Belligerent Creed Innings Not Quite Enough As 3rdXI Fall Just Short
Crunch time. Sitting third in the WCCL Division 8, with just five games to go, Saturday saw Marshfield play hosts to title favourites Avebury 2nds in a game that needed to be won if Marshfield were to retain any hope of winning the league. Avebury’s only defeat this year had come at the hands of the hosts, in a tight, low scoring game, and this encounter would prove to be similarly tight, and in the balance almost to the end.
Batting first after winning the toss, Avebury were quickly reduced to 23-2, with Will Christie removing both openers. Reeves was first to go, a sharp catch taken at square leg by Miller, and the second went to Trotman at first slip. A breezy partnership between Fines and the left-handed Richards developed and was starting to become threatening, albeit with Fines living a charmed life with spooned shots near, but never quite to, extra cover. Ben White, whose excellent probing spin had troubled both batsmen now removed then in quick succession, trapping Richards in front for an uncontroversial LBW, and then finally inducing Fines to loft the ball to a fielder, Harris taking a good catch at cover.
Mattocks and Tendayi slowly rebuilt, with Tendayi being notably harsh on any bad balls. Will returned to complete his excellent bowling for the day and removed Mattocks, caught by Trotman to leave the innings poised at 115-5. Ollie Rogers-Jones, returning after an absence of a few weeks, bowled a tidy line and he removed Emily Bogg with the score at 134, sparking a collapse as Avebury were reduced to 147-9. Any hopes that Marshfield could swiftly close out the innings were dashed as a last-wicket partnership added another 25 runs, runs that took the total to somewhere close to par and would prove crucial at the end.
For the most part, Marshfield fielded and bowled well, and the wickets were shared out among all six bowlers. A curiosity – the last three wickets to fall were all stumped, but off different bowlers (the spin trio of Creed, Ruddell and Dixon). The pick of the bowling was Will Christie’s 9-1-22-3, and he not only bowled a tidy line but also extracted some significant swing and was challenging throughout.
The response started slowly. Avebury opened up with a right arm round spinner (Harrison) and a left arm over medium pacer (Richards) and both kept an extremely tight stranglehold on Jim ‘Creepy’ Creed and Hendy the Younger. The latter found the ball slanting across him all too much and after first trying to get out for a duck caught at second slip (failed!) he managed to pop-up a catch to a very short (and yet very tall) backward square, the ball looping off his pad and flicking the bat (succeeded!). Jim was joined by Tony, yet to fail in Marshfield colours, and the two played watchfully to see off the opening spell, with the score racing along to 1-1 off eight overs.
What followed was a lesson in cricketing patience. Far too often batsmen feel the need to score off every ball, or at least every over. Jim and Tony showed the virtue of playing the ball on its merits, and not fretting about getting runs on the board. Inevitably, the opening bowlers were changed, and suddenly runs started to come, so that by 15 overs in the score had moved on to 45, and runs were coming at around 6 an over. Tony departed for 31, the uneven bounce of the pitch contributing to him pulling a ball to a fielder. Ollie R-J scored a breezy 16 from just 18 deliveries, and Chris Ruddell added 11. Your correspondent joined Jim with the score at 103-4.
Jim, conscious that the openers would return at some point, now endeavoured to get the job done and raised his strike rate with some hefty blows, including a 6. The score was now rattling along, and reached 141 when calamity struck – Jim caught at long-off. Still, with plenty of time, and five wickets in hand there was still an opportunity to close out the game.
Alas, the incoming batsmen found scoring difficult, with both Ben and Malcolm gone for 0, and Dixon trying in vain to run your correspondent out, but perishing himself as yours truly stood stock still like Jackson in 1861 or indeed Geoff Boycott on any number of occasions. Will also only added 2 and the game was now up, but with the total on 149 Don Carlos himself arrived to face the last 5 balls. Instructions from the VC were to (1) get the single for the next batting point and (2) avoid giving up his wicket and thus deny Avebury the extra point. In hindsight, the first message may have been forgotten, and Charles played out the over for no further score.
On the day Avebury just about deserved their win, and Marshfield was left to rue missed opportunities. It’s still this correspondent’s view that top three will bring promotion, owing to the withdrawal of sides higher up the chain, but some work is clearly needed in the next few weeks, starting with giving Bathford what they deserve for failing to notify us of their forfeit earlier in the season.
