallis-2*); 51-9 Charles Harris (Tom Wallis-12*); 51-10 Sandra Rouse (Tom Wallis-12*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||13||0|