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What is the point of 3rd team cricket?

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Marshfield 3rd’s vs Avebury 2nd’s, Avebury, 8th June 2019 

Avebury 2nd’s won by 130 runs 

What is the point of 3rd team cricket? It’s often something I wonder, usually just after being run out needlessly, or more often having played a stupid shot. There are many answers; for fun, for the challenge, for the banter, to help introduce younger players into senior cricket and lastly (and probably most importantly) to generate an adequate thirst for a few refreshment stops on the way home. 

To be serious for a change, the chance for up and coming youth cricketers to step up to senior cricket is one of the key reasons, and it is one of Jim Creed’s aspirations for the 3rds that as many of our youth section get to play and contribute wherever possible. As a result of this and also the challenges of low player availability this season no fewer than seven young players have featured, and for the most part, done well. Sadly, most of them have only played the once, usually for a variety of reasons, but in all likelihood, the player(s) would strongly benefit from a run of appearances. 

For the trip to a windy Avebury, four youngsters were in the side – regular Sam Duckett was joined by George Hall, Harvey Vellacott and Ed Avery, thus dramatically lowering the average age of the team and improving the speed in the outfield no end. Leavening the youth were the usual grizzled veterans of Creed, Guy and Tanner, joined for the first time this season by Tony Trotman.  

Despite the rain of the previous day, the pitch at Avebury was in reasonable shape, but the wind was fierce, causing Dixon significant concern about which end he might be required to bowl from. On winning the toss Jim elected to field and unleashed Vellacott and Duckett. Avebury started at a canter, with Fry and Haines finding the boundary repeatedly, both notably harsh on anything short. Both opening bowlers had been replaced before the first wicket fell – Avery picking up Haines, well caught by Sam Duckett, but the score was already 87. A mini collapse saw Marshfield creeping back into the game, the dangerous Vaya run out seeking a third run by an excellent throw from the deep by George Hall, and Warner caught behind, edging a leg-side delivery from Avery. At 99-3 there was a glimmer of hope, and some tidy, restrictive bowling in the middle overs stemmed the flow of runs somewhat. A rebuilding effort saw the hosts to 138, at which point Joshi (17) and Fry (for an excellent 72) were removed. At 147-5 there was a sense that the innings could be brought to a swift conclusion, however, Tendayi and Mattocks ensure that the score was pushed well past 200, eventually closing at 263 for 7. 

Marshfield made a steady start in response until Richard was given out in controversial circumstances. Playing at a full pitched delivery, the ball looped to gulley, where the catch was taken and an appeal made. Sandra Rouse, umpiring, clearly felt that the ball had come directly from the edge and gave the batsman out, Richard umpiring from the crease was convinced that he had hit the ball into the ground, a view that your correspondent is not unsympathetic too, given the looping nature of the ball’s journey to gulley. In the absence of DRS he had to go. Tony, restored to the thirds, joined Jim and the pair batted with considerable discretion until Jim was forced to retire injured. Steady batting had rendered the run chase out of the question but provided valuable time in the middle for George Hall, who hit two nice boundaries and Harvey Vellacott. Marshfield eventually closed on 133 for 5.  

Difficult to call a man of the match – the wickets were spread evenly with Duckett, Dixon, Creed and Vellacott taking one, and Avery two. In the end, possibly Vellacott’s spell shaded it – he certainly bowled with aggression and good line and length, and on another day would have picked up more wickets. 

