Elliots Botham-esque Efforts Not Quite enough for victory
After the misery of yet another forfeit win the previous week, Jim’s 3rd team returned to action against Chippenham 4ths at a breezy Sheldon School. Set a challenging, but gettable 216, Marshfield closed on 193 for 9, and thus the perfect start to the season came to an end.
On winning the toss, Jim had no hesitation on inserting the opposition. The regular opening attack of Dixon and Duckett started well, but with a small boundary and quick outfield, loose deliveries were dispatched to the ropes with alarming regularity from the bat of Dunford. The attempts to restrict the scoring were not helped when Dicko finally induced a mistimed pull from Dunford, only for Callum to unexpectedly shell the chance, after doing the hardest part of the job in moving swiftly to his right. Sometimes dropped catches have little influence on a game – this was not one of those times, with Dunford motoring on until finally dismissed for a very handy 92, bowled by a toiling Iles. Jim had earlier taken the first wicket, trapping the other opening with the score at 100.
With the big-hitting Dunford gone there seemed a chance to establish some control, and indeed Ilo and Jim did bring the scoring rate down. However, it was the introduction of Andy Elliot, fresh from abandoning crucial plumbing jobs across the county, who found the most success with his sprightly medium pace. His spell of 9-1-35-4 did much to restrict the Chippenham total and included the crucial wicket of Kumar, whose breezy 42 included three consecutive boundaries off Dicko’s first over of his second spell. This time the danger man was well taken by Will Christie at long-on. Will too claimed a wicket, but Chippenham never collapsed, and finished on a decent 215 for 7.
A comment must be made at this point of poor Ilo’s toils and his reaction to said toil. Never a man to hide his feelings, his frustration on this occasion boiled over into an ever-increasing display of Basil Fawlty-like excess (for younger readers – Fawlty Towers was a popular BBC comedy from the 1970’s). Although not stooping to uprooting plants to thrash his car, he did on several occasions lie on the turf and pound both fists into the ground. This, on top of numerous facial gurns and vocal grunts, left the batsmen in no doubt that Ilo was somewhat annoyed at their stubborn refusal to get themselves out, and prompts suggestions of an Ilo scale, where future bowlers outbursts can be measured against.
Tea was taken with three highlights – watching England’s two excellent tries in the rugby, watching the heavy shower from inside and discovering just how popular the team’s plumber was with assorted bar-staff (charge a phone? – no problem Andy).
Many a Marshfield 3rds, when facing a total of over 200, would have adopted the approach of India in the 1975 World Cup (set 335 to win off 60 overs, Gavaskar scored 36 not out off 174 deliveries, with just the one boundary). Not this side. Despite the presence of Kevin Hendy, Ilo and Elliot, Jim opted to retain his settled top order, Richard opening with Ollie Hendy. With Chippenham’s opening bowlers hitting a good line and length, Marshfield struggled. Ollie departed for 9, after surviving several scares, and was replaced by your correspondent, who faced just the one delivery, given out caught behind, to a ball he clearly failed to hit (and should have been given out LBW). 13-2 rapidly became 30-3, 44-4 and then 51-5 as Callum, Kev Hendy and Chris Ruddell all fell cheaply.
A 40 run stand developed between the Prof and the Plumber (surely a pub in Cambridge? – Ed), but Richard fell with the score at 91, and victory a distant prospect. Ilo could only add 8, and so Jim strode out at 114-7 into his first proper 3rd team crisis of the season. With a combination of watchfulness and punishing the bad ball (surely a model for ALL batsmen) the pair restored some order and gradually the win became a possible outcome again. Alas Andy, having reached his half-century, departed for 62 from 64 balls with the score on 183, and another 33 runs still needed. Could
Jim see the game home? Dicko gamely sacrificed his wicket to ensure that the skipper kept the strike (could a fitter man have run two? Probably not.) Alas the asking rate was just too high, and Marshfield closed on 193 for 9, losing in the end by just 22 runs.
This was a match that Marshfield always seemed to be behind the curve, with the missed chance at Dunford proving costly. That said it was a good effort to stay in touch against a side who will likely be in the top three when the reckoning is done.
No contest for MoM – Andy’s bowling and batting far surpassed all other efforts
|Type :||League: Wiltshire County Cricket League - Division 8 2018||Date:||Saturday 16th June 2018|
|Toss:||Marshfield CC - 3rd XI won the toss and elected to field||Start Time:||13:00|
|Ground:||Sheldon School||Rules Type:||Standard|
Result: Chippenham CC, Wilts - 4th XI - Won by 22 runs
|Chippenham CC, Wilts - 4th XI||Marshfield CC - 3rd XI|
|Score||215 for 7 (45.0 overs) 'b'||193 for 9 (45.0 overs) 't'|
|1||Jon Clark||lbw||b Jim Creed||18||2||0||56|
|2||Nathan Dunford||b Rob Iles||92||15||1||85|
|3||Wayne Young||lbw||b Andy Elliott||4||0||0||32|
|4||Karan Kumar†||ct Will Christie||b Andy Elliott||42||5||3||29|
|5||Peter Lakeland*||lbw||b Andy Elliott||1||0||0||7|
|6||Greg Smith||not out||21||2||0||35|
|7||Tony Sullivan||b Andy Elliott||1||0||0||4|
|8||Andrew Petty||b Will Christie||9||2||0||17|
|9||William Thompsett||not out||6||1||0||6|
|10||Dan Lakeland||did not bat|
|11||Dan Pettit||did not bat|
|Extras b (3), lb (8), w (11)||22|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets
100-1 Jon Clark (Nathan Dunford-74*); 120-2 Nathan Dunford (Wayne Young-1*); 151-3 Wayne Young (Karan Kumar-25*); 168-4 Karan Kumar (Peter Lakeland-0*); 171-5 Peter Lakeland (Greg Smith-4*); 173-6 Tony Sullivan (Greg Smith-4*); 201-7 Andrew Petty (Greg Smith-21*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||11||0|
|1||Richard Guy||b Greg Smith||30||3||0||82|
|2||Oliver Hendy||b Dan Pettit||9||2||0||24|
|3||Tim Woodman†||ct Karan Kumar||b Dan Pettit||0||0||0||1|
|4||Callum Duckett||b William Thompsett||5||1||0||12|
|5||Kevin Hendy||ct Nathan Dunford||b William Thompsett||10||2||0||14|
|6||Chris Ruddell||lbw||b William Thompsett||1||0||0||13|
|7||Andy Elliott||b Dan Pettit||62||5||1||64|
|8||Rob Iles||b Tony Sullivan||8||1||0||14|
|9||Jim Creed*||not out||36||3||1||41|
|10||Mark Dixon||run out (Wayne Young)||8||1||0||7|
|11||Will Christie||not out||0||0||0||3|
|Extras b (4), lb (3), w (13), nb (4)||24|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets
13-1 Oliver Hendy (Richard Guy-3*); 13-2 Tim Woodman (Richard Guy-3*); 30-3 Callum Duckett (Richard Guy-9*); 44-4 Kevin Hendy (Richard Guy-11*); 51-5 Chris Ruddell (Richard Guy-17*); 91-6 Richard Guy (Andy Elliott-21*); 114-7 Rob Iles (Andy Elliott-35*); 183-8 Andy Elliott (Jim Creed-34*); 192-9 Mark Dixon (Jim Creed-35*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||7||1|