Mike 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.”
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 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.”