Back to the Future 4! – Marshfield 3rd’s revisit the 1990’s…
They only made three ‘Back to the Future’ films, but Marshfield 3rds provided a compelling case on Saturday for a further sequel, this one featuring Marshfield taking the role of the England test team in the mid 1990’s and producing a bigger collapse than that seen in the Tory poll lead in the last four weeks (that one’s for all you reds out there). From a position of strength at drinks chasing 203 to win, Marshfield subsided from 92-0 to 139 all out. For followers of these chronicles such a collapse is not unheard of, yet this was from a line up described by some as the ‘strongest third team Marshfield have ever put out’. As 1990’s England captains found so often the engine of the batting line up had been swapped from a Ferrari to one from a clapped out Mini Metro, with a dodgy gearbox to boot. Numbers 3 to 7 scored just 17 runs between them, and only some late slogging from your correspondent pushed the total into the barely respectable range.
Calne 2nds had won all their completed games in Div 8 this season, and were clearly always going to present a challenge. The thirds had been strengthened by the inclusion of Keith Pullin, Andy Elliott and Ben ‘Chalky’ White. On arriving at Calne’s very well appointed ground, the skipper consulted the ‘Brains Trust’ of senior (in some cases very senior) players as to whether to bat if he happened to win the toss. Pointless really, third team captains never win tosses, and so it proved, with the Calne skipper having no hesitation in choosing to bat.
After a quick fact finding mission (much derided by an unamed former 3rd XI skipper) the current skipper decided to open with a mix of pace and spin with the Preston Express at one end and Chalky at the other (readers can decide for themselves which is which…) As would be expected from these two the opening overs were tidy, although it was immediately apparent the pitch was very good and the left handed opener was unlucky not to be in the Calne 1st XI.
Despite the tight bowling Calne scored at 4 an over from the off. Chalky bowled one of the openers with a delivery that nipped back a touch through a very large gate, but the next three wickets added 54, 33 and 50 runs respectively. Both Dicko (9-1-34-0) and Chalky (9-2-32-2) bowled straight through their nine overs, Els taking over the pace attack, with Piercy keeping the spin coming. Elsy in particular bowled with aggression and some useful movement, early on inducing an under edge which the keeper fumbled (sorry) and generally troubling the batsmen. Piercy removed the left handed opener, and Elsy was finally rewarded for his efforts with his last delivery, the keeper taking a regulation caught behind. Piercy (4-0-30-1), clearly hampered by an injury (“surely old age” – Ed) was restricted to four somewhat expensive overs, and Chris Ruddell replaced him with his combination of flight and guile and picked up a wicket in his 7-0-42-1. This left Will ‘Minichops’ Christie and the timeless Richard ‘Prof’ Guy to finish the innings. Minichops bustled in well and picked up a wicket (4-0-25-1) while the Prof did what he has done so well in recent times and picked up three rabbits in very quick time to record figures of 1.3-1-2-3, much to the disgust of Mark ‘Wicketless’ Dixon.
Calne were bowled out for 202 in 43.3 overs – a good effort in the field on a good pitch and a reasonably fast outfield. Much credit must go to Callum Ducket, whose efforts may well have saved 15-20 runs, and to the Calne umpire for giving a run out and stumping that most Marshfield players thought should have been not out.
In the absence once again of Willsy (lost on a bike in France?) the Prof was joined by Keith and together the openers produced a superb stand of 92. Whilst not entirely chanceless, the batting appeared comfortable enough right up until drinks were taken. Shortly after, both openers departed - Keith with a nice 50 and Richard, a slightly more scratchy 37. Elsy (6) failed to grab the chance for an extended bat and suddenly wickets were falling like athletics records when the Eastern Europeans discovered testosterone. Callum (6), Will (4) and Dicko (0) couldn’t stem the tide leaving a disgruntled skipper, who seemingly minutes before had been calmly watching a steady progression to a win, hastily donning pads, and Martin to try to score 90 runs off about 15 overs. With Martin horribly out of touch, and the skipper finding the Calne bowling very accurate and hard to score off, there was no chance of chasing the 202 down and the skipper decided instead to aim for consolidation and try to pick up some more batting points (‘surely protecting his average’ – Ed). With the batsmen digging in, Calne became concerned about gaining as many bowling points as possible and decided to try some of their less than regular bowlers, on the old adage that bad balls get wickets. The more varied bowling allowed the skipper to open his shoulders and start to push the score, and finally the 125 mark was passed. Into the last over 13 runs were needed for another batting point, but the skipper tried one slog too many and was caught tamely at cover for 23. Piercy had replaced Martin (1) and failed to trouble the scorers bringing Chris Ruddell to the crease at the end.
