MCC 3rd XI victory marred by an injury to Vice-Captain
Last Saturday saw the 3rd’s playing (a long way) away at Great Bedwyn, a lovely ground in an idyllic village, but one where your correspondent has mustered only 14 runs in 4 dismal attempts at the crease and has spent many an hour umpiring and waiting for something to field. The only memorable and vaguely uplifting experiences have involved (a) being the only soul on the leg-side to Matt Cox, who was bowling to an 8:1 field, and being asked to back-up at both ends, and (b) giving a certain W. Pascal (Snr) out LBW. Time, indeed, to remove the monkey from the back and, although the little bugger hasn’t entirely disappeared, the outcome of the match has definitely offered hope for the future.
Upon arriving, however, one could not be so positive. Only 10 players had appeared and the hunt was on for an additional body. ‘Serendipitously’, for us, the 2nd’s game had been called off so there were, in theory, 11 bodies straining at the leash for some cricket… however, in the end, only Kevin Hendy failed to take a step back when the call for a volunteer was made and he duly showed up after the game had been going for about an hour. Clearly a mixed blessing we felt at the time as, while welcoming Kevin’s charming wit and repartee to the on-field banter, his 3rd XI record with the bat to-date rivalled my own formidable stats versus Gt. B (see above).
On to the game! First up with the new ball was Will Christie with the surprise full toss to start, followed by a wide half-volley which the GB no. 1 steered straight into the safe hands of Wayne Lingard. From the other end, Dicko did what he always does and, after a few frustrating overs in which neither batter could get him away, the other opener missed a slower one (I know, a difficult concept around which to get one’s head) and was comprehensively bowled… eventually.
A stubborn partnership then frustrated the fielding side and a couple of sharp chances were spurned before the introduction of Chris Ruddell enticed the GB no. 3 to miscue into the capacious hands of GTan at cover (57-3). The elder Tuttle continued to hit anything loose to the boundary while his partner blocked and had made 59 out of 94 when he skied a well-flighted delivery from Rudds and Junior Chopper took the catch. There was a sense now that the opposition might fold and so it proved. Chris R picked up another wicket and completed a fine 9-over spell (3-34). Following a steady effort from Matt Jones, GTan took over at the other end and reeled off his 9 with the miserly figures of 2-21, the second wicket involving a smart grab by the Skipper at square leg. It was then left to Will (3-17) and Wayne (1-10, a nice catch by Kevin H) to sweep up those wickets that used to be Dicko’s and GB’s innings closed on 135 off 42.4 overs.
Job half-done, as the Captain reminded his batters after tea. Your correspondent was pleased to mishit a couple off ball one to get us going but then the run rate slowed down significantly… This was not helped by an unexpected rain shower and a very unfortunate injury to Tim Wooman, who managed to rupture a knee ligament while turning for a second run, and falling to the ground in some obvious discomfort. He immediately self-diagnosed the problem (having done the same thing to the other knee a few years back), declared himself finished for the season, and was helped from the field.1
Your correspondent and the returning Tony Trotman then saw off the GB opening attack in a soporific partnership (enlivened only by ironic cheering when a boundary was finally hit) before TT was castled first ball from the first-change bowler. The same young Tuttle also accounted for the other opener shortly thereafter, leaving MCC requiring just over 90 runs to win when drinks were taken after 22 overs. Kevin and Wayne batted sensibly to move us to 64 at an improving run rate before the latter was caught, bringing Will to the crease. At this point, Kevin decided that his monkey was dozing peacefully and he began to hit the ball harder and further. With the score on 106, Chopper missed a straight one and GTan came in, looking to get in the bar as soon as possible. KH continued to thump the bad ball to all parts and eventually finished with a fine 61 not out (GTan 12*, including a very uncharacteristic but nonetheless elegant square cut) as we passed the target for only 4 wickets off 38.5 overs.
