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Marlborough CC - 2015 Season

Marlborough aim to keep both feet firmly on the ground when they travel to Marshfield this weekend

Mike Bush in full swingMike Bush in full swingMarlborough will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the WEPL Wiltshire division on Saturday when they travel to mid table Marshfield.  Marlborough currently have a 7 point advantage over 2nd placed Trowbridge and 14 points over 3rd placed Westbury, in what now appears to be a three horse race for this year’s Wiltshire title.

Marlborough Captain Arran Dickinson says that this week’s game is no easy affair and that his side must guard against over confidence and complacency following last Saturday’s very good win over title challengers Westbury.

“We know Marshfield are a far better side than their current league position suggests and they have a very good batting unit with James Williams, Callum Burnstone, Will Pascall and Jeremy Bond at the heart of it and all of them in the league’s top 20 run scorers this season.  They are not a bad bowling side either with Pascall leading the way with 23 wickets so we know we have a game on our hands this week.”

Marlborough make two changes for this weekend’s game with Will Langton and Will Thomas both making way for Mike Bush and Frazer Gordon.  Bush will come into the side to further strengthen the batting unit and will also provide Dickinson with another spin bowling option. Wiltshire County under 17 Gordon adds further depth to the Marlborough bowling unit and is someone that Dickinson has great hopes of for the future.

“Frazer is a very good young cricketer with a great attitude and a lot of potential and is the sort of player this club intends to build its future around.  We have two County under 17’s in the current side with Frazer and Dave West and the same can be said of Dave. The pair show what a bright future this club has and gives us a very good foundation to build on.”

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Cricket: Marlborough v Westbury - Battle-hardened Marlborough surge to the top with emphatic victory over rivals Westbury

Match Report

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

 

Captain Arran Dickinson leading the way in Saturday's emphatic victory over close rivals WestburyCaptain Arran Dickinson leading the way in Saturday's emphatic victory over close rivals WestburyMarlborough 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.”

 

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Marlborough v Westbury: Crunch time as top two lock antlers in the Forest

Captain Aaron Dickinson and Brad Frost making key decisionsCaptain Aaron Dickinson and Brad Frost making key decisionsIn a top of the table clash in the WEPL Wiltshire Division Marlborough entertain Westbury at the Savernake Forest ground this Saturday.  Both sides top the table on equal points and identical records having won seven and lost two each at the half way point of the season.  

Marlborough lost the earlier season’s encounter at Westbury on the opening day of the season by 3 wickets despite a century from Marlborough captain Arran Dickinson on that day.  Dickinson thinks that the clubs records at this point are a fair reflection of the two team’s potential this season.

“We always thought that Westbury in all likely hood were the team to beat this season and I have no doubt that if we do finish above them we will not be far off from winning the title this season.  It looks to be a three horse race from here between the two of us and Trowbridge and whilst I don’t think a loss on Saturday would end either of our title aspirations a win would certainly give the winners an edge and the momentum in the title race.”

Dickinson will be looking to his inform batting unit to play a big part in this weekend’s game.  The Marlborough batsmen have knocked up 4 centuries and 9 half centuries between them this season.  Dickinson believes that the team is batting for each other and this has been a substantial contribution to the team’s success so far.

“We have seen the batsmen put together three 100 plus partnerships and fifteen of 50 plus so far this season with the runs coming across the board from the whole batting unit.  We have currently 7 batsmen in the division’s top 30 run scorers and I firmly think this shows the depth of our batting.”

Dickinson also says the Bowling unit is contributing well and with 5 of the Marlborough front line bowlers also in the top 30 wicket takers it shows that Marlborough are not a one dimensional team.   

Marlborough name a full strength side for this week’s game with the return of batsman Peter Day having now recovered from the leg injury suffered while batting at Winsley.   Day has averaged 40 for the 1st team this season and has been part of the batting backbone with scores of 67 and 75 in recent weeks.

Marlborough also strengthen with the return of young seam bowler Dave West to give the Forest outfit a strong 6 man bowling attack all of whom have bowling averages of 25 or better.  

Ben Head plays his 150th recorded league game for Marlborough on Saturday in which he has taken 365 wickets and scored over 2,500 runs.  Many believe the real number of games played to be nearer 225 and 600 wickets as league records have only been kept since 2003 and Head made his 1st team debut in 1998.

