Heavens Open in Swindon
After Promising start For 3rd XI
From a position of great strength the week before (an actual proper selection process…) the 3rd’s came crashing back to earth for the usual hunting for players on Friday to fill up the team sheet. Happily a bit of quick asking around and a passed fitness test (not entirely sure it was the full rigorous work-out to be expected at a higher level) meant that the 3rd’s travelled to glorious Swindon with a full roster. The weather was good, but rumours of heavy showers and storms abounded. Continuing the fine traditions of third skippers, your correspondent lost the toss and NALGO chose to bat.
Taking the field with 10 (ex skipper Pierce delayed with urgent feline requirements) the honour of leading the attack went to Marshfield debutant Matt Roberts, alongside the evergreen Al Chivers. There can be no more heartening sight for a captain than to see a ringer (‘surely last minute recruit’ – Ed) turn up in full whites, as opposed to a random collection of clothing of roughly the correct hue and shape. Even better then to see the player sporting a cricket sweater with Clare College (Cambridge) on the breast - it rather suggests a player who may know which end of the bat is which and who, when asked to stand at third man, doesn’t ask where the first two will be standing. And so it was on Saturday, right up to the image shattering moment when the Clare College sweater was revealed to have a rather significant hole under the left armpit (apparently an incident with a light bulb and a wardrobe, although I suspect alcohol may also have played a part).
Nevertheless both Roberts and Chivers responded well to being given the new ball and both bowled a mostly tidy line, with Al as ever producing some lovely swing. NALGO players are rarely to be seen playing in a Threadgillian style, and with a love of big shots, there will always be chances created. Matt picked up the first wicket in the 5th over, with young Hodder taking the catch. Wickets however were hard to come by, and NALGO ticked along at around 4 an over.
Matt’s bowling steadily improved and he ended up with figures of 9-0-38-2. Al was unlucky in his six overs, finishing with 6-0-29-0. The prof had been brought on to replace Al, and settled into a steady spell, along with Piercy (who drove through torrential rain en route). It was now that the forecast showers arrived. A short, but sharp burst of rain drove the teams for cover, and spiced up the wicket considerably. As one of the NALGO players said, the Marshfield slow bowlers were now bowling ‘medium pace’. Possibly a slight exaggeration – the keeper saw no need to step back from the stumps, but it’s all relative. The ball did tend to skid through and more than one delivery lifted alarmingly.
Piercy removed the next batsman with Willsy taking a nasty swirling edge at gulley, and the fourth batsman fell in somewhat odd circumstances. After a slightly optimistic appeal from the Prof for lbw (to be fair your correspondent also went up) the NALGO umpire called not out but also ended up with his finger up. The batsman was some way out of his ground, and possibly was confused by this. Not so ex-skipper Pierce who pounced like a latter day Jonty Rhodes and ran him out. The batsman was less than impressed.
The dark clouds were gathering once again, and there was hint of thunder in the air too. Chris Ruddell replaced the prof, and firstly produced a fine edge to the keeper. The rain had by now started, and with what would clearly be the last ball for some time, induced the new batsman to lob the ball gently to Hodder at midwicket. I gather the description of the catch provided by Hodder may not tally exactly with the one above. And so with NALGO teetering at 135-6 the rains came.
After 20 minutes sheltering in the score hut, an early tea was taken. The rain stopped briefly after 40 minutes at which time there where puddles on the wicket. The NALGO skipper suggested waiting 30 minutes to see if it would improve, which was agreed, but became moot 10 minutes later when more rain started.
With the new system in place the points gained so far stand, so not a bad in the end, with 3 for the bowling and for fielding two qualified umpires and the points for the abandoned game.
One last point. The game saw the best and worst of behaviour – a NALGO umpire declined to give a stumping when the batsman was so far out that he had started walking (Bad) and Ruddell’s first wicket was caught behind with the faintest of nicks that the umpire could not have heard, but the batsman walked (Good). So apologies to all who have your correspondent or indeed the prof in your fantasy teams – you don’t get the points for the stumping…
|Type :||League: WCCL Division 8 - 2017||Date :||Saturday 20th May 2017|
|Toss:||Swindon Nalgo CC - 2nd XI won the toss and elected to bat||Start Time:||13:00|
|Ground:||NALGO Sports Ground||Rules Type:||Standard|
Game abandoned after 32 overs of Swindon Nalgo innings. Swindon Nalgo: Sandeep 50 not out.
|Swindon Nalgo CC - 2nd XI||Marshfield CC - 3rd XI|
|Score||135 for 6 (32 overs) 'b' 't'||0 for 0 (0 overs)|
Swindon Nalgo CC - 2nd XI Batting
|1||B Sandeep||not out||50||4||0||0|
|2||Harri Harri||ct Gary Hodder||b Matt Roberts||11||0||1||0|
|3||? Amit||b Matt Roberts||25||3||1||0|
|4||Arun Arun*||ct Andy Wills||b Andrew Pierce||15||2||0||0|
|5||Raj Raj||run out (Andrew Pierce)||8||1||0||0|
|6||Mr Jamei||ct Tim Woodman||b Chris Ruddell||19||3||0||0|
|7||A Ajay||ct Gary Hodder||b Chris Ruddell||2||0||0||0|
|8||Unsure||did not bat|
|9||Unsure||did not bat|
|10||Unsure||did not bat|
|11||Unsure||did not bat|
|Extras w (4), nb (1)||5|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||0||1|