The Story of the 2’s
On Saturday 5th of May @ 13:00 hours Marshfield 2’s returned to the scene of their 2017 annihilation by 10 wickets Devizes. Intent on erasing the scars and pain of that massacre, a new look 2’s vowed revenge and with the levels of optimism that could only be afforded by a new season waited impatiently for news of the toss, I say impatiently, what I should have said was in trepidation, as our illustrious leader Colin had asked each player and anyone in earshot for their advice on what to do if he won, I know, I know unlikely but it was a new season and you never know. To a man each replied field!! Give us time to get into the game, ease ourselves into the new season and get a sense of comradeship, a couple of early wickets and put them under some pressure, bring us together as a team to welcome in the new season.
So, we batted, granted Colin lost the toss, and again to be fair the Devizes skipper took an age to make his mind up but we batted never the less. Upfront we had Todd and Glen, so we settled down in the blazing sun and got comfortable. We did not have to wait long 2nd over score on 2 wicket expansive drive outside of stump nick caught! Todd departs, never mind we have Russell Lodge, minor blip it happens. 4th over score on 6 expansive drive nick caught! Glen departs, hang on Déjà vu, never mind we have yours truly in next!! Buggar now we are in trouble!! Colin to Kevin take your time, no rush! Kevin to Colin yep OK no problem, I got the impression Colin did not believe me, I did not blame him after all history has shown I am not the most patient of people.
What followed next in some quarters can only be described as the dullest 10 overs in cricketing history, however in our defence the fielding was inspired, full length dives one handed to stop a definite boundary, the fielding side assisted by what appeared to be jungle length grass on the outfield restricted, Russell “honestly I have hit the ball off the square for 4 before” Lodge and Kevin “ honestly I have batted before” Hendy to singles and two’s with only the odd bad ball piercing the boundary rope. However, the rebuilding had begun with the undoubted highlight being after 3 run two’s on the trot Russ gasping to Hendy no more. Hendy very happy to two counts one it was not him who gave up first and two Russ blocked the rest of the over. At drinks we have amassed a stand of 60 and where re-assessing the score if we could get 175 then we have a chance here.
Now you know what they say drinks always bring a wicket and it did the first ball faced by Hendy resulted in him being bowled by the spinner, I know what you are thinking big heave across the line, nope he was trying to be cute and clever, Now we all know Hendy, cute and clever are not normally words that go together, but do not worry it will not happen again, trying to milk a single Hendy missed a full straight one. But 76 for 3 looked better and was a start.
Colin next in and on a wicket very difficult to start on was cautious and again rebuilt the innings pushing singles and manipulating the field Russ went to 50 hitting a huge 6 and then ran a 3 after some overthrows, the outfield again becoming Devizes 12th 13th and 14th men at times. But Colin and Russ put on 80 for the 4th wicket and a competitive score looked possible. Colin fell for 28 and then Marshfield went into attack mode ORJ injecting some furious bat wafting and Russ going into “heart attack” mode, it was hot and he had run a lot! Russ into the 90’s, 95, 98 he misses a full one loud long appeal Devizes umpire OUT! Disappointment but what an innings worth hundred and 30mat least at home. From then on, we lost wickets at regular intervals and the inning closed at 194 for 8, a huge improvement on last year and at tea the consensus was job half done.
So, to the field Charlie Chivers and “Marshfield CC Royalty” Mr Thomas Lamb to open the bowling what could possibly go wrong. Well to start obviously Devizes had no clue as to who Lamby was a selection of swipes, smears and hoiks across the line had him beside himself and almost taken off after 3 overs. Charlie fared no better although one ball finding the shoulder of the bat had the short old fat grey bloke in the slips “running”, obviously I use the term running very loosely, followed by a despairing dive but the ball fall agonisingly beyond the reach of his short arms. Then the breakthrough another attempted thwack ball in the air towards extra cover, Chopper running to his left got there catch! Wicket! Jubilation! Breakthrough! Clue back slapping, laughing, a sense of optimism, end of over.
Hendy to Colin let’s give Lamby one more new bat you never know. Colin to Lamby one more? Lamby to number three first ball middle stump, great length, great ball, big big swipe across the line 4 runs Lamby double teapot just looked on in a mix of disgust and credulity. Hendy to Colin hope it is not his day, team to Lamby come on let’s have a reply. Next ball single. Third ball outside edge past Colin standing up, Hendy first slip both hands full length to his left Catch! Wicket! Clue disbelief sense of optimism.
Number 4 in and the pattern followed no respect for line and length, and that was just our bowlers! Each over seemed to contain a boundary! Marshfield unable to build any pressure Lodge to Hendy, have they cut the bloody grass during tea! Change of Bowler Chopper into the attack more boundaries then a wicket, ball stuck in pitch, looped up to short straight midwicket Lodge waiting, waiting, waiting, waiting finally the ball arrives Catch! Wicket! Three down! well up with the run rate but three down, we are in this come on one more.
