Marshfield “3rd XI” win another one!

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For the second time in three Saturdays, MCC celebrated cheap(er) beer back at Broadleys as all three sides recorded victories… it’s been a while since that has happened, I’ll wager.  The key to success, of course, lies in player availability and, while the 1st XI has enjoyed consistency in its ranks, the 2nd and 3rd XIs have suffered wider variability in composition than usual, an observation clearly reflected in our current league positions.

This past weekend, however, the pendulum was on the ‘abundance-of-riches’ side of the spectrum such that we really fielded 2.5 2nd XIs plus 0.5-worth of usual 3rd XI suspects.  Even more remarkable, there were available stalwarts who were regrettably left without a game…

At Tormarton, the 3rd’s took on Warminster with a side of evident talent that included Perry, Pollitt, Iles, Elliott and Chivers, names not typically associated with Creedo’s band of merry men and (now frequently) women.  The opposition skipper, having seen that Tom Lamb was not in our side, figured he would have a bowl and get in the bar as soon as possible.  However, while one of the Marshfield openers was a known and unthreatening quantity, Warminster were not prepared to parry the plundering pair of Perry and Pollitt.george pollit

The first 9 overs saw 50 on the board, of which Glenn had contributed 38 before he inexplicably decided to get stumped off the first ball bowled by Warminster’s captain.  This brought Princess Pollitt to the wicket for his last appearance of the season in a MCC cap (shame!) and he did not disappoint. Indeed, 34.5 overs later, with Marshfield on 236-1, young George walked off with bat raised having clobbered 106* off 100 balls exactly.  The other contributor to the unbroken partnership of 183 was considerably worse for wear, having contributed fewer runs in significantly more balls (some things never change).

George’s effort was excellent and included some incredibly straight hitting down the ground.  His innings was otherwise carefully constructed on a pitch that is never completely batsman-friendly and with a couple of bowlers who knew what they were doing (Puskar being the miserly stand-out, bowling his 9 overs for only 18 runs).  Running between the wickets failed to produce a classic pantomime moment between George and your correspondent but it did at least hold the spectators’ attention at times.  By the end, maximum batting points had been acquired and Warminster had been denied a single bowling point, another milestone that has probably never been achieved by Marshfield’s 3rd XI.

Following an excellent tea, including another Jane Christie cake of diabolical dimensions, we took the field inspired by our leader’s rallying cry of ‘don’t let’s screw this up’.  Opening the bowling were Charlie Chiv from the pavilion end and Ilo from the other.  Both were straight and sharper than anyone we’ve seen in Div.7 this season.  No surprise then when the opposition number 2 tried to break the shackles only to be caught smartly at mid-off by Will Christie off Ilo.  Cue raucous cheering from the assembled Christie clan on the boundary.

After a period of consolidation, but few runs, Rob tuned in his radar properly and clean bowled Warminster’s numbers 3 and 4, reducing them to 27-3.  Charlie took a well-earned break having finished an excellent, but unrewarded, spell of 6 overs for 9 runs.  Ellsy took over and had a wicket off his first ball; soon after, Ilo grabbed his fourth scalp and finished his 9 with a superb 4-28 and almost no chuntering.

In the meantime, Ellsy was on a roll, bowling like the demon he always dreamt he would be.  At regular intervals, he removed a succession of Warminster hopefuls.  An opportunity for a hat-trick was refused but that didn’t stop him from recording what I understand is his best MCC analysis to-date: 7.1-4-13-6, figures that saw him end up second on the WCCL weekly bowling honours board.  A terrific effort!

Spare a thought for the Preston trundler who bowled 23 dot balls in his 4 overs, the other one going for 6 over the outstretched arms of Glenn Perry.  Commiserations too to Will, GTan and the skipper, who were denied the chance to bat or bowl.  Still, no matter, there’s always next week!  A great outcome then, with maximum points (26) achieved to lift us off the bottom of the table.  MoM has to be shared between George and Ellsy, with a special mention to Ilo.  Next week, we take on the league leaders at Christian Malford, and a repeat performance would be handy….

