Match Report from Allington CC vs Marshfield CC 3’s
By MATTHEW STEPHEN
“Here comes the sun” and didn’t we know it!!!
“Here comes the sun” and didn’t we know it.
This Saturday we welcomed Marshfield CC 3’s to the Birch Grove Pavilion and they brought the sun, after what feels like a very wet summer so far.
With the eighth different line up in 8 games, the team were keen to put the previous week behind them. With the music of ChippFest playing in the background Alex won the toss and sensibly elected to bat first. A sensible decision by the captain, given the amount of advice he took on this subject.
With the car temperatures reading in the early 30’s, Captain Marvel and Lee took to the field and showed why they are the first choice opening partnership (when Lee is available). They batted through 2 drinks breaks, relentless heat, a pause due to the youngest Marshfield player Sam was suffering from heat stroke (wear a hat next time young man) and 29 overs and achieving the highest partnership score of the club 150+ to date. Can’t tell you exactly as the young guns on the score book didn’t record the total.
Lee was eventually stumped on 67, bringing Smithers to the crease. Skip clearly mixing up experience with exuberance. By this stage Alex was only hitting boundaries or running singles as the lily white, faux ginger was suffering in the sun. Smithers hit a couple of stylish shots but with only 12 overs left and plenty of batting to come decided to go for a slog and smahed it straight to mid-on.
In came the young gun Jack, who supported Alex with some stylish shots, quickly scoring 38 but also running hard between the wickets to keep Alex on strike and pushing for his century. Which he eventually did with a single to fine leg and rightfully took the applause of the crowd and respectful appreciation from Marshfield. The clubs first ton and Alex’s first in his playing career.
As so often happens, once the milestone was reached, a few runs later and Alex was bowled, ending his long innings on 104 with only a couple of overs to go. Jack followed shortly after with a very respectable 38 allowing Jon Clevs to face two balls and hit a 4 and a 6 for 10 runs.
Tea was taken (as always an awesome spread laid on by Andrea and family) with Marshfield having to chase 252.
Time for the bowlers to do some work. Luckily the temperature has dropped slightly and with a slight breeze it was fair to say Allington had the better conditions to field in. Great choice to bat first Alex.
We started with pace man Windmill, who maintained a consistent line, piled the pressure on and ended with 1 wicket, 2 maidens and only giving away 22 runs from his nonstop 8 overs. Clevs was bowling from the other end and equally kept the pressure up. Several lbw appeals went unheard but eventually the wicket came with beautifully crafted ball that took the bails off. Marshfield were 33 for 2 after 13 overs.
Time for the opening partnership to have a break in the field and bring on the experience of spin from Paul, and the exuberance of youth with Will. After a couple of sighters, Paul got his line and length and created havoc eventually taking 3 wickets for 8 off 5 overs. Pressure slowly being applied. Will in only his 8th ever match, suffered a few full tosses that were duly dispatched to the boundary, but the signs of a class bowler remain and with more time in the nets, it will all come together for him.
Greg was brought into the strike force next with Rabib given his first outing with the ball. Greg slow to very slow pace bowling kept the pressure on with only a rare full toss being hit for 4 in the first over. After that he piled the pressure on, hitting line and length. A shout for an edge and caught behind went on death ears but Greg persevered and got his man in the next over ending with 1 for 19 off 6 overs. Rab went for a few more, but the smile on his face when asked to bowl and afterwards shows the true spirit of the team. Rab was replaced by Jack who went for 18 off 4 but still kept the pressure up with some tight spin bowling.
Next up in the bowling line up was the Welsh Wizard that is Ceri. A quiet man on the pitch (he was never quite on the rugby pitch) he let his bowling do his talking with a maiden in his first and only giving away 13 runs in total.
Marshfield were on the ropes by this stage, with their tail end coming out to push towards some batting points. Eventually Lee caught the eye of Skip and was given the task of mopping up the rear guard, which he managed with some masterful bowling, taking 3 for 3 off 3. Marshfield all out for 139 and a win for Allington by 113 runs.
A great home victory for Allington with the match played with a fantastic spirit by both sides in challenging hot conditions. Everyone looked after each other and we came together for a beer afterwards in the cool evening as the sun went down. Thank you Marshfield CC 3’s