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Marlborough CC - 2015 Season

Cricket: Malmesbury v Marlborough - Marlborough finish on a losing note

Match Report

West Of England Premier League (Wilts Division)

Malmesbury v Marlborough  29th August 2015

Malmesbury 98 all out;  Marlborough 90 all out

Malmesbury won by 8 runs


Kiwi Brad Frost in full swingKiwi Brad Frost in full swingMarlborough’s disastrous second half of the season continued with an 8 run defeat away to relegation threatened Malmesbury at the weekend.  The result saw Malmesbury avoid the drop on the final day of the season and Marlborough slip to finish the season in 4th place.

Marlborough won the toss and invited their hosts to bat first on what looked a very bowler friendly wicket.  Malmesbury very quickly lost the wickets of James Pearce-Smith and Jack Ward with only 9 runs on the scoreboard.  Malmesbury opener James Gillespie battle hard against the Marlborough attack of George Fox and Will Langton as well as the conditions.  He and Michael Collinson added 35 runs to the score before Gillespie was dismissed LBW by Fox.  Gillespie had batted for 52 balls for what proved to be very valuable 26 run contribution.

Malmesbury then lost 4 more wickets for just 8 runs as Marlborough introduced their dual spin attack of Ben Head and Fraser Gordon.  Collinson had batted through the mayhem and with Antony Brown (24) they managed a partnership of 32 to take the scoreboard to 84 before Collinson was dismissed by Gordon for 32. Collins innings had lasted for 97 balls and with his demise Malmesbury were soon all out for 98. Gordon finished with 4 for 26 and Head 3 for 23.

Marlborough found batting no easier and found themselves 12 for 4 by the 6th over with George Penfold, Arran Dickinson, Peter Day and James Richardson all back in the pavilion.  Kiwi Brad Frost then showed some resistance with Fox and then Head they managed to add 57 to the score before Frost was dismissed for 30. Marlborough batsmen then came and went none of them apart from Head (14) managed double figures and when Gordon was dismissed for a duck, the tenth of the day, Marlborough were dismissed for 90 eight runs short of victory and a very disappointing end to their season.

Marlborough Captain Arran Dickinson said after the game.  “It was very difficult to bat out there today and in those conditions anything could happen.  In the end we couldn’t just see it through which was a little disappointing but well done to Malmesbury as they have just edged it and have avoided relegation in doing so.  I am very pleased for them as they are a very nice bunch of lads.”



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Cricket: Marlborough v Winsley - Erratic Marlborough lose again

Match Report

West Of England Premier League (Wilts Division)

Marlborough v Winsley  22nd August 2015

Marlborough 130 all out;  Trowbridge 131-4

Winsley won by 6 wickets


Paul SmithPaul SmithMarlborough’s inconsistent second half of the season continued on Saturday as they lost at home to the league’s bottom side Winsley. Marlborough however remain in 3rd place in the table as 4th placed Marshfield lost away at Westbury.

Marlborough’s Captain Arran Dickinson lost the toss for the 12th time in his 15th game as Captain and were again put into bat by the visitors on a badly rain effected wicket.  The Forest side were soon in trouble as they lost 4 wickets in the first 10 overs for just 13 runs with Winsley’s Kegan Smart taking 3 of the wickets.

Marlborough’s fortunes were not to improve despite a brief respite’s with a 33 run partnership between Dickinson and the returning Tom Palmer and partnerships of 33 and 49 between Palmer and Brad Frost and Will Langton respectively.  Marlborough were eventually dismissed for a 130 off 42 overs with Palmer top scoring with 40 off 93 balls.

Winsley set about the target steadily and without risk and had taken the score to 44 before the loss of a wicket when Tom Walker was trapped LBW by Frost for 24 in the 10th over.  Winsley then proceeded to knock of the runs required with the loss of only 3 more wickets with 18 overs to spare.  Winsley’s Alain Hewett finished on 46 not out with Paul Smith being the pick of the Marlborough bowlers with 2 wickets for 49 off his 9 overs.

Marlborough Captain Arran Dickinson said after the game.  “It’s been another disappointing day but the toss today was crucial and I’ve not been very successful in this area all season.  I think who ever batted first to day would have been very much up against it from the off.  We need to put this result behind us ahead of next week’s final game as we know a win would guarantee us 3rd place for us which is what we set out to achieve at the start of the season.”

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Marlborough aim to regroup for a top three finish at home to Winsley

Tom Palmer returning this week to add strength to the batting line-upTom Palmer returning this week to add strength to the batting line-up

Marlborough Captain Arran Dickinson will be encouraging his team to up their game from last Saturday’s comprehensive nine wicket defeat at Trowbridge which brought an end to their title challenge.

A return to winning ways for the last two games of the season, this week at home to Winlsey and next week away at Malmesbury the divisions two bottom clubs, will guarantee the Forest outfit a top three finish and in line with the clubs target for the season.

Dickinson says: “A top three finish is what we set out for at the start of the season and achieving this will show to potential new players that the club is going in the right direction with ambitions that are more than achievable.  With the League restructuring at the end of this season Marlborough will be a tier three side next year and one that I believe with the addition of a couple of quality players will clearly be able to compete for higher League cricket in the future.”

Marlborough make a couple of changes for this week’s game bringing back into the side Batsmen Tom Palmer and Will Thomas both now available following work commitments and bowler Paul Smith.

Dickinson will be hoping Palmer picks up from where he left off at the start of the season which saw him average just short of 40 in his first six games of the season before a change in his work role made him unavailable for a big part of the season.