Some good performances, not least Will’s bowling, but over Jim gets the MoM for very nearly getting us home in a tricky run chase.
Some photos of "the Action" taken by various camera operatives during the Marshfield Innings!
3rdXI V Avebury, Tormarton, 04/08/18
|Type :||League: Wiltshire County Cricket League - Division 8 2018||Date :||Saturday 4th August 2018|
|Toss:||Avebury CC - 2nd XI won the toss and elected to bat||Start Time:||13:00|
|Ground:||Tormarton CC||Rules Type:||Standard|
Result: Avebury CC - 2nd XI - Won by 23 runs
|Marshfield CC - 3rd XI||Avebury CC - 2nd XI|
|Score||149 for 9 (45.0 overs)||172 all out (45 overs) 'b' 't'|
|1||Tony Reeves||ct Malcolm Miller||b Will Christie||5||1||0||8|
|2||Chris Bogg*||ct Tony Trotman||b Will Christie||11||2||0||26|
|3||Tom Fines||ct Charles Harris||b Ben White||37||5||0||59|
|4||Jeremy Richards||lbw||b Ben White||16||2||0||34|
|5||Tongayi Tendayi||b Mark Dixon||36||0||0||3|
|6||Graeme Mattocks||ct Tony Trotman||b Will Christie||14||0||0||0|
|7||Emily Bogg†||b Oliver Rogers-Jones||4||0||0||0|
|8||Harry Harrison||st Tim Woodman||b Jim Creed||0||0||0||0|
|9||Phil Tonks||st Tim Woodman||b Mark Dixon||5||0||0||0|
|10||Ian Dickens||not out||14||0||0||0|
|11||Ben Wilson||st Tim Woodman||b Chris Ruddell||12||0||0||0|
|Extras b (4), lb (4), w (2), nb (8)||18|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets
16-1 Tony Reeves (Chris Bogg-9*); 23-2 Chris Bogg (Tom Fines-4*); 70-3 Jeremy Richards (Tom Fines-31*); 77-4 Tom Fines (Tongayi Tendayi-1*); 115-5 Graeme Mattocks (Tongayi Tendayi-22*); 134-6 Emily Bogg (Tongayi Tendayi-36*); 134-7 Harry Harrison (Tongayi Tendayi-36*); 137-8 Tongayi Tendayi (Phil Tonks-1*); 147-9 Phil Tonks (Ian Dickens-5*); 172-10 Ben Wilson (Ian Dickens-14*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||8||0|
|1||Jim Creed*||ct Tongayi Tendayi||b Chris Bogg||59||9||1||98|
|2||Oliver Hendy||ct Ben Wilson||b Harry Harrison||0||0||0||14|
|3||Tony Trotman||ct Tom Fines||b Graeme Mattocks||31||6||0||49|
|4||Oliver Rogers-Jones||b Tongayi Tendayi||16||2||0||18|
|5||Chris Ruddell||ct Emily Bogg||b Tony Reeves||11||1||0||36|
|6||Tim Woodman†||not out||10||0||0||24|
|7||Ben White||ct Ben Wilson||b Chris Bogg||0||0||0||4|
|8||Malcolm Miller||b Jeremy Richards||0||0||0||3|
|9||Mark Dixon||run out (Harry Harrison)||2||0||0||12|
|10||Will Christie||b Harry Harrison||2||0||0||10|
|11||Charles Harris||not out||0||0||0||5|
|Extras b (8), lb (3), w (4), nb (3)||18|
* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper
Fall of Wickets
1-1 Oliver Hendy (Jim Creed-1*); 61-2 Tony Trotman (Jim Creed-23*); 85-3 Oliver Rogers-Jones (Jim Creed-29*); 103-4 Chris Ruddell (Jim Creed-31*); 141-5 Jim Creed (Tim Woodman-8*); 141-6 Ben White (Tim Woodman-8*); 144-7 Malcolm Miller (Tim Woodman-9*); 147-8 Mark Dixon (Tim Woodman-10*); 149-9 Will Christie (Tim Woodman-10*);
* = not out batsman
|Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets||11||1|