“I think I can make it now the clouds have gone…”
Atypically, for this exceptional summer, it was raining and relatively cool 30 minutes before the scheduled start against Calne’s 2nd XI. The 3rds showed a few changes from last week’s friendly XI with Tim Woodman absent, Buckets into the 2’s, and Ms Rouse the Younger otherwise engaged with a trumpet; in came Tim’s namesake, Mark, on debut, Don Carlos Harris and your correspondent. As the rain stopped, and the covers came off to reveal what appeared to be a decent wicket, our doughty skipper proceeded to lose the toss and we were inserted.
With Calne a couple of fielders short for a few overs, and a clear reluctance to post a third man, Hendy Jr. and his senior partner made liberal use of the outside edge to get us off to an unusually rapid start and it was not long before 50 had been posted with very little in the way of trouble. It was surprising, therefore, with the score on 81 that the older opener contrived a leading edge and was athletically caught and bowled for 43. This brought the evergreen Tony Trotman to the crease and he immediately set about run accumulation, mostly without running. The MCC total continued to rattle along, again with no scary bits, and Olly deservedly notched his second 50 of the season en route to an excellent 68 when he managed to drag one on from a bowler who (unbelievably) is both older and slower through the air than me. The score at that point was 153-2 whereupon a small stumble ensued, with poor Malcolm Miller departing first ball – same shot, same demise – and Rudds never really getting going before chipping to mid-wicket.
Mark the Woodman was at number 6 and he announced his arrival by clubbing his first ball for a boundary. This set the scene for a further period of carnage as, in concert with TT, a quick-fire stand of 69 took advantage of some tired-looking bowling. Mark eventually perished caught and bowled for 44 and TT followed soon after, caught at square leg of his first mistimed shot, for an excellent 68. We were then able to enjoy the pleasure of watching Charles and Sandra bat together for the last couple of overs. No fireworks to report, although one could only imagine the deathly silence in the car on the way home as Madame ran out Monsieur off the last ball of our innings (and ruined his chance to improve his career average). Tea taken then with MCC looking none too bad at 260-7 off their allotted 45 overs.
However, before tea was finished, the increasingly threatening clouds started to release a decent dose of H2O and the restart was delayed – not for too long, though, and insufficient, at least at this point, for any reduction in overs. A quiet start to Calne’s innings ensued with Dicko and Mini-Chopper both proving miserly. At 15-0 off 7 overs, another darkening of the skies brought on rainfall the likes of which we haven’t seen for ages and off we trooped, fearing that the game was up. No-one was getting changed, though (hope springing eternal in the cricketers’ breasts as always), and the rain did eventually stop, and the sun appeared. A swift restart was vetoed by the arriving Calne groundsman who seemed unimpressed by the couple of (albeit) small puddles that had formed on the square. While this gent would have had us on our way with no further ado, the Calne skipper, to his considerable credit, made an executive decision to wait for 30 minutes and, assuming no further rain, to continue until 25 overs had been bowled (thereby making a match of it) with the opposition’s revised target reduced to 145 (or, if you prefer 130 off the remaining 18 overs).
This appeared a big ask as Dicko and Will completed their reduced 5-over spells with figures of 1-10 and 0-9, respectively, the former having hung on to a routine caught and bowled about which he talked rather a lot in the pub after the game (I kid you not, dear reader). The first and second change was your correspondent and Mark the Woodman, the latter a logical choice as the bloke is a bona fide all-rounder. The choice of the MCC 3rd XI 2016 Bowler of the Year (BoY), on the other hand, was received by looks of astonishment and questions about the skipper’s sanity and yet, in a 3-over spell, two scalps had been taken, one an inexcusable and embarrassing pea-roller that scuttled under the poor chap’s bat to “thud” into middle, the other a mishit smear safely bagged by M the W. The aforementioned ran through his spell (1-26) having removed the obdurate Calne top scorer, while the newly-baptised Jim Creepy (more on that below) twirled away from the other end and collected a handy 3-26. This left the BoY to finish his 5 and complete the game, but not before the weather closed in again and it became touch-and-go as to whether we would actually make it. Fortunately, the Calne skipper remained at the crease and rebutted his colleagues’ urgings to quit the battlefield before the 25th over was over and we duly won, Calne finishing on 88-7.
