2022 Match Reports

Match Report: MARSHFIELD CC - 3RD XI V CORSHAM CC - 4TH XI, 14/5/22

3rds Toil In The Sun As Corsham Make Hay

Gary Hodder's last match for Marshfield - many thanks for the memories and good luck in the States!

A frustrating day at Tormarton saw Marshfield 3rds suffer a chastening defeat, and left the skipper wondering just how many black cats had been run over by en route to the game. Not much would go Marshfields way, and that started with the toss, lost by the skipper. On a hot afternoon, with little wind, Marsh were consigned to field. Opening up with pace from both ends the skipper and Ilo ran in gamely. Ilo induced the first chance, a sharp edge that went between Graham and keeper Colin. It did not prove too costly, as Hyde was bowled by Andy shortly after. This may have been a mistake.

Arriving at the crease was Theo Todhunter, on loan from the 3rds, and he will have enjoyed his trip to Tormarton. Combining with the well named Michael Fortune, the pair scored a record 219 run partnership for the second wicket. Fortune's 83 was unusual in that he never really found any fluency and timing, but the same could not be said of Todhunter's knock. Riding his luck somewhat, as the innings progressed the shots got bigger and more powerful. Indeed while for the first 30 overs or so the scoring rate was not to rapid, the last 15 overs pushed the score out of reach.

Marshfield were certainly unlucky - on many occassions mis-hit shots fell into gaps in the field, but its also true that chances were missed - Hendy a sharp one at midwicket, your correspondent two at long on. On another day it could have been different. Once the partnership was broken, wickets tumbled with Elliot claiming three and Tanner one, so at least some points were in the bag.

Chasing 281 always looked a tall order, and the pitch as usual played worse as the game went on. Despite that a breezy start from Colin (26) and the revived Andy Jenkins (44) took the 3rds to 67 for 1 before Sinkins departed and your correspondent quickly followed. Ilo (29) restored some measure of calm, but from 124-3 the innings somewhat subsided to 143 for 7.

All that remained was the game within the game. Young Hodder, soon no more for these parts as he seeks fame and glory in Hollywood, had arrived at the crease with just one aim in mind. Just as with Donald Bradman all those years before, Gary needed a small number of runs for a significant milestone, In Gary's case it was just 6 runs to end on 3000 (official runs, as per Play Cricket's website). With careful watchfulness, he patiently eased his way to 5, and then, with just one scampered single needed, a rush of blood to the head saw him mow furiously at a delivery, miss the ball and be cleaned bowled, and thus depart the scene to cries of laughter from the watching hordes, marooned forever of 2,999 runs... He took it in good heart.

And so the full overs completed, Marsh were 161 for 9, with Dicko teaching young Maddie the importance of a red inker for your average.

Much praise must go to Shaun for acting as 12th man and putting his heart and soul int fielding on a hot day. Perhaps one of the biggest issues facing the 3rds this year will be age, and an attack that is starting to look rather toothless. Rumours that the team will take the pitch on Saturday to the theme from Dad's Army have been denied...



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