 

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Cricket: Marlborough v Malmesbury - Penfold and Richardson make runs as the sun shines (2)

Match Report

West Of England Premier League (Wilts Division)

Marlborough v Malmesbury   27th June 2015

Marlborough 322-4; Malmesbury 228-8

Marlborough won by 96 runs

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Marlborough's pair of Centurions - George Penfold and James RichardsonMarlborough's pair of Centurions - George Penfold and James RichardsonIt was a historic day at Marlborough on Saturday as the batting unit led the Forest outfit to victory by 96 runs over Malmesbury.  For the first time in Marlborough 1st XI WEPL history two batsmen scored centuries in the same game which allowed Marlborough to also declare for the first time in their WEPL league history.

George Penfold and James Richardson set up the record day and enjoyed a 159 run partnership in the sun.  Penfold opening the innings was joined by Richardson with the score on 91-2 at the end of the 13th over and the pair flourished on the prolific start.

Penfold having scored his second century of the season off 93 balls finished on 115 when he was finally dismissed off the bowling of Josh Langley in the 39th over.  Penfold had batted for 109 balls scoring sixteen 4’s.  Richardson was next up to secure his ton which was his debut century in senior first XI cricket and finished not out 112 when Marlborough skipper Arran Dickinson declared.  Richardson brought his hundred up of 100 balls. Richardson’s flawless innings included fourteen 4’s and one 6.

Dickinson was aware at the declaration that title challengers Westbury seemed to be coasting to an easy win at neighbours Great Bedwyn and that a win with a declaration would bring valuable bonus points.  “We knew a declaration was on the cards by the 2nd drinks break and we decided to accelerate the run rate once Penners (Penfold) had been dismissed.  Brad (Frost) scored quickly for the second week running scoring 35 off 17 balls and we took advantage of the scoreboard position and declared. With hindsight perhaps we should have declared earlier with a smaller target so as to tempt Malmesbury to go for the win.”

Malmesbury in reply never looked like they were capable of scoring the runs required and settled for batting out their overs and scoring the maximum batting points.  James Gillespie carried his bat through the Malmesbury innings finishing on 93 not out as the rest of his team mates batted around him as Malmesbury finished on 226 for 8.  The Marlborough bowling unit despite their efforts could not finish of the innings and secure the last bowling point on what was a very good batting track.
Frost and Paul Smith were the prime wicket takers with 4 and 2 respectively with George Fox and spinner Ben Head being the pressure bowlers with their economic spells conceding 26 and 13 off their 10 overs.

The win see’s Marlborough stay top but jointly with Westbury as both sides have the same points and  identical records of 7 wins and 2 losses at the halfway point of the season.

 

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Cricket: Winsley v Marlborough -'Foxtastic Day' for Marlborough away at Winsley

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West Of England Premier League (Wilts Division)

Winsley v Marlborough   20th June 2015

Winsley 299-4:  Marlborough 300-6

Marlborough won by 4 wickets

 

Brad Frost Marlborough's Kiwi in fine blasting form against Winsley on SaturdayBrad Frost Marlborough's Kiwi in fine blasting form against Winsley on SaturdayMarlborough bounced back to winning ways on Saturday in an exciting game at Winsley which saw just short of 600 runs scored for the fall of 10 wickets.  Marlborough chased down a daunting target of 299 with 9 balls to spare thanks very much to outstanding batting performances from Peter Day, George Fox and an explosive 45 of just 17 balls from Brad Frost to see the Forest outfit home.

Marlborough having lost the toss were asked to bowl first on what looked a very flat track but in what appeared to be very encouraging bowling conditions.  Winsley openers Simon Norris and Charlie Holton got the home side off to a great start and they saw Winsley to 121 without loss at the drinks break.

Winsley had been helped by some poor bowling and fielding and Marlborough Captain Arran Dickinson in an attempt to break the Winsley Partnership introduced his back up bowlers to the attack in two over spells.  The tactic proved successful when James Richardson got Norris to miss time a shot and was caught by George Fox seven runs short of his century.  Brad Frost followed up with the wicket of Holton in the next over for 79.

