A Bowler A Bowler My Kingdom for A Bowler..........
A much-changed Marshfield Twos took the field for their first home game of the season against a strong Trowbridge 11. This correspondent would like to say this was due to the axe falling on underperforming players after last weeks reverse against Devizes but it was more due to various injuries (Choppers personal private injury a prime example, as an aside Chopper the clinic is Tuesday 10 am Royal United Hospital). And people not available??? What they have all winter to go shopping/holiday /weddings get a grip and man up.
Welcoming back the Watson brothers for their first league game of the season along with 3rd team fringe squad players Elliot and Hodder obviously here just to make the numbers up. Marshfield was relying upon the regulars to see them through.
The first shock was Colin won the toss and Marshfield went into field. Last weeks bowling attack of Chivers, Iles, Lamb, Christie, White et al was replaced with Chivers, Hendy, Hodder, Elliott and Tanner. The sight of this had Russell Lodge practically running into the opposition changing room, transfer form in hand begging to be allowed to bat.
As it turned out he was not needed as the Trowbridge openers did pretty well on their own. Being particularly harsh on anything resembling a reasonable delivery they raced to 30 from 4 overs. Obviously, both having prior engagements early in the evening. Hendy opening from the top end serving up a buffet that put the superb tea from Piercy to shame.
To be fair the other end was not exactly tight either. Amazing Hendy made the breakthrough surprising the opener with one that almost if you squinted and it was dark, resembled a decent delivery clipping top of middle and off.
That was the last success Marshfield would have for another 16 overs when Graham Tanner took the second wicket with the score on 121. Colin again ringing the changes, found the unlikely combination of Tanner and Hodder and together they set about limiting the opposition to around 6 and over, the latter taking his 173 wicket for the club. Finishing with respectable, under the circumstances of 9 overs 53 for 1.
Trowbridge carried on dispatching the ball to all parts punctuated occasionally by the odd wicket, Charlie Chivers taking two catches, although the second looked like he was auditioning for the circus juggling the ball for what seemed an eternity before finally holding on.
Staring down the barrel of a huge 300 plus total enter Marshfield’s answer to Shane Warne, Glen Perry, who literally turned the game on its head. Finishing with career-best figures of 6 for 21 off of 4.3 overs containing a hat-trick which included two stumpings by Colin and the final coup de gras clean bowling the left-handed number 11 through the gate. Marshfield rejoiced Glen ran around celebrating like Iran Tahir.
Quite rightly Glen led the team off the field to rapturous applause. Glancing back to the square to see the last man still at the crease holding his failed forward defensive pose back knee on the ground looking down the pitch in disbelief. 5 minutes later he was still there before being led away by his teammates.
A hearty tea was taken complete with a new variety of sausage “Tanner sausages”. These are the same as normal sausages but arrive 10 minutes after tea had started.
Fully refreshed Marshfield went out to bat Glen and Dan opening. Both starting circumspectly putting on 52 for the first wicket. It was a foundation that had taken 18 overs that only put Marshfield 67 runs behind at the same stage. Glen was joined at the crease by Russell Lodge and immediately the run rate improved. Russ looking far more comfortable this week with even edges now going for 4. At drinks, Marshfield were 77 for 1 still 67 behind but with two wickets in hand. Would they make those count?
Time to put the hammer down. Glen departed for 38 in the 26th over. Russ joined now by Todd again set about the bowling. Todd with some glorious drives was unlucky to be caught at backward square leg one-handed off the middle of the bat when both him and Lodge were going well. The run rate was dropping down but still a lot to do. Hendy to the crease at a stand of 28 in 3 overs. Watson sacrificed second ball run out but had put on 26 in 3 overs with Lodge now teeing off.
Disaster Lodge Bowled but top score again with 81. It is my opinion that we might as well give Lodge the batting trophy now save everyone else worrying about it.
Now it was all about points 12 runs to 200 and maximum batting points. Colin and Elliott still going down swinging. Elliott goes and Tanner comes in but too little to late Marshfield dally 15 runs short with 7 wickets down.
