"Nice" Win for Hodors Heroes
Due to a blank Saturday for the Marshfield 2nd team a friendly game was organised versus Pucklechurch 3rds at the neutral venue of Christian Malford.
With school half term and a few injuries hampering availabilities, both sides settled on a 9 a side 35 overs a side format.
Christian Malford kindly rented us their very picturesque village ground for the day and Tom the groundsman had prepared a strip more fitting of Barbados than deepest rural Wiltshire, quite an achievement considering the heavy rainfall we had received this past week.
Marshfield won the toss and duly chose to bat much to the disappointment of the away side’s skipper who was not looking forward to breaking the “we are fielding in the blistering heat first lads” news to his charges.
Glenn Perry and Hamish started the innings off for Marshfield and the first over passed without incident but it immediately became apparent that the bounce was going to be inconsistent at best. Sadly Hamish was the first (although certainly not the last) to fall victim to a “pea roller” from the young Pucklechurch leg-spinner, bowled for 1. Not to worry as in strode Nelson Reynolds on debut alas the leg-spinner produced a “Warne like” delivery that bowled Nelson around his legs almost as soon as he had taken guard. 15 for 2 (net 4) and panic!
Nelson Reynolds faces his first ball for Marshfield!
No need as Graham Tanner promoted aloft from his usual tail end position helped Glenn to move the score along at great pace. In the 8th over Glenn reached 50 and when Tanner did fall for a brisk 18 it brought in another debutante in youth team player Sam Duckett, who played some fine shots before chipping one to mid-on. Skipper Gary Hodder was next in and he accompanied Glenn onto his 100 which included 20 fours!! Glenn retired bringing out our 3rd new boy for the day Malcolm Miller who we had recruited from a rival club earlier in the week. Following a well-timed 4 through the covers, Malcolm became another victim to a ball that didn't bounce and departed LBW for 8. The skipper and last man Chalky hit some lusty blows in the final few overs to bring the score up to a very impressive 233.
Pucklechurch began their reply in confident mood and had a 1st team player on his way back from injury in the number 1 slot but G-Tan made short work of him and 2 of his colleges in the first few overs and the away sides batting had been decimated early on. Nick Taylor batting at 3 played some lovely shots and battled hard but wickets fell virtually every over at the other end leading to Tanner having to be removed from the bowling attack with figures of 3 overs 3 wickets for 0 runs!!
Nelson Reynolds bowled some agreeable off-spin and got a wicket with his first ball for the club. Sam Duckett bowled a good-looking spell and was unlucky not to claim a victim. It was left to Tim Hawkes to wrap up the final 2 wickets to end the Pucklechurch innings at 27 all out in 14 overs.
Massive 206 run victory for the Hero's.
Even though it was a one-sided result all the players from both sides got to do something in the game and it was played in a great spirit. Many thanks to Christian Malford and Tom for lending us the ground and we look forward to the next Marshfield Friendly fixture coming later in the month.
|Type :||Friendly||Date :||Saturday 2nd June 2018|
|Toss:||Marshfield CC - Friendly XI won the toss and elected to bat||Start Time:|
|Ground:||Christian Malford||Rules Type:||Standard|
Result: Marshfield CC - Friendly XI - Won by 206 runs
|Marshfield CC - Friendly XI||Pucklechurch CC - 3rd XI|
|Score||233 for 7 dec (29.3 overs) 'b' 't'||27 all out (14 overs)|
|1||Glenn Perry||not out||110||20||2||0|
|2||Hamish Walker†||b Patrick Walsh-Langford||1||0||0||0|
|3||Nelson Reynolds||b Patrick Walsh-Langford||0||0||0||0|
|4||Graham Tanner||lbw||b Nick Rivers||18||0||0||0|
|5||Sam Duckett||ct Nick Rivers||b Nick Taylor||3||0||0||0|
|6||Gary Hodder*||not out||49||9||0||0|
|7||Malcolm Miller||lbw||b Nick Rivers||8||1||0||0|
|8||Tim Hawke||b Nick Rivers||0||0||0||0|
|9||Ben White||b M Grainger||28||4||1||0|
|Extras b (2), lb (10), w (4)||16|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||12||0|
|1||Mike Wiltshire||b Graham Tanner||1||0||0||0|
|2||M Grainger||ct & b Graham Tanner||2||0||0||0|
|3||Nick Taylor||b Nelson Reynolds||9||1||0||0|
|4||Patrick Walsh-Langford||b Tim Hawke||8||1||0||0|
|5||E Langford||b Graham Tanner||0||0||0||0|
|6||Dean Freestone*†||b Nelson Reynolds||1||0||0||0|
|7||Nick Rivers||b Nelson Reynolds||0||0||0||0|
|8||M Kiddle||not out||0||0||0||0|
|9||K Walsh||b Tim Hawke||0||0||0||0|
|Extras w (6)||6|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||0||0|