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Cricket: Trowbridge v Marlborough - Battered Marlborough’s title dreams come to an end at Trowbridge

Match Report

West Of England Premier League (Wilts Division)

Trowbridge v Marlborough  15th August 2015

Marlborough 108 all out;  Trowbridge 109-1

Trowbridge won by 9 wickets


It's painful for captain Arran Dickinson at Trowbridge last Saturday (15 August)It's painful for captain Arran Dickinson at Trowbridge last Saturday (15 August)Marlborough’s title aspirations for this season were finally extinguished at Trowbridge on Saturday as they succumbed to a comprehensive nine wicket defeat.  

Marlborough Captain Arran Dickinson, whilst disappointed by the result, remained upbeat about Marlborough’s season to date and the clubs long term prospects and goals.

“We can have no complaints about today’s result and assuming Trowbridge go on to win the title from here they will be worthy winners.  They’ve beaten us easily today and have now done the double over us this season and with only losing three games so far this seasons they fully deserve to be champions.”

Dickinson went on to say how pleased he was with the Clubs performance this season.

“At the start of the season we set our goal for a top three finish and if we win our remaining two games we will achieve this.  Whilst everyone is very down about today’s result and the manner in which we lost the boys should be very proud of what we have achieved and the way in which we have competed and played this season.”

Marlborough won the toss and elected to bat first despite what looked a damp wicket and were soon in trouble with the loss of Mark Wingfield-Digby and Dickinson with only 9 runs on the scoreboard.  The Marlborough middle order then showed a brief period of resistance putting on 68 runs between Ben Head (22), Peter Day (24), James Richardson (13) and George Penfold (21) on what looked a tricky wicket before the complete Marlborough batting collapse for 108 off 43 overs.

The Trowbridge openers in response had no such problems with the wicket and openers Tom Oakley and Mike Reynolds very quickly put on a partnership of 78 without any difficulty before Oakley was bowled by Head for 32.  Reynolds and Andrea Agathangelou saw Trowbridge home to a comprehensive victory without further loss.  Reynolds finished on 57 not out off 99 balls.

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Marlborough look to bat themselves back into title challenge at Trowbridge

Captain Arron Dickinson and Brad Frost in discussionCaptain Arron Dickinson and Brad Frost in discussionSecond placed Marlborough travel to first placed Trowbridge on Saturday in what will be an all or nothing game for the forest outfit.  Marlborough currently trail the league leaders by 21 points in the WEPL Wiltshire division with three games to play and know nothing but a win at the weekend will keep their title hopes alive.

Marlborough Coach Brad Frost says his side knows that a win will put them well and truly back in the title race and close the gap between them and their title challenger’s to single figures.

“A good win and we could be back within a couple of points and very much everything to play for for the rest of the season.  We are also very aware that a defeat on Saturday will as good as give Trowbridge the title.  The boys are up for the challenge and I am confident the boys will give a 100% to keep the title race alive for us to the end of the season”.

Marlborough have the return of inform batsman Peter Day for this week’s game and his inclusion will further strengthen a back in form Marlborough batting unit which has comfortably outscored their opponents in recent games.

Marlborough will continue to look to Captain Arran Dickinson and Frost to lead the team by example with bat and ball as they have in recent weeks.  Dickinson currently leads the league’s batting charts with 613 runs for the season and Frost is 2nd in the bowling charts with 34 wickets.

“It would cap of a great season if we can win the title and that both Arran and myself could finish on top of the batting and bowling tables.”  Frost added.


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Cricket: Marlborough v Calne - Marlborough back to winning ways

Match Report

West Of England Premier League (Wilts Division)

Marlborough v Calne  1st August 2015

Marlborough 247-7;   Calne 165 all out

Marlborough won by 82 runs


Brad Frost in fine form on Saturday against CalneBrad Frost in fine form on Saturday against CalneMarlborough ended their recent run of bad results with an 82 run win away at Calne on Saturday.  The win takes the forest outfit back to second place in the league but 36 points behind division leaders Trowbridge.

Marlborough having been asked to bat first got off to a good steady start and had taken the score to 57 before Ben Head was caught by Andrew Wilson off the bowling of Tom Crosby for 24.

Mark Wingfield-Digby with the incoming Arran Dickinson continued to bat well and took Marlborough to the drinks break without further loss.  The pair had added a further 56 to the total when Wingfield-Digby was dismissal for 44 in the 30th over.

Dickinson and Peter Day continued to tick the scoreboard over and further building a good foundation with wickets in hand for the onslaught in the last 10 overs.  Dickinson was dismissed in the 40th over for 43 with the score on 158.

Hard hitting Kiwi Brad Frost then came to the crease and pushed hard down on the accelerator scoring 48 off 28 balls and taking the score to 232 in partnership first with Day (35) then James Richardson (13) and finally George Penfold (10).  Marlborough added 88 runs to their total off the last 10 overs to finish on 247.

Calne in response got off to a slow steady start despite the early loss of James Watson for 8.  Jordan Butler and Sean Adams kept Calne’s steady start going but as they slowly fell behind the run rate the pair began to look to pick up the scoring rate and in doing so started to take some risks with the bat.  Butler was next to go off the bowling of Will Langton for 19 and with the departure of Butler Calne wickets fell regularly thereafter with only Adams (34) and  Andrew Windsor (58) getting in to double figures as Calne collapsed to 165 all out.

Ben Head produced another good bowling performance taking 5 of the Calne wickets for 31 runs off his 10 overs with Frost and Langton picking up a pair each.

Marlborough Captain Arran Dickinson said after the game that he was greatly relieved to get back to winning ways.

“I think we played a lot better today than we have in the last 3 weeks but still below our best.  Hopefully this win will help us move on and finish the rest of the season off strongly.  We batted as a team today in partnerships and the bowlers built pressure as a unit with Ben putting in another top performance.”


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