Cricket: Marlborough v Westbury - Battle-hardened Marlborough surge to the top with emphatic victory over rivals Westbury
West Of England Premier League (Wilts Division)
Marlborough v Westbury 4th July 2015
Marlborough 201-8; Westbury 140 all out
Marlborough won by 61 runs
Marlborough emerged victorious from Saturday’s clash of the WEPL Wiltshire division’s top two with a very impressive 61 run win. Marlborough now led the table by 7 points from second placed Trowbridge.
Marlborough, having lost the toss were asked to bat first by the visitors on what looked a very unpredictable track following Friday night’s storm in which 35mm of rain fell in a very short time and penetrated the wicket despite all efforts to protect the wicket by groundsman Graham Loney.
The home side seemed to be in trouble fairly quickly with both Ben Head and Peter Day both back in the pavilion with in 10 overs and with only 16 on the scoreboard. George Penfold and James Richardson last week’s centurions seemed to have things back under control and had taken the score to 46 when Richardson was dismissed for 20. It looked serious for Marlborough when Will Thomas followed Richardson in the next over with only 1 more run being added to the total.
Penfold was joined at the crease by Marlborough Captain Arran Dickinson and the pair added a further 21 to the score before Penfold perished on 26 just before the drinks break. With runs coming at a premium Dickinson and the incoming George Fox set about trying to resurrect the Marlborough innings. Both batsmen played patiently and slowly started to add runs to the board.
Dickinson brought up his half century off 56 balls and the pair had taken the score to 133 with a 65 run partnership before Dickinson was caught and bowled by Tom Lucas for 52.
Fox then with Brad Frost, Will Langton and finally Paul Smith added 68 runs off the last 9 overs to get Marlborough to a respectable 201 for 8 at the close of the innings with Fox finishing on 44 not out.
Marlborough, with what they believed to be a below par score on the board knew they had to bowl well and be on top quickly.
This they did when Westbury opener Richard Mills was caught by Dickinson off the bowling off Fox in the first over of Westbury’s reply. Fox followed up with the wicket of Jarred McDonald 4 overs later and when Frost trapped Dan Gill LBW in the next over Westbury found themselves 8 for 3 after just 6 overs.
Senneck and Lydon Gibbons settled Westbury for a brief period and had taken the score to 37 when Senneck became Fox’s 3rd wicket of the day. Westbury then lost wickets on a regular basis and when Ben Head bowled Gibbons for 49 with the Westbury score on 90 for 7 the game was Marlborough’s for the taking.
Marlborough finished off the game when Andy Carroll was superbly caught by Dave West off the bowling of Smith following a dashing 32 from Carroll.
Marlborough missed out on some valuable bowling bonus points following several missed opportunities to dismiss Westbury for less than 120 but Marlborough Captain Arran Dickinson was not too disappointed at the end of the game.
“Before the start of the game we would have taken this result without a second thought and we would have certainly done so at tea. Yes we could have done a little better at the end but we batted well in hindsight and bowled very well under pressure. This has been a very good win for us and will no doubt give us good confidence and momentum for the coming games.”