Big Jims 3rdXi Era Starts with Comfortable Victory
On a cold, dull, mid-May day, the new 3rd XI regime, eased to victory against a spirited Goatacre 4th XI. On arrival, the nature of the Goatacre side became swiftly apparent – fives lads off 13 or under, and the rest old enough to be their fathers, which was fitting as at least three of them were fathers of some of the youth. Jim and their captain came to a mutual agreement after assurances that Goatacre were more a ‘bowling’ side than a ‘batting’ side, and thus Richard and Ollie found themselves taking guard shortly after. Was this a cunning plan? Had the new skipper fallen for one of the oldest tricks in the book? Time would tell.
The pitch at Tormarton was its usual slow, low self, with just a sprinkling of uneven bounce, and the outfield had been cut, just possibly not that recently. With the cut wicket on one side of the square and a generous boundary on the village side, some amusing fielding and running seemed to be in the offing.
With Richard playing a classic openers role and Ollie prepared to open up from the off the score moved nicely on to 52, before Ollie mistimed one that skied to the keeper, for a well‑earned 37. Richard was joined all too briefly by the ex-skipper, still in shock at coming in first drop. A couple of crunching square-cuts aside, his stay was all too short, and he was replaced by Callum, finally sober after ‘that’ game last year. A tidy partnership took the score to 100 before both batsmen fell in quick succession, Richard for 37 and Callum 15. Previous incarnations of the 3rd’s may have subsided from here, but this side looked to have a bit more depth, and Keith took his chance to pillage some runs, his 36 including five boundaries and a six into the adjacent field. Josh Gay and Harvey Vellacott both making their first appearances in senior cricket batted tidily, and Jim and Will both added some late innings runs, before Marshfield closed on 164 for 9. As regulars at Tormarton know, anything over 150 is defendable, although 175 brings a slightly greater sheen of confidence, so the side approached the rather splendid tea in a good place, but by no means totally confident.
"plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose"1 as they don’t say in Preston, so it was once again the 3rd team bowler of the year to open the bowling (presumably the wind was sufficiently low on the Beaufort scale) with his usual nagging, accurate, just outside off stump line (surely ‘boring’ line – Ed). At the other end was a much improved Callum, running in and hitting a decent line with reasonable pace. Goatacre’s batsmen, true to expectation, struggled and it was not a surprise when Dicko claimed his first scalp of the season, clean bowling Andrews with a ball that swung, moved off the pitch and bounced (surely ‘he missed a straight one’ – Ed).
This set the scene for Harvey Vellacott to make his mark, taking over from Callum. He ran in well, and bowled at a decent skiddy pace, and had soon picked up his first senior wicket, bowling the other opener. After Dicko picked up a second wicket, caught by Jim, Harvey quickly bagged two more and Goatacre were reduced to 24-5. This soon became 25-6 with Richard taking a smart catch in the Terry position (surely ‘gulley’ - Ed) off Will Christie. Chris Ruddell, who had come into his own last season as a bowler, claimed a wicket, taken behind the stumps by an unusually sloppy ex-skipper.
At drinks, Goatacre were 37-7, and victory all but gone. There now followed a frustrating spell of twenty overs were Marshfield couldn’t buy a wicket, and Goatacre didn’t ever threaten to chase down the total, and the game drifted. The partnership of George and Andrew Lewis added 92 for the 8th wicket, with Lewis (A) reaching his 50 just before the end of the innings, with Jim finally taking the 8th wicket for another point with a gentle caught and bowled.
All in all a good day and a winning start for the 3rds, even with the sense of drift in the second half of the Goatacre innings. It was also a fine start in senior cricket for a couple of stars of the future.
MoM goes to Harvey for his excellent figures of 9-3-15-3.
1 Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr (1808-1890)
Some "action" shots of the game, although far too many as usual of bloody Prof Guy... Please click on a thumbnail for a larger view.
3rds V Goatacre 12/05/18
3rdXI Game V Goatacre, Tormarton, 12/05/18
|Type :||League: Wiltshire County Cricket League - Division 8 2018||Date :||Saturday 12th May 2018|
|Toss:||Marshfield CC - 3rd XI won the toss and elected to bat||Start Time:||13:00|
|Ground:||Tormarton CC||Rules Type:||Standard|
Harvey Vellacott (U13) 9-3-15-3 on senior debut George Lewis (u13) 9/1/21/2 and 26 Andrew Lewis 52* and 9/0/16/2
Result: Marshfield CC - 3rd XI - Won by 36 runs
|Marshfield CC - 3rd XI||Goatacre CC - 4th XI|
|Score||164 for 9 (45.0 overs) 'b' 't'||128 for 8 (45 overs)|
|1||Richard Guy||run out (Vaughan Andrews)||37||2||0||83|
|2||Oliver Hendy||ct Eric Pyke||b Thomas Andrews||37||3||0||59|
|3||Tim Woodman†||b Martyn Riley||5||1||0||7|
|4||Callum Duckett||b George Lewis||15||2||0||27|
|5||Josh Gay||ct Thomas Lewis||b George Lewis||3||0||0||17|
|6||Keith Pullin||lbw||b Andrew Lewis||36||5||1||38|
|7||Chris Ruddell||lbw||b Andrew Lewis||0||0||0||2|
|8||Jim Creed*||ct Eric Pyke||b Steve Williams||6||0||0||12|
|9||Will Christie||not out||4||0||0||14|
|10||Mark Dixon||ct Eric Pyke||b Steve Williams||1||0||0||4|
|11||Harvey Vellacott||not out||3||0||0||8|
|Extras b (10), lb (2), w (4), nb (1)||17|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets
52-1 Oliver Hendy (Richard Guy-13*); 61-2 Tim Woodman (Richard Guy-16*); 100-3 Richard Guy (Callum Duckett-15*); 101-4 Callum Duckett (Josh Gay-0*); 124-5 Josh Gay (Keith Pullin-19*); 125-6 Chris Ruddell (Keith Pullin-20*); 149-7 Keith Pullin (Jim Creed-6*); 151-8 Jim Creed (Will Christie-1*); 158-9 Mark Dixon (Will Christie-3*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||12||1|
|1||Vaughan Andrews||b Mark Dixon||4||0||0||27|
|2||Eric Pyke†||b Harvey Vellacott||6||0||0||42|
|3||Mike Pyke||ct Jim Creed||b Mark Dixon||6||1||0||20|
|4||Thomas Lewis||lbw||b Harvey Vellacott||1||0||0||14|
|5||Martyn Riley||b Harvey Vellacott||0||0||0||12|
|6||William Walter||ct Richard Guy||b Will Christie||0||0||0||3|
|7||Nick Walter||ct Tim Woodman||b Chris Ruddell||4||0||0||6|
|8||George Lewis||ct & b Jim Creed||26||0||0||54|
|9||Andrew Lewis||not out||52||3||1||66|
|10||Thomas Andrews||not out||3||0||0||6|
|11||Steve Williams*||did not bat|
|Extras b (6), lb (3), w (14), nb (3)||26|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets
9-1 Vaughan Andrews (Eric Pyke-0*); 21-2 Eric Pyke (Mike Pyke-0*); 22-3 Mike Pyke (Thomas Lewis-0*); 23-4 Thomas Lewis (Martyn Riley-0*); 24-5 Martyn Riley (William Walter-0*); 25-6 William Walter (Nick Walter-0*); 37-7 Nick Walter (George Lewis-0*); 119-8 George Lewis (Andrew Lewis-0*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||9||0|