Marshfield rue their bad start with the ball a couple of poor pieces of fielding and allowing a few fours. This made the difference.
There are some plus points the batting again looks strong enough to cope in this division and Trowbridge were worried when Lodge was at the crease. But we need to bowl and field a lot better.
One note when checking the scorebook this correspondants wicket was left off the analysis and it might be his last, bloody wife.
|Type :||League: Wiltshire County Cricket League - Division 4 2018||Date :||Saturday 12th May 2018|
|Toss:||Marshfield CC - 2nd XI won the toss and elected to field||Start Time:||13:00|
- R. Evans 63 P. Vanniyar 41 Glenn Perry 4.3-1-21-6 including hat-trick Russell Lodge 81
Result: Trowbridge CC - 2nd XI - Won by 15 runs
|Marshfield CC - 2nd XI||Trowbridge CC - 2nd XI|
|Score||233 for 7 (45 overs) 't'||248 all out (43.3 overs) 'b'|
|1||Ryan Salter||b Kevin Hendy||22||0||0||0|
|2||Rhys Evans†||ct Charlie Chivers||b Graham Tanner||63||0||0||0|
|3||Adam Bolton||ct Charlie Chivers||b Graham Tanner||37||0||0||0|
|4||Matthew Dicker||ct Russell Lodge||b Gary Hodder||8||0||0||0|
|5||Alistair Goddard*||not out||33||0||0||0|
|6||Prabhu Vanniyar||b Glenn Perry||41||0||0||0|
|7||Chris Dicker||st Colin Sinkins||b Glenn Perry||2||0||0||0|
|8||Sahil Basandrai||ct Daniel Watson||b Glenn Perry||18||0||0||0|
|9||Hayden Lloyd||st Colin Sinkins||b Glenn Perry||6||0||0||0|
|10||Luke Mitchell||st Colin Sinkins||b Glenn Perry||0||0||0||0|
|11||Alex Tanner||b Glenn Perry||0||0||0||0|
|Extras b (5), lb (4), w (7), nb (2)||18|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets
30-1 Ryan Salter (Rhys Evans-7*); 121-2 Rhys Evans (Adam Bolton-28*); 138-3 Matthew Dicker (Adam Bolton-37*); 138-4 Adam Bolton (Alistair Goddard-0*); 208-5 Prabhu Vanniyar (Alistair Goddard-23*); 212-6 Chris Dicker (Alistair Goddard-25*); 239-7 Sahil Basandrai (Alistair Goddard-32*); 248-8 Hayden Lloyd (Alistair Goddard-33*); 248-9 Luke Mitchell (Alistair Goddard-33*); 248-10 Alex Tanner (Alistair Goddard-33*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||9||0|
|1||Daniel Watson||ct Luke Mitchell||b Sahil Basandrai||28||3||0||0|
|2||Glenn Perry||lbw||b Chris Dicker||38||7||0||0|
|3||Russell Lodge||b Sahil Basandrai||81||11||2||0|
|4||Todd Richardson||ct Alex Tanner||b Hayden Lloyd||17||3||0||0|
|5||Kevin Hendy||ct Rhys Evans||b Hayden Lloyd||17||2||1||0|
|6||Matt Watson||run out (Unsure)||0||0||0||0|
|7||Colin Sinkins*†||not out||14||2||0||0|
|8||Andy Elliott||b Alex Tanner||18||1||1||0|
|9||Graham Tanner||not out||7||1||0||0|
|10||Gary Hodder||did not bat|
|11||Charlie Chivers||did not bat|
|Extras b (1), lb (4), w (5), nb (3)||13|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets
54-1 Daniel Watson (Glenn Perry-22*); 100-2 Glenn Perry (Russell Lodge-27*); 128-3 Todd Richardson (Russell Lodge-37*); 156-4 Kevin Hendy (Russell Lodge-48*); 182-5 Matt Watson (Russell Lodge-74*); 190-6 Russell Lodge (Colin Sinkins-1*); 224-7 Andy Elliott (Colin Sinkins-13*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||5||1|