Hodor Has the Game of his life!
Tears of joy, scenes of jubilant celebration and much rejoicing all around. Not for a hard fought win for the3rd’s, although that was certainly worthy of celebration, no, we can report that at last Captain Pierce has scored a run in 2016!
The result – a seemingly comfortable 43 run win for the 3rd’s - rather belies a game which Marshfield always seemed to be ahead, but perhaps struggled to find the ruthless touch to get over the line in comfort, and for a long time in the Hardwicke innings there was enough doubt to keep things interesting.
On winning the toss the Hardwicke skipper chose to insert the hosts (he has possibly heard report of the 3rd teams’ recent exploits – maybe we should restrict access to these write-ups?). This may have been a blessing as Kent had been called away back to work at Dyson to resolve a crisis (he returned after around an hour, presumably the ‘turn it off and on again’ routine worked…). Almost immediately disaster struck as Willsy neglected to hit a straight one and Marshfield were 5-1. It was very nearly worse as Richard pulled a short ball directly to square leg. Very sportingly the fielder declined to take the catch. As is the way of cricket, Hardwicke would rue the dropped chance. Slowly and steadily Richard and Gary built a partnership. The bowling was tidy if not threatening, but the pitch was difficult, and often two-paced, making cross-bat shots a hazard. The outfield too was significantly longer than normal, and boundaries were hard to come by.
On and on they went, building towards a century stand and beyond. Finally Gary perished, chopping on via the under edge for a well played 52. Would this trigger the usual collapse? Dicko added 26 further runs with Richard, without ever looking settled (looking in fact more like a man who had abused his ‘pass’ and been out till beyond 2 am) and departed for 6 for a lie down.
And so enter Hussain, with the captain’s instructions to ‘take a look’ ringing in this ears. And take a look he did – mainly looking towards deep midwicket (it would be harsh to call it cow corner) and swinging with intent. He did indeed connect with one for a magnificent six, however the tricky nature of the pitch perhaps precluded a reprise. Richard fell just after for an excellent 76, replaced by Chris Rudell and Hussain too departed shortly after for 10. With the score now 163-5, Terry found himself at the crease. Hampered by an injured wrist he was unable to score and was bowled for 0, 164-6. Your correspondent found himself in the all too familiar position of scrabbling for pads, gloves and bat as the middle order crumbles faster than a low quality biscuit in hot tea. With only a few overs left and a decent, but not definitive total on the board, the onus was to get beyond 175 for another batting point. However the new batsmen were finding it hard to adapt to the pace of the pitch and Chris too perished trying to force the score on, bringing Captain Pierce to the crease, with just enough time to score his first run of the year (see above).
The innings closed on 171-7 a decent total, something to bowl at and with the tricky pitch and slow outfield a pretty decent return. And so it was a happy 3rd’s who took tea, only for the team to be rocked by the enforced withdrawal of Dicko, summoned home to deal with a minor domestic crisis. Charles manfully stepped into the breach as 12th man.
Dicko added 26 further runs with Richard, without ever looking settled (looking in fact more like a man who had abused his ‘pass’ and been out till beyond 2 am) and departed for 6 for a lie down.
Piercy chose to open up with a mix of spin and pace, with Hodder teasing at one end and Hussain running in hard at the other. Quickly both openers had been removed, both without scoring, one clean bowled by Hussain and one winkled out by Gary, with the catch taken at mid-off by Richard.
A third wicket soon followed, a decent take by the keeper standing up off Gary, and Hardwicke were struggling, three down for not that many. There now followed a long stand, where Marshfield’s bowling kept the scoring rate down (well below the asking rate) but seemed unable to take more wickets. Chris had replaced Gary and was unlucky have the skipper drop a relatively simple chance at midwicket. The long stand was finally broken when the skipper replaced Hussain, who had bowled well and perhaps deserved better than 10-3-16-1, or at least more wickets. Piercy squeezed one through to bowl the Hardwicke number three for 19, and Chris then picked up a wicket to a sharp chance held at gulley by Terry.