In the end a game that could have been won against a very good Calne side was lost. Despite the defeat there was much to take away from the game, not least the 9 points gained, and a good performance in the field. MoM is tricky – on the pure numbers alone the Prof should get it with 3 wickets and 37 runs, but the wickets were rabbits and the batting not up to his usual very high standard. Instead this correspondent awards it to Keith for a well-constructed 50 and for lending your correspondent a wicket keeping inner.
|Type :||League: WCCL Division 8 - 2017||Date :||Saturday 3rd June 2017|
|Toss:||Calne CC - 2nd XI won the toss and elected to bat||Start Time:||13:00|
|Ground:||Beversbrook Sports Facility||Rules Type:||Standard|
Result: Calne CC - 2nd XI - Won by 63 runs
|Calne CC - 2nd XI||Marshfield CC - 3rd XI|
|Score||202 all out (43.3 overs) 'b' 't'||139 for 9 (45.0 overs)|
Calne CC - 2nd XI Batting
|1||Tom Nott||ct Andy Elliott||b Andrew Pierce||37||2||0||54|
|2||Thomas Clare||b Ben White||3||0||0||9|
|3||Henry Lee†||ct Tim Woodman||b Ben White||24||3||1||41|
|4||Charlie Doel||run out (Richard Guy)||54||6||2||49|
|5||Tom Morley||b Chris Ruddell||16||2||0||30|
|6||Dale Goss||st Tim Woodman||b Richard Guy||29||4||0||40|
|7||Richard Annett||ct Tim Woodman||b Andy Elliott||3||0||0||12|
|8||Andrew Windsor||ct Andy Elliott||b Will Christie||14||1||0||19|
|9||Matthew Baker||not out||2||0||0||4|
|10||S Lilles||ct Chris Ruddell||b Richard Guy||3||0||0||7|
|11||Christopher Edes*||b Richard Guy||0||0||0||1|
|Extras b (5), w (9), nb (3)||17|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets
13-1 Thomas Clare (Tom Nott-0*); 57-2 Henry Lee (Tom Nott-27*); 90-3 Tom Nott (Charlie Doel-23*); 140-4 Tom Morley (Charlie Doel-53*); 141-5 Charlie Doel (Richard Annett-1*); 157-6 Richard Annett (Dale Goss-12*); 190-7 Andrew Windsor (Dale Goss-28*); 191-8 Dale Goss (Matthew Baker-0*); 201-9 S Lilles (Matthew Baker-2*); 202-10 Christopher Edes (Matthew Baker-2*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||5||1|
Marshfield CC - 3rd XI Batting
|1||Richard Guy||ct Unsure||b S Lilles||34||2||0||88|
|2||Keith Pullin||lbw||b S Lilles||50||8||0||70|
|3||Andy Elliott||ct Unsure||b Tom Morley||6||0||0||11|
|4||Callum Duckett||b S Lilles||6||1||0||6|
|5||Will Christie||ct Christopher Edes||b Tom Nott||4||0||0||14|
|6||Mark Dixon||b S Lilles||0||0||0||2|
|7||Martin Roper||ct Matthew Baker||b Dale Goss||1||0||0||42|
|8||Tim Woodman*†||ct Andrew Windsor||b Dale Goss||23||3||0||31|
|9||Andrew Pierce||ct Christopher Edes||b Dale Goss||0||0||0||6|
|10||Chris Ruddell||not out||1||0||0||1|
|11||Ben White||not out||0||0||0||0|
|Extras b (5), w (8), nb (1)||14|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets
92-1 Keith Pullin (Richard Guy-32*); 97-2 Richard Guy (Andy Elliott-3*); 105-3 Callum Duckett (Andy Elliott-5*); 108-4 Andy Elliott (Will Christie-1*); 109-5 Mark Dixon (Will Christie-2*); 112-6 Will Christie (Martin Roper-0*); 129-7 Martin Roper (Tim Woodman-14*); 138-8 Tim Woodman (Andrew Pierce-0*); 139-9 Andrew Pierce (Chris Ruddell-1*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||5||0|