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Marlborough CC - 2014 Season

Cricket: Ben Head again stars as Marlborough truimph over Winsley

Marlborough star all rounder Ben Head once again showed why he's one of the most revered players in Wiltshire Cricket with a match winning performance, as Marlborough completed a straight forward 92 run victory over Winsley at home in the game kindly sponsored by Chris's barbershop of Marlborough High Street.

Put into bat by the hosts Marlborough posted 177-9 off their 50 overs thanks to a brilliant knock of 72 from Head with useful lower order contributions from George Penfold 22 and George Fox 18 not out with Simon Orchard 4-28 and youngster Tom Walker 3-33 the pick of the bowlers for Winsley.

In reply Winsley crumbled to 85 all out as Head took 5 wickets with the ball with Fox and spin sensation Fraser Gordon also taking 3 and 2 wickets apiece.

Marlborough skipper Tom Norris said "The game was all about Ben Head and hopefully we can go on a run but we need to take each game as it comes"

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Cricket: Kwik Cricket Tournament

Marlborough CC Under 9sMarlborough CC Under 9sAs the weekend weather washed out most cricket, a brief respite allowed Marlborough to host their Kwik Cricket tournament on Sunday Morning. 

Teams from Devizes, Wilcot and Burbage joined Marlborough to play at their Savernake Ground.  Over 40 under 9’s made the most of the early morning sunshine to get out and play some competitive cricket in the one of the first tournaments of the season.  Wilcot went on to become Champions winning all of their 3 games.

Nick Down, Marlborough's 2nd XI captain and organiser of the Kwik Cricket tournament  said:  “The aim of the tournament is just to get the kids enjoying the game in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.  Hopefully some of these players come through their respective academies and end up playing against each other for many years to come”.

Marlborough under 9’s train on a Friday evening, 6pm at the Savernake Ground.

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Cricket: Excellent victory away at Trowbridge

Marlborough recorded their first win of the league season with an impressive win away at Trowbridge.

Dylan Bennie - excellent centuryDylan Bennie - excellent centuryPut into bat by the hosts the " Trees" were in early trouble losing openers Nick Crabbe and Ben Head cheaply but thanks to a brilliant 172 run 3rd wicket partnership between skipper Tom Norris 85 and overseas star Dylan Bennie who scored a brilliant 105.

Marlborough reached 245-8 off their 50 overs with Mike Reynolds, Luke Seymour and Scott Marshall taking two wickets apiece for Trowbridge.

In reply Wesley Marshall 50 and Sam Julyan 69 gave Trowbridge hope of victory but Mark Wingfield-Digby with 3 wickets and Fraser Gordon and George Fox with 2 wickets each ensured that Marlborough bowled Trowbridge out for 179 ensuring a hard fought 66 run win.

Marlborough Skipper Norris said " Myself and Dylan struggled at first but dug in and batting got easier but it was hardwork bowling them out".

Marlborough 2nd team also beat Trowbridge 2nd 11 at home in the game kindly sponsored by the Bell at West Overton.  Highlight of the game was undoubtly a hat trick by young Marlborough bowler Dave West who finished with figures of 4-27.

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Cricket: Disappointing start to the season away at Bedwyn

Marlborough's league campaign got off to a disappointing start with a 47 run defeat away to near neighbours Great Bedwyn.

Marlborough skipper Tom Norris won the toss and put the home side in and once again as they have been many times down the years Bedwyn were indebted to star batsmen Rob Palmer whose assured 55 supported by Max Andrews 28 ensured that Bedwyn reached 139-9 of their 50 overs with George Fox 2-23 and Mark Wingfield-Digby 2-18 the pick of the Marlborough bowlers.

In reply Marlborough batted poorly with only Ben Head 23 and Norris 15 reaching double figures as Marlborough were bowled out for 92 with 3 wickets apiece for Andrews and Sean Palmer for Bedwyn.

Marlborough skipper Norris said " we bowled too many wides and no balls as well as a crucial drop catch, our batting lacked discipline and poor shot selection. It was a very disappointing performance but we were beaten by the better team".

Marlborough 2nd 11 also suffered defeat in their opening league game of the season at home to Potterne in the match kindly sponsored by The Bear Inn of Marlborough.  Chasing 199 to win Marlborough rallied from being in serious trouble at 4-4 to just narrowly missing their target being bowled out for 179.

Keeping the runs downKeeping the runs downAn edge?An edge?

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2014 season - Comfortable stroll to victory in first pre-season friendly

Marlborough Cricket club first eleven strolled to a comfortable win against Corsham in their first pre season friendly of the 2014 season on Saturday.

Playing at home Marlborough asked the visitors to bat first after winning the toss and Corsham found the going tough against some good bowling from the home side.

With the help of 41 extras Corsham struggled to 132 all out with only Tom Abbott 18, Ned James 17,  Andy Davies 19 and Craig Chaplin 18 making useful contributions.

Vice-Captain Will Langton 3-8, star all rounder Ben Head 2-7 and Mark Wingfield-Digby 2-22 were the key men with the ball for Marlborough.  

In reply Marlborough reached their target with ease for the loss of just one wicket in the 28th over with again Extras of 49 being the leading scorer, and with Wingfield Digby scoring an assured 37 whilst Nick Crabbe looked composed with 32 not out.

Marlborough will expect a tougher test next week away at Wootton Bassett in their final warm up game before the start of the league season.

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