Next over Chivers down the hill full speed ears pinned back bowling to the number three big swipe top edge the ball went up and up and up Colin MINE! Waving Lamby out the way, the team held its breath, the silence was deafening, the batter watched and started to walk back to the pavilion it was not going to be his day!! the ball came down it’s in the gloves yes!! its out the gloves nooo!!! it hits Colin on the head and hits the grass Dropped!! Silence, single ran. Could it be his day after all?
Nothing happened until drinks, to be fair nothing happened after drinks or the next drinks just more of the same a boundary or two or three an over keeping Devizes up with the run rate. A chance a glimmer of hope the number 4 slashes at a wide one from Chopper, top edge flat and quick Hendy dives to his right dropped, Hendy to Chopper sorry I got to it should have held it, Chopper to Hendy it’s OK didn’t have any faith in you anyway, Harsh I thought but it was a rubbish ball and the wicket would have been a real bonus.
Colin ringing the bowling changes finding some success in Chalky White tying down one end with the batsmen finding runs as hard as getting a pint or a smile out of Piercey, i.e. possible but painfully slow. Finally, breakthrough Chopper running through his variations, short one, wide one, full one, bouncy one, gets one to jag back and bowls the number three for 82 could we still win this is it possible.
Chivers and Lamby back on 6 overs to go and 4 an over wanted you know we could do this, we just could. Slash ball low to point Glen hobbling on one leg dropped was that the chance? 6 runs scored 4 overs to go Chivers bowls a maiden 3 an over required three overs remaining 6 required two overs remaining Chivers to bowl come on Charlie one more maiden first ball number 6 bat outside off stump full middle of bat 6 what a way to win the game Devizes victorious!
Marshfield dejected, in the bar afterwards, game of two halves outfield had dried, wicket was easier to bat on, Lodge I would love to face our bowlers every week. In truth to quote the great late Whitney Houston,
“I want one moment in time. When I'm more than I thought I could be. When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away. And the answers are all up to me”
The ball went up and up and up it came down it hit the gloves, it hit the head, it hit the floor. Was that our one moment in time?
Right on that note that is probably me in the thirds for the rest of the season.
Man of the Match Russell “I’m knackered” Lodge.
|Type :||League: Wiltshire County Cricket League - Division 4 2018||Date :||Saturday 5th May 2018|
|Toss:||Devizes CC - 2nd XI won the toss and elected to field||Start Time:||13:00|
|Ground:||Devizes Sports Club||Rules Type:||Standard|
Russell Lodge 98 James Dunford 82
Result: Devizes CC - 2nd XI - Won by 6 wickets
|Devizes CC - 2nd XI||Marshfield CC - 2nd XI|
|Score||195 for 4 (43.1 overs) 't'||194 for 8 (45 overs) 'b'|
|1||Todd Richardson||ct Mark Wrigley||b John Dunford||3||0||0||0|
|2||Glenn Perry||ct Mark Wrigley||b John Dunford||3||0||0||0|
|3||Russell Lodge||lbw||b Joe Hutchinson||98||7||2||0|
|4||Kevin Hendy||b Dominic Shearn||21||4||0||0|
|5||Colin Sinkins*†||ct Jacob Rogers||b George Dunford||28||2||0||0|
|6||Oliver Rogers-Jones||b Joe Hutchinson||12||0||1||0|
|7||Alastair Christie||ct James Dunford||b John Dunford||8||1||0||0|
|8||Rob Iles||ct Peter Hockley||b Joe Hutchinson||7||0||0||0|
|9||Thomas Lamb||not out||4||0||0||0|
|10||Ben White||not out||0||0||0||0|
|11||Charlie Chivers||did not bat|
|Extras b (1), w (4), nb (5)||10|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets
3-1 Glenn Perry (Todd Richardson-3*); 6-2 Todd Richardson (Russell Lodge-3*); 66-3 Kevin Hendy (Russell Lodge-33*); 141-4 Colin Sinkins (Russell Lodge-80*); 169-5 Oliver Rogers-Jones (Russell Lodge-93*); 176-6 Russell Lodge (Alastair Christie-2*); 187-7 Alastair Christie (Rob Iles-3*); 192-8 Rob Iles (Thomas Lamb-2*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||1||0|
|1||Gary Rogers||ct Kevin Hendy||b Thomas Lamb||10||0||0||0|
|2||Thomas Stoner||ct Alastair Christie||b Charlie Chivers||12||0||0||0|
|3||James Dunford||b Alastair Christie||82||0||0||0|
|4||Jacob Rogers||ct Russell Lodge||b Alastair Christie||12||0||0||0|
|5||George Dunford*||not out||38||0||0||0|
|6||Dominic Shearn||not out||18||0||0||0|
|7||Jack Lowe||did not bat|
|8||Joe Hutchinson||did not bat|
|9||Peter Hockley||did not bat|
|10||John Dunford||did not bat|
|11||Mark Wrigley†||did not bat|
|Extras b (6), lb (4), w (12), nb (1)||23|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||10||0|