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 Professor Richard Guy


Marshfield CC - 3rd XI Vs Warminster CC - 3rd XI

Fixture Details

Type : League: Wiltshire County Cricket League - Division 7 2019 Date : Saturday 27th July 2019
Toss: Warminster CC - 3rd XI won the toss and elected to field Start Time: 13:00
Ground: Tormarton CC Rules Type: Standard

Highlights :

Geroge Pollitt 106*, Ricard Guy 70*, 

Andy Elliot 7.1-4-13-6, Robbie Isles 9-3-28-4

Result Summary

Result:    Marshfield CC - 3rd XI - Won by 175 runs

  Marshfield CC - 3rd XIWarminster CC - 3rd XI
Score 236-1 (45.0 overs) 'b' 61 all out (26.1 overs) 't'
Game Points 26 1

Marshfield CC - 3rd XI


 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Richard Guy not out   70 6 0 143
2 Glenn Perry st Neil Skinner b  Graham Cuthbertson 38 6 1 33
3 George Pollitt not out   106 15 0 100
4 Keith Pullin did not bat          
5 Mark Dixon did not bat          
6 Charlie Chivers did not bat          
7 Andy Elliott did not bat          
8 Jim Creed* did not bat          
9 Rob Iles did not bat          
10 Will Christie did not bat          
11 Graham Tanner did not bat          
Extras       b (1), lb (6), w (9), nb (6) 22  
Total 236  
Wickets 1  
Overs 45.0  

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

53-1 Glenn Perry (Richard Guy-8*); 

* = not out batsman


BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
Tom Simpkins 4.0 0 29 0 1 0
Jono Byass 5.0 1 18 0 3 2
L Puskar 9.0 4 18 0 0 0
Graham Cuthbertson 9.0 1 48 1 0 0
James Lamont 3.0 0 20 0 2 0
Liam Carpenter 8.0 0 47 0 2 3
Dan Barber 7.0 0 49 0 1 1
Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 7 0
Total 45 6 236 1 9 6

Warminster CC - 3rd XI


 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Neil Skinner   b  Rob Iles 4 0 0 0
2 L Puskar ct Will Christie b  Rob Iles 2 0 0 0
3 Andrew Crabtree   b  Rob Iles 9 1 0 0
4 Oli Nathan   b  Rob Iles 1 0 0 0
5 Liam Carpenter ct Richard Guy b  Andy Elliott 0 0 0 0
6 Matt Carpenter   b  Andy Elliott 2 0 0 0
7 Tom Simpkins   b  Andy Elliott 24 3 2 0
8 Jono Byass ct Keith Pullin b  Andy Elliott 0 0 0 0
9 Dan Barber   b  Andy Elliott 0 0 0 0
10 James Lamont not out   4 0 0 0
11 Graham Cuthbertson*   b  Andy Elliott 0 0 0 0
Extras       b (5), lb (2), w (8) 15  
Total 61  
Wickets all out  
Overs 26.1  

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

11-1 L Puskar (Neil Skinner-0*); 22-2 Andrew Crabtree (Neil Skinner-0*); 27-3 Oli Nathan (Neil Skinner-0*); 28-4 Liam Carpenter (Neil Skinner-0*); 32-5 Neil Skinner (Matt Carpenter-0*); 42-6 Matt Carpenter (Tom Simpkins-0*); 56-7 Jono Byass (Tom Simpkins-0*); 57-8 Dan Barber (Tom Simpkins-0*); 57-9 Tom Simpkins (James Lamont-0*); 61-10 Graham Cuthbertson (James Lamont-0*); 

* = not out batsman


BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
Charlie Chivers 6 2 9 0 2 0
Rob Iles 9 3 28 4 3 0
Andy Elliott 7.1 4 13 6 0 0
Mark Dixon 4 3 6 0 0 0
Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 7 0
Total 26.1 12 63 10 5 0


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