Another Defeat For 3rdXI

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What a difference nine weeks makes! Back in June on a scorchingly hot summers day, Marshfield won the toss and choose to bat, the skipper’s choice no doubt bolstered by probably the strongest 3rd team the club has ever (and probably will ever) assembled. A thumping 300 runs later, a monster win by 179 runs was the result. Those balmy summer days seem a distant memory, and the impact of holidays has depleted the ranks, but even so on winning the toss the skipper once more chose to bat. Although not as strong as the side from June, the returning Rich Guy was joined by George Pollitt and with Daniel Paul, Gary Hodder, Terry Bishop and the skipper, a decent top order was in place. Coupled with a damp looking wicket which would probably be at its best early on, the brains trust concurred.

With a typical Marshfield wicket (slow, low with the odd ball misbehaving) and a lush, slightly damp outfield, 300 was never on the cards, and it was notable just how many twos were run by the openers. Once again proving the non-existence of telepathy, the Prof and the Princess (there’s one for Disney) somehow avoided a run-out and pushed the score to 66. Neither player looked at their fluent best – the Prof was nearly dismissed very early, but was reprieved when the wicket keeper grassed a regulation chance.

3rd Collinbourne 31 05 14 11The wicket when it came was George, LBW. Possibly not as plumb as the one not given against Lisvarne in the tour match (missing both leg and off…) but Ruddell had no choice but to raise the finger. Richard soon followed, caught and bowled by the evergreen Mattocks and it fell to Daniel Paul and Gary Hodder to rebuild. The score was pushed to 102 when Daniel was out for 12 and then 128 when Gary went for 20.

Terry Bishop (16) now chose to revert to basics, and some lusty blows, combined with Callum Duckett (10*), helped the score, with the skipper coming in for the last few balls, for yet another not out (it’s not a plan, honest). In the end 145 for 5 looked a decent total, and with the slow outfield hopes were high.

Terry had provided tea, and his much vaunted coronation chicken did not disappoint, so much so that some commentators picked this as the highlight of the day.

Starting with the classic combination of Hodder’s spin at one end and some pace from the new ‘Warren’ (none other than Daniel himself), Marshfield quickly took the first wicket, Tonks unable to tonk any on this day, bowled by a superb example of the spinner’s craft. As Gary described at length (extreme length, and repeatedly) it was a one in a season delivery, drifting in to the batsman before turning sharply away to take middle stump, and leave the batsman wondering if he was facing Moeen Ali, rather than an ex-footballer with a dodgy knee. Alas that was to be the high water mark of the innings. Dix and Parrack, one batting sensibly, the other riding vast amounts of luck, ticked along at the required rate and so reached 75, with Marshfield starting to think that 146 was not enough, and wondering where the breakthrough would come from. Finally George, who had replaced Daniel, took a sharp return catch off Dix to possibly open a way back into the match. It was not to be and the new batsman, Richards, after narrowly surviving his first ball, then proceeded to increase the scoring rate to such an extent that Avebury reached the target with over nine overs to spare finishing on 47 not out (including five fours, and three sixes), with Parrack just reaching his 50.

A big factor in the game was the lack of a first team fixture for Avebury, and so their 2nds were perhaps somewhat stronger than expected, with Greg Dix and the big-hitting Richards both clearly first team players (Dix is the first team captain, and Richards has scored 686 runs this season alone). There is nothing in the laws to say that first team players cannot play for the 2nds, they are club members after all, and available for selection. However one might question whether it complied with that nebulous beast, the spirit of cricket? Perhaps the skipper was just grumpy as this had looked a winnable fixture, and did not prove to be so.

On a day when no playing performance stood out, MoM must go to Terry Bishop for a wonderful tea, and a fervent wish that he will provide the food more often.


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 Tim Wooman


Fixture Details
Type : League: Wiltshire County Cricket League Division 8 - 2017 Date : Saturday 19th August 2017
Toss: Marshfield CC - 3rd XI won the toss and elected to bat Start Time: 13:00
Ground: Tormarton CC Rules Type: Standard
Result Summary

Result:    Avebury CC - 2nd XI - Won by 8 wickets

Marshfield CC - 3rd XIAvebury CC - 2nd XI
Score 145 for 5 (45 overs) 'b' 't' 146 for 2 (35.5 overs)
Marshfield CC - 3rd XI Batting
NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Richard Guy ct & b Graeme Mattocks 26 3 0 0
2 George Pollitt lbw b  Carl Godwin 33 2 0 0
3 Daniel Paul ct Malcolm Parrack b  Jeremy Richards 12 0 0 0
4 Gary Hodder ct Graeme Mattocks b  Jeremy Richards 20 1 0 0
5 Terry Bishop ct Jeremy Richards b  Daniel Dix 16 1 0 0
6 Callum Duckett not out 10 1 0 0
7 Tim Woodman*† not out 2 0 0 0
8 Chris Ruddell did not bat
9 Tim Hawke did not bat
10 Sandra Rouse did not bat
11 Charles Harris did not bat
Extras       b (3), w (16), nb (7) 26
Total 145
Wickets 5
Overs 45

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

66-1 George Pollitt (Richard Guy-22*); 71-2 Richard Guy (Daniel Paul-0*); 102-3 Daniel Paul (Gary Hodder-12*); 128-4 Gary Hodder (Terry Bishop-0*); 136-5 Terry Bishop (Callum Duckett-0*); 

* = not out batsman

BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
Daniel Dix 7 1 29 1 0 0
Pete Force-Jones 5 0 14 0 0 0
Tongayi Tendayi 5 0 20 0 0 0
Graeme Mattocks 7 0 21 1 0 0
Carl Godwin 5 1 15 1 0 0
Kev Crookes 7 2 16 0 0 0
Jeremy Richards 9 0 28 2 0 0
Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 3 0
Total 45 4 146 5 0 0
Avebury CC - 2nd XI Batting
NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Greg Dix ct & b George Pollitt 35 5 0 0
2 Phil Tonks b  Gary Hodder 1 0 0 0
3 Malcolm Parrack not out 50 5 0 0
4 Jeremy Richards not out 47 5 3 0
5 Tony Reeves did not bat
6 Graeme Mattocks* did not bat
7 Tongayi Tendayi did not bat
8 Daniel Dix did not bat
9 Pete Force-Jones did not bat
10 Carl Godwin did not bat
11 Kev Crookes did not bat
Extras       b (4), lb (1), w (8) 13
Total 146
Wickets 2
Overs 35.5

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

4-1 Phil Tonks (Greg Dix-0*); 75-2 Greg Dix (Malcolm Parrack-30*); 

* = not out batsman

BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
Daniel Paul 6.5 3 32 0 0 0
Gary Hodder 8 0 28 1 0 0
Chris Ruddell 9 0 43 0 0 0
George Pollitt 9 1 16 1 0 0
Richard Guy 3 0 22 0 0 0
Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 5 0
Total 35.5 4 146 2 0 0
Match Officials
Umpires Rocky Riccalton



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