MCC 3rd XI record back-to-back wins and exit relegation zone (we hope)
For the second week running, the 3rd’s were away, this time to Swindon at Lydiard Millicent. Another warm day, reminiscent of last season, but without George Pollitt practising serial emesis in the hedgerows, and with a friendlier-looking wicket that we had found 12 months ago. Jim duly lost the toss and we were invited to have a bowl. Charlie Chivers and Ilo opened up and proved next to impossible to score off, creating increasing frustration for the Swindon openers. The more aggressive of the two was not happy with Jim’s decent impersonation of Brian Close at short leg and decided to take on a Chiv short one to move our redoubtable skipper out of the way. This proved to be a bad plan because the ball “got big” and the spliced mis-hit was safely pouched by Harry Steele.
The opposition no. 3 was their best bat and began carefully with only a momentary mad moment of “running” between the wickets that was enough to see off the other opener. While the attempted run was comical and ended up with both batsman at the striker’s end, exactly why GTan – at first slip - thought it a good idea to try and throw down the stumps at that same end (as opposed to simply lobbing the ball back to Charlie) is a mystery. However, as his aim was poor, the end result was the same; Swindon two down for less than 20.
As Chiv and Ilo ran through their 9-over spells (1-29 and 0-14, respectively), the scoreboard only occasionally ticked before Dicko and Chopper Jnr. took over bowling duties. The latter nabbed a wicket quite quickly to a genuine off-break (I’m told) while the former delivered his usual metronomic spell, interrupted only by two concerted efforts to deny him a wicket; skied efforts from the no. 3 that were politely refused by fielders who will remain nameless [unless the Ed. decides to shame them, that is].
At this point, Jim decided to turn to the flight and guile of young Rudds and the ‘wise-old-head’ of GTan, who eventually agreed to have a bowl “(sigh) what, up the hill and into the wind?”. In reality, the gradient was approximately 0.01% and the occasional puff of breeze was no more than 0.01 on the Beaufort Scale. Nonetheless, the changes did the trick. First, another run out followed by a wicket for Graham. Then, the no. 3 just couldn’t resist the wily Rudd and mis-timed a hoik into the safe hands of Ilo at deep cow. Some lusty blows ensued from batters 7 and 8 before they were both caught by Glenn Perry off a happy Ruddle. The first was a sharp, low chance at short mid-wicket, the second a spectacular one-hand grab while running at full tilt from a deeper position in the general direction of square leg. Brilliant!
All that remained was another run out, the non-striker being so desperate to have a bat that his partner was sacrificed ruthlessly, and a fairly unimpressive bit of collective fielding by us that allowed the only 3 of the match to be run off the last ball of the innings. Swindon 145-9 off 45, run outs and Rudds (3-38) each with three wickets. An excellent bowling performance and some intense activity in the field but, like the week before, a job only half done as we slunk off to a plentiful tea.
MCC opened up with the usual no. 1 and Glenn in partnership and the score had passed 30 a lot quicker than it did at GtB last week when the latter was adjudged leg before. Ilo was in at 3 and immediately looked comfortable despite some, shall we say, variable bounce that kept the bowlers interested. That having been said, there were enough loose deliveries around that the score kept moving sensibly towards the target with a bit to spare. Apart from the occasional bit of mis-timing, by the time of the second round of drinks at 30 overs the finishing line was within touching distance. Only one blip remained as your correspondent zoned out for a moment and was easily stumped. The eyes of Jim, who was umpiring at square leg, rolled so far back in his head that you could see them bouncing by his ankles shortly thereafter. In case that did not send the message clearly enough, Jim declined to raise his finger in the conventional manner, preferring instead to use the digit to simply point the chastened ex-batsman in the direction of the pavilion.
Boop came in to keep Ilo company while he should have completed a deserved 50. Unfortunately, Rob’s attempt to hit a 4 to take us past the target didn’t quite make it and he finished a run short as we cantered home for the loss of only 2 wickets with 10.1 overs to spare. An excellent, clinical job, then, and it just shows what can be possible when player availabilities are consistent. The win took us out of the bottom 2 and the league’s decision on the unfortunate Avebury cancellation pushed us into 7th and only 3 points behind the team above. Champagne moment definitely goes to Glenn’s catch, while MoM is Ilo’s for a fine all-round performance. The last game looms and may be done by the time you get to read this report… Allington at home and a chance to reverse the defeat that we suffered at their place 9 weeks ago!
Professor Richard Guy
|Type :||League: Wiltshire County Cricket League - Division 7 2019||Date :||Saturday 24th August 2019|
|Toss:||Swindon CC, Wilts - B XI won the toss and elected to bat||Start Time:||13:00|
|Ground:||Lydiard Millicent Playing Field||Rules Type:||Standard|
Result: Marshfield CC - 3rd XI - Won by 8 wickets
|Swindon CC, Wilts - B XI||Marshfield CC - 3rd XI|
|Score||145-9 (45.0 overs) 'b' 't'||146-2 (34.5 overs)|
Swindon CC, Wilts - B XI Batting
|1||Adson Cabral*||ct Harry Steele||b Charlie Chivers||8||0||0||0|
|2||Nathan Selladurai||run out (Graham Tanner)||5||0||0||0|
|3||Matthew Baker||ct Rob Iles||b Chris Ruddell||49||0||0||0|
|4||Yusuf Khan||b Will Christie||11||0||0||0|
|5||Daniel Baker†||run out (Glenn Perry)||15||0||0||0|
|6||Ashley Vas||ct Charlie Chivers||b Graham Tanner||1||0||0||0|
|7||Ethan Teale||ct Glenn Perry||b Chris Ruddell||21||0||0||0|
|8||Andy Hallsworth||ct Glenn Perry||b Chris Ruddell||6||0||0||0|
|9||Tanay Shah||run out (Chris Ruddell)||5||0||0||0|
|10||Charlie Hallsworth||not out||3||0||0||0|
|11||Aaron Afonso||not out||0||0||0||0|
|Extras b (8), w (7), nb (5)||20|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||8||3|
Marshfield CC - 3rd XI Batting
|1||Richard Guy||st Daniel Baker||b Charlie Hallsworth||42||6||0||89|
|2||Glenn Perry||lbw||b Ethan Teale||21||4||0||26|
|3||Rob Iles||not out||49||7||0||88|
|4||Keith Pullin†||not out||9||2||0||11|
|5||Mark Dixon||did not bat|
|6||Charlie Chivers||did not bat|
|7||Chris Ruddell||did not bat|
|8||Harry Steele||did not bat|
|9||Jim Creed*||did not bat|
|10||Will Christie||did not bat|
|11||Graham Tanner||did not bat|
|Extras b (7), lb (2), w (12), nb (4)||25|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||9||0|