3rdXI Blown Away by Calne

eric morecambe

First order of the day for next week – no more catching practice. On a damp Tormarton pitch, with a long outfield’ Calne posted 162 all out in 35.2 overs, but dropped catches, some tough, some that should have been taken, allowed the total to be far too large. This correspondent recalls at least four that should have been taken, catches that were routinely snaffled during the warm-up. Three of the Calne batsmen reached double figures and contributed 36, 41 and 45, the rest were all dismissed for 7 or fewer. So often the scene of batting collapses (almost any game last season), it was Calne’s day to go from a position of strength to an early tea. So well placed were they at 135-2 around the middle of the innings that a target north of 250 seemed not just possible, but likely. Warren had bowled another magnificent spell of swing bowling, once again to no reward, earning the new nickname of ‘Morne’ in honour of much fruitless bowling from the South African giant.

man blown away windDicko’s first spell had produced a wicket, well caught by Callum at mid-on, but he started to struggle when a gentle breeze wafted towards him during his run-up. In truth the squall was one of the odder things seen on the cricket field, as a huge storm passed to the North, drenching nearby Gatcombe Park’s horse trials, the wind blew exceptionally strongly directly into Dicko’s face, causing him to abort at least one run-up. The squall was brief, but the exertion required took its toll and Dicko retired to the outfield to think about rabbits. Chris Ruddell took over but failed to hit the heights of his recent performance at Box, not helped by a dropped return catch. Will Christie, possibly trying to bowl too fast, suffered, as did the turkeys in the adjacent field, although disappointingly no-one matched Kent Collins’ dive to retrieve the ball, and the turkeys didn’t invade the pitch at tea. Both took a wicket, before Hodder came on to weave some magic. Very quickly wickets began to fall, and sensing that there was a chance to get on a roll, Dicko was brought back. In the end Dicko finished with 9-1-24-3, and Gary claimed a five wicket haul to take the last wicket with superb figures of 4.2-2-8-5.

After a hearty Ruddell tea Marshfield set about chasing down the target. Callum, pushed up to open, fell cheaply, caught in the slips for just 1. Hodder and Guy now set about steadying the ship in the face of some accurate, challenging bowling. The opening bowler completed his nine over spell for just six runs, with four maidens. Sensing that perhaps seeing off the openers might provide the best approach, the batsmen took few risks, until just after the parsimonious Edes had been taken off when Hodder slashed horribly across the line to be bowled by Parham. Will Christie only added one, and Terry, trying to get the scoreboard moving, three. Tim Hawke was bowled for a duck (not the last of the day) bringing Dicko to the crease. Shortly after Richard was out, caught low down at mid-on, and departed for a hard earned 22. At 49-6 things were not looking promising.

exeter geriatrics 01Charles Harris, fresh from his success in the 3rd’s vs 4th’s match the previous week, joined Dicko. Perhaps over-confidence played a role in the ensuing fiasco, or perhaps, Dicko, as senior player should take the lion’s share of the blame. Nudging a ball almost directly to the gulley fielder, Charles bellowed ‘yes’ loudly, startling the turkey’s in the field, and startling the turkey at the bowler’s end even more. Without even thinking about just staying put with a sensible ‘No!’ Dicko set off and was duly run out by around 40 yards. Leaving the field of play, no doubt asking himself ‘What would Rich Guy have done?’ he passed the skipper, clearly somewhat agitated. The following bat throwing incident was testimony to his belief that just maybe there hadn’t been a run there. Gratifying too was the landing zone for the bat – as described by Richard “…no dull thud as the offending article landed in the long grass; instead an almighty clatter as the Kookaburra special crashed into the pavilion steps and adjacent bench.  Almost drowned out the invective issuing from the sad victim…”

A quick survey of senior players has determined that this was not the funniest thing seen at Tormarton – that will remain Kent’s swan-dive into the turkey’s but this runs it pretty close. Your correspondent can only hope that the editor doesn’t tinker too much with this text…

Was the time right for the skipper to rescue the innings? Sadly no, as quickly Harris, Shipp and Ruddell, sounding like a dodgy solicitors and batting like they were keen on getting back to Broadleys as soon as possible, departed in quick succession, leaving the skipper high and dry, and Calne celebrating a 109 run win.

