Marshfield 3rd XI vs Bathford 2nd XI Saturday 11th August 2018
Frustration in the rain…
It seems churlish to complain about the rain after probably the driest summer since 1976, but there was little doubt that Saturday’s rain denied Marshfield a handsome win on Saturday against struggling Bathford. With just three more matches this season, all hopes of the title are now gone and Chippenham in 2nd have a 53 point advantage, albeit having played one more game, so it feels like the 3rds can only realistically aim for securing a third place (and probable promotion).
Under cloudy skies, Jim won the toss and chose to insert the opposition. With a predicted deluge from around 3.30, swiftly bowling out the hosts and knocking off a target before tea seemed the only route to victory.
Bathford, despite losing all their games this year, has on occasion batted well but started with a calamitous run out on the first ball of the match. A looping half-tracker from Harry Steele was pulled but badly mistimed to Ben White at square leg. Some good old-fashioned village running ensued, followed by Chalky hitting the stumps with a well-aimed shy, and Sutton was out by a yard, 0-1. This rapidly became 15-3 with Garrett caught at slip by Trotman off Will Christie and Watts, who was somewhat unlucky to be bowled off his pads by Steele.
At this stage it looked as if Marshfield may be able to force a result, however, Aguera and Noel were able to steady the ship in a composed 4th wicket stand. After the opening overs, Jim had turned to young Ben Sinkins who provided some excellent left arm over bowling and was unlucky not to take a high swirling return catch. The breakthrough came with the introduction of spin – Ben White at one end and Chris Ruddell at the other. Chalky struck first removing Aguera(bowled) and Noel (lbw), before the champagne moment of the match. Ruddell had arrived with his left arm heavily strapped, after a climbing incident during the week. Clearly discomforted, he was nonetheless able to bowl, and he took a sharp and low return catch to dismiss Musson. To take the catch he almost seemed to turn his good hand inside out, but take the catch he did and suddenly Bathford were six down for not that many. The remaining batsmen found runs hard to come by and the score limped along at no more than one per over. The real race now was the weather. Already light rain had fallen, never heavier enough to stop play, but heavy enough to discomfort glasses wearers.
Ben now chipped in with two more wickets, Jim taking a good catch at long off, and your correspondent stumping Barns. Chalky ran out of overs before he could claim a 5-for, and instead, it fell to Ben Sinkins to close the innings, firstly an excellent leg stump yorker removing Watts and then a swinging full-length ball to bowl Bobrowski, and Bathford were all done for 85 in 38.2 overs.
Tea was taken, and the rain began to fall again, and this time set in properly. There was no prospect of resuming at the scheduled time, and at 4.15 pm overs started to be lost. The Bathford skipper approached a recumbent Jim, who wanted to wait another 30 minutes, but shortly afterwards it became clear that there was no chance of further play and all decamped to the bar.
There were some excellent performances in the cricket that was played – Chalky’s four wickets and run out, Chris’s excellent, one-handed, catch, Harry Steele’s tidy and threatening bowling and young Ben Sinkins’ fine start in senior cricket.
Would Marshfield have knocked off the runs (whether reduced or not)? We cannot know for sure, but it seems likely with the old stagers of Creed, Guy and Trotman and a sprinkling of younger talent too. Although this is the first rain-affected game for the thirds this year, it comes on top of three early forfeits, and Box 2nds complete withdrawal from the league and this had led to a fairly disjointed feeling season. Roll on next week…
|Type :||League: Wiltshire County Cricket League - Division 8 2018||Date :||Saturday 11th August 2018|
|Toss:||Marshfield CC - 3rd XI won the toss||Start Time:||13:00|
|Ground:||Wynne Wilson Memorial Ground||Rules Type:||Standard|
Ben White 9-2-9-4. Darren Sutton run out off the first ball of the match. Game abandoned after prolonged heavy rain at tea time.
|Bathford CC - 2nd XI||Marshfield CC - 3rd XI|
|Score||84 all out (38.2 overs)||for 0 ( overs) 't'|
|1||Darren Sutton||run out (Ben White)||0||0||0||1|
|2||Alex Garrett*||ct Tony Trotman||b Will Christie||5||0||0||0|
|3||Carlos Aguera||b Ben White||27||0||0||0|
|4||Darrel Watts||b Harry Steele||1||0||0||0|
|5||M G Noel†||lbw||b Ben White||20||0||0||0|
|6||Ben Musson||ct & b Chris Ruddell||5||0||0||0|
|7||Steven Hunt||ct Jim Creed||b Ben White||5||0||0||0|
|8||Phil Barns||st Tim Woodman||b Ben White||1||0||0||0|
|9||Tom Watts||b Ben Sinkins||2||0||0||0|
|10||Ollie Bobrowski||b Ben Sinkins||2||0||0||0|
|11||Stephen Dent||not out||1||0||0||0|
|Extras b (2), lb (5), w (6), nb (2)||15|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||7||1|
|1||Richard Guy||did not bat|
|2||Harry Steele||did not bat|
|3||Tony Trotman||did not bat|
|4||Chris Ruddell||did not bat|
|5||Ben Sinkins||did not bat|
|6||Tim Woodman†||did not bat|
|7||Will Christie||did not bat|
|8||Sandra Rouse||did not bat|
|9||Ben White||did not bat|
|10||Jim Creed*||did not bat|
|11||Charles Harris||did not bat|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper