Sat 24 Jun: 2nd XI home to Bathford

Posted by Geoff Dicker on

After some overnight precipitation and damp conditions the wicket looked very green, so green that it resembled an "astro" from a distance.

Much chin scratching and knowing looks then ensued during the pre-match pitch inspections by all concerned and all not concerned.

In the end the coin was tossed and Ali Goddard called correctly again and not surprisingly invited the opposition to have a bat.

Trowbridge could choose from their battery of four quick bowlers plus one medium-pacer and a spinner.

Alex Tanner and Harry Robbins opened the bowling confining Bathford's openers to just 10 from 6 overs.  Bathford's skipper Brunton was first to go bowled by Harry Robbins for just 2 from 21 balls.

After 11 overs "Stevie" Johnson replaced Harry and Tom Lloyd took over from Alex who experienced the "yips" in his last over unusually bowling a full-toss and a couple of no-balls.  P Merrett & Vowles then moved on to 35 from 13 before Tom Lloyd bowled Merrett for a solid 16, Vowles soon followed LBW to Stephen for 5.  Tom's first over went for one run with one wicket. He then continued with a remarkable spell of 5 maidens and a further two wickets, that of Murray for 0 having faced 19 balls all of them from "Lloydy" and lastly he bowled the dangerous looking left-hander Gurney for a quick-fire 24 with six 4's all off of Stephen's bowling.  

Tom's six overs were a "masterclass" of fast bowling - quick, hostile & with an immaculate line and length whilst gaining some movement off the seam.

"Stevie" from the other end bowled with "pace like fire" and like Tom often beat the batsman for speed, but he was quite often less accurate than his partner.  The local scorebox commentary team of "Huffers, Puffers and Guffers - also Tanners when fielding at third man" debated what Tom and Stephen might achieve on a really fast pitch such as Westbury - scary stuff!!

With the top and middle-order blown away enter Jake Paxton whose arm is also "alchemising" into the shiny yellow stuff.  From just 4.4 overs he took the wickets of Wilson LBW for 1, L Merrett bowled for 2, Aguera well caught by Chris Dicker for 0, and lastly Mackenzie brilliantly caught at slip by Stephen Johnson for another duck. Jake bowled a good line and length nipping the ball around a bit with the keeper standing up. Chris Dicker who was only required to bowl 3 overs also chipped in bowling Hunt for 1.

So Bathford were bowled out for just 95 from 32.4 overs.

Pick of the bowlers were Tom Lloyd with a remarkable 6-5-1-3, and Jake Paxton with 4.4-1-10-4.

As is usual this slot is where I comment on the tea - so here goes.

This afternoon's repast was prepared by the wonderful Clare Hughes whose husband the venerable Mr Ali Hughes was also around somewhere - oh yes I forgot he was playing!!  I can only say that it was sumptuous, scrumptious and rumbustious, slightly but not wholly "Robbinesque" with a dashing selection of sweet things - the flapjacks were the "cojones del perro" as they say in Spain!!

Back to cricket.

Chasing a total of just 95 Ali G and Ryan Salter set about their task with pugnacious abandon. Ryan rushed to 12 off of 15 balls before skying a catch which was gratefully accepted by P Merrett from the bowling of Hunt. "Mr Reliable" Adam Bolton then joined Ali and they raced on to 64 before Ali was bowled by left-arm spinner Gurney for a rapid 28 from 24 balls with six 4's.

Matt Dicker then came to join Adam and between them they steered Trowbridge to victory putting on 31 for the last wicket, the winning run being achieved with a "whimper rather than a bang" when a wide was called.  Adam made an excellent unbeaten 32 with Matt contributing also unbeaten with 15. Trowbridge had achieved their target from just 15.4 overs.

So another brilliant win for the 2's whose seamers were just too much for the opposition.


If there is one observation to be made and that is that we give away far too many wides, 23 in this case which included two 5's.  It didn't matter in this match with significant disparity between teams but it will count when the margins are tighter and could eventually lose us a game. Looking back through the scorebook we have in effect given the opposition another player who scores 20+ every innings!

Your correspondent was very glad to be back in the scorer's box after a very enjoyable sojourn in the sub-continent last week.  

Moment of the afternoon was the sound and site of a Supermarine Spitfire circling overhead as part of "armed-forces day", the deep "thrum" of its Rolls-Royce Merlin engine drowning out the click of leather on willow and the far cries of the "bar-room badgers" (damm couldn't resist it)!

And so to Biddestone next week (I know where that is!) at least I hope that I remember?

Your correspondent.