At five down and plenty needed, with an asking rate of more than 6 an over, Marshfield should have been cruising, but still Hardwicke dug in, with Rob Munson eventually reaching his 50, marshalling his colleagues well. Entering the last 10 overs, Hardwicke needed more than 60 runs, and it was now that the pressure finally started to tell. Richard had now taken over from Chris, with Gary at the other end. Richard picked up two quick wickets – a routine stumping and another bowled, while Gary too got amongst the rabbits, finally bowling Munson for 59, and then having the younger Munson caught by Chris. Lastly Gary completed the double of a 50 and 5 wickets in the match having the last man lbw.
Honourable mentions must go to both Kent for his energy in the field (and for managing to avoid visiting the turkeys) and to Sandra, who experienced a day of being the ball magnet in the field, but succeeded brilliantly in keeping the Hardwicke batsman to singles, when two’s might have been taken. Thanks too to Charles for filling in for Dicko (somewhat more mobile too…)
Man of the match must go to Gary for his measured batting (52) and tidy bowling, with figures of 9.2-1-25-5, although Richard’s innings of 76 was crucial to put Marshfield in such a good postion.
Roll on next week!
|Type :||League: Stroud & District Cricket Association Martin Berrill Division Two - 2016||Date :||Saturday 28th May 2016|
|Toss:||Hardwicke CC, Gloucs - 2nd XI won the toss and elected to field||Start Time:||01:30|
|Ground:||Tormarton CC||Rules Type:||Standard|
Highlights :Richard Guy 76, Gary Hodder 52 & 8.2-1-16-5 R Munson 59
|Marshfield CC - 3rd XI||Hardwicke CC, Gloucs - 2nd XI|
|Score||171 for 7 (40 overs) 'b'||128 for 10 (38.2 overs) 't'|
|1||Richard Guy||ct Unsure||b Rob Munson||76||6||0||0|
|2||Andy Wills||b Mike Gladwin||0||0||0||0|
|3||Gary Hodder||b Ed Martin||52||5||1||0|
|4||Mark Dixon||ct Unsure||b Tom Munson||6||0||0||0|
|5||Hussain Saeed||b Tom Munson||10||0||1||0|
|6||Chris Ruddell||b Mike Gladwin||6||0||0||0|
|7||Terry Bishop||b Rob Munson||0||0||0||0|
|8||Tim Woodman†||not out||2||0||0||0|
|9||Andrew Pierce*||not out||1||0||0||0|
|10||Kent Collins||did not bat|
|11||Sandra Rouse||did not bat|
|Extras b (6), lb (2), w (4), nb (6)||18|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets5-1 Andy Wills (Richard Guy-5*); 118-2 Gary Hodder (Richard Guy-53*); 144-3 Mark Dixon (Richard Guy-69*); 162-4 Richard Guy (Hussain Saeed-10*); 163-5 Hussain Saeed (Chris Ruddell-1*); 164-6 Terry Bishop (Chris Ruddell-2*); 169-7 Chris Ruddell (Tim Woodman-2*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||8||0|
|1||John Lister||ct Richard Guy||b Gary Hodder||0||0||0||0|
|2||Ross Humphries||b Hussain Saeed||0||0||0||0|
|3||Callum Rainey||b Andrew Pierce||19||0||0||0|
|4||Ed Owen†||ct Tim Woodman||b Gary Hodder||5||0||0||0|
|5||Rob Munson||b Gary Hodder||59||0||0||0|
|6||Ed Martin*||ct Terry Bishop||b Chris Ruddell||2||0||0||0|
|7||Michael Poole||st Tim Woodman||b Richard Guy||12||0||0||0|
|8||Justin Anson||b Richard Guy||9||0||0||0|
|9||Tom Munson||ct Chris Ruddell||b Gary Hodder||4||0||0||0|
|10||Mike Gladwin||not out||2||0||0||0|
|11||Kevin Lee||lbw||b Gary Hodder||2||0||0||0|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||0||0|
Some Match Action Photos, click on a photo for a larger image.
3rdXI v Hardwicke CC, Tormarton, 29-05-2016