No complaints about the result – Calne had three good batsmen and a tidy bowling attack, but the self-inflicted dropped catches didn’t help.

MoM goes to Hodder for a tidy five wicket haul and generous purchase of a jug in his absence.


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Tim Wooman



Fixture Details

Type : League: WCCL Division 8 - 2017 Date : Saturday 5th August 2017
Toss: Marshfield CC - 3rd XI won the toss and elected to field Start Time: 13:00
Ground: Tormarton CC Rules Type: Standard

Result Summary

Result:    Calne CC - 2nd XI - Won by 109 runs

Marshfield CC - 3rd XICalne CC - 2nd XI
Score 53 all out (30.3 overs) 't' 162 all out (0.0 overs) 'b'

Calne CC - 2nd XI Batting

NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 C Doel lbw b  Chris Ruddell 36 0 0 0
2 S Lilles ct Callum Duckett b  Mark Dixon 3 0 0 0
3 Henry Lee b  Will Christie 41 0 0 0
4 P Tayien b  Mark Dixon 45 0 0 0
5 M Nohman b  Gary Hodder 6 0 0 0
6 Richard Annett b  Gary Hodder 0 0 0 0
7 J Bounds ct Tim Woodman b  Gary Hodder 1 0 0 0
8 Shane Bull ct Tim Hawke b  Mark Dixon 3 0 0 0
9 N Parham lbw b  Gary Hodder 0 0 0 0
10 Christopher Edes b  Gary Hodder 7 0 0 0
11 D Lilles not out 0 0 0 0
Extras       b (5), w (11), nb (3) 19
Total 162
Wickets all out
Overs 0.0

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

15-1 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 68-2 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 135-3 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 148-4 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 148-5 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 148-6 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 153-7 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 153-8 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 157-9 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 162-10 Unsure (Unsure-0*); 

* = not out batsman


BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
Warren Shipp 9 0 31 0 3 1
Mark Dixon 9 1 24 3 2 0
Chris Ruddell 9 0 52 1 2 0
Will Christie 4 0 41 1 0 2
Gary Hodder 4.2 2 8 5 0 0
Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 5 0
Total 35.2 3 161 10 7 3

Marshfield CC - 3rd XI Batting

NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Richard Guy ct Henry Lee b  N Parham 22 0 0 80
2 Callum Duckett ct C Doel b  Christopher Edes 1 0 0 2
3 Gary Hodder b  N Parham 9 0 0 53
4 Will Christie b  P Tayien 1 0 0 8
5 Terry Bishop ct Unsure b  N Parham 3 0 0 19
6 Tim Hawke b  P Tayien 0 0 0 6
7 Mark Dixon run out (Unsure) 0 0 0 6
8 Charles Harris b  P Tayien 0 0 0 3
9 Tim Woodman*† not out 3 0 0 5
10 Warren Shipp b  P Tayien 1 0 0 2
11 Chris Ruddell b  P Tayien 0 0 0 2
Extras       b (4), lb (3), w (3), nb (3) 13
Total 53
Wickets all out
Overs 30.3

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

3-1 Callum Duckett (Richard Guy-1*); 31-2 Gary Hodder (Richard Guy-14*); 36-3 Will Christie (Richard Guy-18*); 46-4 Tim Hawke (Richard Guy-21*); 47-5 Terry Bishop (Richard Guy-22*); 49-6 Richard Guy (Unsure-0*); 49-7 Mark Dixon (Charles Harris-0*); 49-8 Charles Harris (Tim Woodman-0*); 53-9 Warren Shipp (Tim Woodman-3*); 53-10 Chris Ruddell (Tim Woodman-3*); 

* = not out batsman


BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
Christopher Edes 9.0 4 6 1 0 0
D Lilles 6.0 0 19 0 2 3
N Parham 9.0 2 13 3 1 0
P Tayien 6.3 1 8 5 0 0
Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 7 1
Total 30.3 7 53 10 3 3



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