A solid win, then, spoiled only by the unfortunate injury to our VC, who was appropriately toasted at a watering-hole on the drive home. The performance was convincing all round, the bowling and fielding on the money, and the batting – while dour at first – did the job comfortably knowing that wickets were in hand. KH has to be MoM, having made the long trek to GtB and then delivered with the bat. Two games to go and we’re not out of the woods yet, but a couple more performances like this one and we’ve a chance to escape the drop zone. Next week, away to Swindon.
Professor Richard Guy
 Readers will be pleased to hear that Mrs W raced across Wilts to be at Tim’s side, while his parents turned up to collect his car. Tim was duly delivered to the RUH in Bath where his diagnosis was confirmed; surgery was arranged for the next day, a successful operation resulting, and Tim has now returned to the bosom of his family where, I understand, he’s proving to be more grumpy than usual. Nonetheless, we wish him a painless and speedy recovery!
3rd XI v Gt Bedwyn, Away, 19/03/19
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Thanks to 3rdXI occasional Sim Townend for the photos!
|Type :||League: Wiltshire County Cricket League - Division 7 2019||Date :||Saturday 17th August 2019|
|Toss:||Great Bedwyn CC - 2nd XI won the toss and elected to bat||Start Time:||13:00|
|Ground:||Great Bedwyn CC||Rules Type:||Standard|
Result: Marshfield CC - 3rd XI - Won by 6 wickets
|Great Bedwyn CC - 2nd XI||Marshfield CC - 3rd XI|
|Score||135 all out (42.4 overs) 'b' 't'||136-4 (38.5 overs)|
Great Bedwyn CC - 2nd XI Batting
|1||Ivor Rowell||ct Wayne Lingard||b Will Christie||0||0||0||2|
|2||Jamie Robinson*||b Mark Dixon||6||0||0||23|
|3||Luke Turrel||ct Graham Tanner||b Chris Ruddell||20||0||0||61|
|4||Alistair Tuttle||ct Will Christie||b Chris Ruddell||59||7||0||63|
|5||Alex King||lbw||b Chris Ruddell||4||0||0||37|
|6||Robert Lovejoy||lbw||b Graham Tanner||3||0||0||9|
|7||Fin Tuttle||ct Jim Creed||b Graham Tanner||6||0||0||0|
|8||George Stone†||not out||13||0||0||0|
|9||Nathan Cox||ct Kevin Hendy||b Wayne Lingard||5||0||0||0|
|10||Oliver Rowell||lbw||b Will Christie||4||0||0||0|
|11||Pete Haddon||b Will Christie||0||0||0||0|
|Extras b (3), lb (2), w (5), nb (5)||15|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets
0-1 Ivor Rowell (Jamie Robinson-0*); 8-2 Jamie Robinson (Luke Turrel-0*); 57-3 Luke Turrel (Alistair Tuttle-27*); 94-4 Alistair Tuttle (Alex King-3*); 94-5 Alex King (Robert Lovejoy-1*); 99-6 Robert Lovejoy (Fin Tuttle-0*); 111-7 Fin Tuttle (George Stone-4*); 122-8 Nathan Cox (George Stone-7*); 135-9 Oliver Rowell (George Stone-13*); 135-10 Pete Haddon (George Stone-13*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||5||0|
Marshfield CC - 3rd XI Batting
|1||Richard Guy||ct Alistair Tuttle||b Fin Tuttle||18||1||0||66|
|2||Tim Woodman†||retired not out||1||0||0||10|
|3||Tony Trotman||b Fin Tuttle||8||0||0||38|
|4||Kevin Hendy||not out||61||9||1||72|
|5||Wayne Lingard||ct Luke Turrel||b Jamie Robinson||11||1||0||20|
|6||Will Christie||b Luke Turrel||8||0||0||20|
|7||Graham Tanner||not out||12||2||0||10|
|8||Jim Creed*||did not bat|
|9||Mark Dixon||did not bat|
|10||Matthew Jones||did not bat|
|11||Chris Ruddell||did not bat|
|Extras b (3), lb (3), w (8), nb (3)||17|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||6||0|