Penultimate game means 3rd’s come 3rd

Tony Trotman


t the outset of our return, home match against Swindon, there was a theoretical chance that the 3rd XI could finish second in their division, assuming Chippenham slipped up, which they didn’t, and we garnered close to maximum points from our remaining two games (which, if you read on, you’ll discover that hasn’t worked). Following some hand-wringing by Hodds – the stand-in skipper in Jim and Tim’s absence – about batting or bowling, he lost the toss anyway and we were inserted.

The Old Guy + young Hendy combo opened for MCC against some steady but sometimes difficult to reach bowling, perhaps explaining why Olly was surprised by a straight one and comprehensively castled. Given their inability to move, his feet appeared to have been encased in concrete goloshes, perhaps as a Mafioso response to some of Daddy’s dodgy business dealings, but why he was left on a popping crease in South Gloucestershire instead of being tossed off Pulteney Bridge to dormire con i pesci is anyone’s guess.

concrete bootsEnter Tony T, the team’s proper run machine who, once again, did not disappoint. Despite losing the other opener with the score on 51, the left-handed TT, with competent support from Hodor, continued his rich run of form and serenely cut, pulled and drove the Marshfield score to 147 when another less-than-middled shot by the skipper was caught. With the overs winding down, Harry Steele added some energy before TT finally fell for an excellent 88. Chalky was in next and he and Harry scampered some cheeky singles here and there before the latter was bowled and leaving Dicko to smack the 3 runs needed off 2 balls to secure our 5th batting point, the innings closing at 175-5 off 45 overs.

Tea was an eclectic affair, ranging from at least three bags of crisps per player on offer, together with a tray-bake carpaccio (if you get my drift), and some excellent sarnies, to a typical Threaders’ (yes, he was playing!) chocolate masterpiece. We were well-fuelled to get out on the field, therefore, to defend what seemed to be a decent score…

crispsWhile neither of the Swindon openers looked particularly at ease against the opening attack of Dicko and Chalky, any ball struck in the air came down in the “wrong place” and certainly not in anyone’s hands. As the Preston old banger neared the end of his 9 overs, another top edge looped over the keeper and TT, running back and tripping over the keeper’s helmet in the process, took a good catch. Harry, on first-change, soon removed the oppo no. 3 to a simple catch in the gully bringing the Swindon captain to the wicket at 52-2.

It became clear, quite quickly, that we were dealing here with a class batsman rarely seen in Div 8 of the WCCL and, together with the not-out opener, Swindon’s progress towards our score took on a certain inevitability. Despite decent shouts for a stumping, a caught behind and a runout, which were all turned down, the score had progressed to 141 before we claimed the third Swindon wicket (a smart c&b by Chalky), the opener out for 64 – how did he do that?

While Hodds tried hard to pressure the new (and very junior) new batsman, the young lad proved quite resolute and the Swindon skipper made hay with some cafeteria offerings from the other end. And end it did quite quickly, with the oppo reaching 176-3 off 41 overs and one ball, their skipper finishing on a chance-free 75 not out.

So, a disappointing outcome of a game that, in all honesty, we thought we were likely to win. In fact, despite a respectable batting display (especially by TT, the MCC MoM, of course), we did not back this

up in the field and the price was paid. Kudos to the Swindon captain, not only for his batting, but also for mixing up their bowling attack such that 9 of the (mostly junior) 11 turned their arm over and leaving some of their better bowlers with overs to spare. Special mention also to Professor Threadgill who stepped up to play on Friday when we were left with only 10. Not only did he bake a cake in the morning before the match, he also spent the Swindon innings being followed around by the ball being struck repeatedly in his general direction. Probably not what he was hoping for in his first game of 2018!


Next week sees the final game of the season, away to Westbury; it would be nice to finish on a high!


richard guy head Richard Guy


Fixture Details

Type : League: Wiltshire County Cricket League - Division 8 2018 Date : Saturday 25th August 2018
Toss: Swindon CC, Wilts - B XI won the toss and elected to field Start Time: 13:00
Ground: Tormarton CC Rules Type: Standard

Result Summary

Result:    Swindon CC, Wilts - B XI - Won by 7 wickets

  Marshfield CC - 3rd XISwindon CC, Wilts - B XI
Score 175 for 5 (45.0 overs) 'b' 176 for 3 (41.1 overs) 't'

Marshfield CC - 3rd XI


 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Richard Guy ct Charlie Hallsworth b  Kali Savalapu 26 5 0 59
2 Oliver Hendy   b  Andy Hallsworth 1 0 0 13
3 Tony Trotman ct Charlie Robbins b  Charlie Hallsworth 88 11 1 116
4 Gary Hodder* ct Charlie Robbins b  Charlie Hallsworth 27 2 0 64
5 Harry Steele   b  Charlie Hallsworth 10 0 0 13
6 Ben White not out   3 0 0 6
7 Mark Dixon not out   3 0 0 2
8 Chris Ruddell did not bat          
9 Mike Threadgill did not bat          
10 Charles Harris did not bat          
11 Sandra Rouse did not bat          
Extras       b (3), w (11), nb (3) 17  
Total 175  
Wickets 5  
Overs 45.0  

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

13-1 Oliver Hendy (Richard Guy-10*); 51-2 Richard Guy (Tony Trotman-18*); 147-3 Gary Hodder (Tony Trotman-78*); 161-4 Tony Trotman (Harry Steele-2*); 172-5 Harry Steele (Ben White-3*); 

* = not out batsman


BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
Andy Hallsworth 9.0 3 22 1 3 1
Charlie Robbins 6.0 1 18 0 0 0
Kali Savalapu 6.0 3 19 1 0 0
Craig Viljoen 6.0 0 18 0 3 0
Karan Sharma 4.0 0 9 0 1 1
Kevin Thompson 2.0 0 7 0 0 0
Tanay Shah 4.0 0 28 0 0 0
Charlie Hallsworth 6.0 0 33 3 1 1
Jacob Hobson 2.0 0 18 0 2 0
Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 3 0
Total 45 7 175 5 10 3

Swindon CC, Wilts - B XI


NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
Kali Savalapu   ct & b Ben White 64 2 0 109
Hugh Robbins ct Tony Trotman b  Mark Dixon 20 2 0 45
Jacob Hobson ct Richard Guy b  Harry Steele 6 0 0 22
Craig Viljoen not out   75 7 3 52
Charlie Hallsworth not out   2 0 0 18
Tanay Shah did not bat          
Kevin Thompson did not bat          
Charlie Robbins did not bat          
Andy Hallsworth did not bat          
Extras       b (2), lb (3), w (4) 9  
Total 176  
Wickets 3  
Overs 41.1  

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

37-1 Unsure (Unsure-17*); 52-2 Unsure (Unsure-24*); 141-3 Unsure (Craig Viljoen-75*); 

* = not out batsman


BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
Mark Dixon 9.0 0 19 1 0 0
Ben White 9.0 0 30 1 0 0
Harry Steele 9.0 1 32 1 3 0
Gary Hodder 8.0 0 34 0 0 0
Chris Ruddell 4.0 0 28 0 0 0
Richard Guy 2.1 0 28 0 1 0
Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 5 0
Total 41.1 1 176 3 4 0

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