Marlborough then contained the Winsley score rate for a 10 over period with some very tight bowling from Ben Head which saw Winsley only score 34 runs before Alain Hewett and Kevin Hendy picked up the Winsley run rate scoring 96 of the last 9 overs to see Winsley finish on 299 for 4 off their 50 overs.

With a run rate of 6 an over required Marlborough went for the win from the start but with the loss of George Penfold and Dickinson by the 7th over with 49 on the score board Marlborough were forced to consolidate for a period.

Head and Peter Day tried to keep the score board ticking over without further loss and had taken the score to 84 before Head was dismissed for 32.  Marlborough then seemed to be in some difficulty with the loss of Richardson and Will Thomas within the space of 9 balls just before the drinks interval and with the score on 113.

Day was joined at the crease by George Fox and the pair slowly but surely rebuilt the Marlborough innings.  The pair had added 133 and had got Marlborough back in to the game when Day went down with a leg injury running a quick single.  Day barely able to stand was out shortly afterwards for 75 and with the score on 246 Marlborough needed 54 off the last 36 balls to win.

Day was replaced by Marlborough’s Kiwi Brad Frost and Fox who had battled hard with Day played the anchor role once Frost had settled.  With Marlborough requiring 42 off the last 4 overs Frost launched in to attack and destroyed any hope Winsley had of clinging on for a win.  Fox and Frost plundered 39 runs off two overs with 34 of them including five 6’s coming from Frosts bat off just 8 balls. Marlborough secured the win in the 49th over with Fox and Frost ending on 83 and 45 not out respectively.  Fox’s innings had lasted for 75 balls and included twelve 4’s and one 6.  Day had bated for 93 balls in which he scored ten 4’s.

A very happy Marlborough Captain Arran Dickinson said after the game that the result showed a lot of spirit and again the depth of his side’s quality.  “Pete and George (Day and Fox) have set up the win today and Brad (Frost) has finished it off for us.  We bowled and fielded poorly but the batsmen have picked up the challenge.  It helps that we can bat to 11 and have numerous bowling options open to us as well.”

The win maintains Marlborough’s top spot in the WEPL Wiltshire Division as we approach the halfway point of the season.

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Marlborough look to return to winning ways at Winsley on Saturday

George Penfold (Penners) willl bring all his bat and glove experience to strengthen the team on SaturdayGeorge Penfold (Penners) willl bring all his bat and glove experience to strengthen the team on SaturdayMarlborough Captain Arran Dickinson is confident that his team can bounce back from their top of the table loss to Trowbridge last weekend when they travel to Winsley this Saturday.

Dickinson says the spirit and confidence in the Marlborough camp is good.  “The Trowbridge result was disappointing especially at home but once we had discussed the game between us and what we thought had gone wrong we all realised that it was nothing serious and that with some hard work and determination we can get our title campaign back on track this Saturday.”

Dickinson also went on to say.  “We have a full strength side for the trip to Winsley with selection this week being very difficult as nearly everyone in the first team squad was available for selection and we have had to make some very difficult decisions.  I think the strength of our 2’s this week says a lot about the depth and quality we have at the club.”

Marlborough make only one change to last week’s team with the return of glove and batsman George Penfold to the team.  Penfold is a key member of the team in the field says Dickinson and one that also adds to the batting depth.  “George has notched his first league century this year at Purton and can bat anywhere in our top order.  His contribution on the field behind the stumps is also first rate both in ability and vocal support to the rest of the team.  It is a real bonus to have him back in the team this week.”

There is no return however for seam bowler Dave West and Dickinson says this has been the most difficult decision he has had to make since taking on the captaincy.  “Dave has been bowling very well and is in the division’s top 25 wicket takers for the season but unfortunately was unavailable last Saturday.

His replacement Paul Smith was our best bowler against Trowbridge and has been knocking on the door from the 2’s all season and he has taken full advantage of the opportunity he was given.  Whilst it was a very hard decision to make it is the sort of dilemma most Captains want to have as it again shows the quality we have available.”

Dickinson will also be looking for his current good form to continue with the bat which has seen him score over 350 runs so far this season and lead the divisions run scoring table at an average of just below 60.

 

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