In the end, then, a deserved win built on a strong batting performance where, very unusually for the 3rds, four batsman made decent scores. All credit, as said before, to Shane Bull, the opposition skipper, for playing the game in its true spirit. MoM candidates are plentiful: young Hendy, less young TT, M the W and, well, modesty forbids; in the end, Olly gets the nod as he edged the ball less often than me and made a very decent top score in our innings (and missed out on a bigger one… but imagine how insufferable he’d have been if he hadn’t). The champagne moment is Sandra’s super-valiant effort to take a tricky overhead catch off BoY’s bowling – in the end, she dropped it 4 times and juggled it three! Plenty of banter in the bar and pub after the match, the highlight occurring when it was revealed that our glorious leader has been re-christened by a 3rd team player of the female persuasion (perhaps, I should say an ex-3rd team member) as Jim Creepy. So far, despite my best efforts, I’ve been unable to ascertain the circumstances leading to the use of this sobriquet. Lord Jim has not responded to my calls, texts, emails, owls, etc. and the namer of names is out of the country, possibly seeking psychiatric counselling (although this is not confirmed). For the moment, I recommend that anyone tempted to address Sir James by his new moniker think twice at least…
Next week, we take on Avebury 2nds, the league leaders, at home. MCC is the only team that has beaten them this season, let’s see if we can’t do so again!
|Type :||League: Wiltshire County Cricket League - Division 8 2018||Date :||Saturday 28th July 2018|
|Toss:||Calne CC - 2nd XI won the toss and elected to field||Start Time:||13:00|
|Ground:||Beversbrook Sports Facility||Rules Type:||Standard|
Due to rain, the Calne innings was reduced to 25 overs. Revised Target was 145, therefore result was MCC win by 56 runs
Result: Marshfield CC - 3rd XI - Won by 172 runs
|Calne CC - 2nd XI||Marshfield CC - 3rd XI|
|Score||88 for 7 (25 overs) 't'||260 for 7 (45.0 overs) 'b'|
|1||Richard Guy||ct F Goode||b F Goode||43||6||0||46|
|2||Oliver Hendy†||b Stephen Richards||68||8||0||74|
|3||Tony Trotman||ct L Pierce||b Richard Annett||67||12||0||80|
|4||Malcolm Miller||b Stephen Richards||0||0||0||1|
|5||Chris Ruddell||ct Shane Bull||b L Bounds||2||0||0||12|
|6||Mark Woodman||ct & b Jake Foster||44||6||0||38|
|7||Charles Harris||run out (Richard Annett)||3||0||0||16|
|8||Sandra Rouse||not out||4||1||0||8|
|9||Mark Dixon||did not bat|
|10||Jim Creed*||did not bat|
|11||Will Christie||did not bat|
|Extras b (10), lb (1), w (13), nb (5)||29|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets
81-1 Richard Guy (Oliver Hendy-26*); 153-2 Oliver Hendy (Tony Trotman-23*); 153-3 Malcolm Miller (Tony Trotman-23*); 179-4 Chris Ruddell(Tony Trotman-45*); 248-5 Mark Woodman (Tony Trotman-67*); 254-6 Tony Trotman (Charles Harris-2*); 260-7 Charles Harris (Sandra Rouse-4*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||11||1|
|1||Stephen Richards||lbw||b Mark Woodman||32||3||0||0|
|2||Richard Annett||ct & b Mark Dixon||6||1||0||0|
|3||L Pierce||b Richard Guy||0||0||0||0|
|4||Tom Powell||ct Mark Woodman||b Richard Guy||1||0||0||0|
|5||Jake Foster||b Jim Creed||11||2||0||0|
|6||Shane Bull*||not out||21||2||0||0|
|7||J Bounds†||b Jim Creed||0||0||0||0|
|8||L Bounds||ct & b Jim Creed||7||0||0||0|
|9||F Goode||not out||3||0||0||0|
|10||John Merrett||did not bat|
|11||David Matthews||did not bat|
|Extras b (4), lb (1), nb (2)||7|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets
17-1 Richard Annett (Stephen Richards-8*); 22-2 L Pierce (Stephen Richards-13*); 42-3 Stephen Richards (Tom Powell-1*); 42-4 Tom Powell(Jake Foster-0*); 55-5 Jake Foster (Shane Bull-2*); 57-6 J Bounds (Shane Bull-3*); 72-7 L Bounds (Shane Bull-9*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||5||0|