Lastly, the required thirst having been generated, several drink stops were needed one way home, firstly at the Avebury social club (narrowly avoiding a bingo evening), then in Calne and lastly at Ford. Happy days all round… 

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 Tim Wooman

 

 

Fixture Details

Type : League: Wiltshire County Cricket League - Division 7 2019 Date : Saturday 8th June 2019
Toss: Marshfield CC - 3rd XI won the toss and elected to field Start Time: 13:00
Ground: Avebury Sportsfield Rules Type: Standard

Highlights :

Henry Fry 72 Tongayi Tendayi 50* G Mattocks 37

Result Summary

Result:    Avebury CC - 2nd XI - Won by 130 runs

  Avebury CC - 2nd XIMarshfield CC - 3rd XI
Score 263-7 (45.0 overs) 'b' 133-5 (45.0 overs) 't'

Avebury CC - 2nd XI

Batting

 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Henry Fry   b  Jim Creed 72 0 0 0
2 Ross Haines* ct Sam Duckett b  Ed Avery 24 0 0 0
3 Shivan Vaya run out (George Hall)   2 0 0 0
4 Steve Warner ct Tim Woodman b  Ed Avery 4 0 0 0
5 Vijay Joshi   b  Mark Dixon 17 0 0 0
6 Tongayi Tendayi not out   50 0 0 0
7 Graeme Mattocks ct Tim Woodman b  Harvey Vellacott 37 0 0 0
8 Josh Milton   b  Sam Duckett 15 0 0 0
9 Ntin Verma not out   3 0 0 0
10 Sudip Pratihar did not bat          
11 Pete Force-Jones did not bat          
Extras       b (3), lb (10), w (22), nb (4) 39  
Total 263  
Wickets 7  
Overs 45.0  

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

87-1 Ross Haines (Henry Fry-0*); 92-2 Shivan Vaya (Henry Fry-0*); 99-3 Steve Warner (Henry Fry-0*); 138-4 Vijay Joshi (Henry Fry-0*); 147-5 Henry Fry (Tongayi Tendayi-0*); 225-6 Graeme Mattocks(Tongayi Tendayi-0*); 256-7 Josh Milton (Tongayi Tendayi-0*); 

* = not out batsman

Bowling

BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
Harvey Vellacott 8 1 41 1 0 0
Sam Duckett 7 1 66 1 0 0
Mark Dixon 9 1 30 1 0 0
Ed Avery 5 0 34 2 0 0
Graham Tanner 9 0 40 0 0 0
Jim Creed 7 0 38 1 0 0
Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 13 1
Total 45 3 262 7 0 0

Marshfield CC - 3rd XI

Batting

 NameHow OutBowlerRuns4s6sBalls
1 Richard Guy ct Ntin Verma b  Vijay Joshi 16 2 0 42
2 Jim Creed* retired not out   37 5 0 94
3 Tony Trotman ct Ntin Verma b  Vijay Joshi 42 7 0 83
4 Tim Woodman   b  Henry Fry 8 0 0 22
5 George Hall ct Ntin Verma b  Graeme Mattocks 10 2 0 7
6 Harvey Vellacott   b  Vijay Joshi 6 0 0 22
7 Mark Dixon not out   1 0 0 1
8 Graham Tanner did not bat          
9 Sandra Rouse did not bat          
10 Sam Duckett did not bat          
11 Ed Avery did not bat          
Extras       b (2), lb (5), w (6), nb (1) 14  
Total 133  
Wickets 5  
Overs 45.0  

* = Captain, † = Wicket Keeper

Fall of Wickets

33-1 Richard Guy (Jim Creed-12*); 95-2 Tim Woodman (Tony Trotman-20*); 118-3 George Hall (Tony Trotman-33*); 132-4 Tony Trotman (Harvey Vellacott-5*); 133-5 Harvey Vellacott (Mark Dixon-1*); 

* = not out batsman

Bowling

BowlerOversMaidensRunsWicketsWidesNo Balls
Sudip Pratihar 6.0 0 12 0 0 0
Graeme Mattocks 9.0 2 25 1 0 0
Josh Milton 6.0 1 18 0 4 0
Vijay Joshi 9.0 2 21 3 0 0
Shivan Vaya 4.0 0 15 0 1 1
Pete Force-Jones 6.0 1 13 0 0 0
Ntin Verma 2.0 0 5 0 1 0
Henry Fry 3.0 0 17 1 0 0
Fielding Extras/Non-bowler wickets 7 0
Total 45 6 133 5 6 1

 

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