Gritty Win Away Shows Depth To Squad
By Mark Baring
3-in-a-row as expectations rise
Marsh Gibbon CC vs. East and West Hendred CC
OCA Division 2
Saturday 14th May 2016
Marsh Gibbon won the toss and elected to bat first
Marsh Gibbson- 150 for 6
S. Vadivale- 85*
S. Turner- 34
East and West Hendred- 152 for 5
J. Francis- 61*
Hendred win by 5 wickets
This was a display that provided much food for thought for both captain and vice-captains alike. In a performance that provided many moments of despair and frustration came ultimate sweet nectar of victory at the end of a tight and absorbing affair between the two teams.
Having had 2 wins out of 2, optimism was rife in the visitors and for good reason. A near unchanged team against a team evidently struggling for players and form. A clear mis-match you would think? Sadly all too often those thoughts can lead to an unpleasant downfall. But that experience can keep itself in hiding for the time-being.
It didn't take long for the match to light the touch paper. Second ball the opener should have been dismissed but a rare error from the junior Mulford sibling meant the ball thudded to the ground. Fortunately fortune was on Hendred's side as the opener spooned up a chance for Jason Fisher to grab it only for him to spoon the chance to the alert Andrew Francis for him to whip the ball towards Jack Mulford to make amends for his earlier mistake. Then next over things became better as Carl Palmer took 2 in 2 with a peach and a rotten apple of a ball respectively. First one beat the batsman for pace and was back in the hut, the next one was a gorgeous full toss with batsmen fluffing his lines and Peter Ratcliffe clutching on at gully.
Kash was to shortly join the action with an all two familar trap of a couple of outswingers followed by a booming inswinger and the umpire duly raised his finger in recognition of the masterclass. at 24 for 4 this was going to be the best it would get for Hendred. As a combination of bad fielding, incredibly poor catching and slipping standards ensured that Marsh Gibbon were able to get themselves going. Albeit with their opener, affectionately known as Sat-Nav, enjoying more luck than a cat with 9 lives. The captain himself let his frustration get the better of him when dismissing one of their batsmen. Suffice to say some more colourful language may have been heard.
After a superb tea, Hendred began their steady response with both Mulfords steadfastly refusing to let the surface bog them down. However after a flurry of wicket left Hendred from 42 for 1, to 98 for 5, it was down to the Francis pair of Jon and Andrew to see the remaining runs ticked off with 2.2 overs remaining. Jon playing a fantastically gritty and determined innings, unwilling to give away his wicket cheaply and Andrew being technically adroit.
A very satisfying win considering how the match unfolded and our league campaign continues apace.
Man of The Match- Jon Francis- The Vice coming good with a determined and match winning knock
Champagne Moment- Jason Fisher and Andy Francis- The combined efforts of a dropped catch by Jason Fisher and the alertness of Andy Francis provided the kaleidoscope of fielding that was on display
Mare of the Match- Charlie Mulford- An unfortunate day in the field for the elder Mulford sibling. Best forgotten.