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Marlborough CC - 2015 Season

Marlborough ready for Trowbridge challenge at Savernake on Saturday

Will ThomasWill ThomasMarlborough take on Trowbridge at home in a top of the table clash on Saturday and will be looking to consolidate their position at the top of the WEPL Wiltshire division.

Trowbridge currently sit in 3rd place in the table 19 points behind Marlborough and are coming in to this weekend’s game having lost their last two games to Marshfield and Westbury by big margins.

Marlborough Captain Arran Dickinson is expecting a very determined Trowbridge to turn up for this week’s game.

“I have no doubt that Trowbridge will be out to get their title challenge back on course after having lost their last two games by over 60 runs. This will make them dangerous opponents this weekend and one not to be taken lightly.  The boys have trained well this week and everyone is very much up for the challenge Trowbridge pose.”

Marlborough on the other hand are enjoying a five game winning run which Dickinson firmly believes is down to them playing as a team with tremendous spirit and fun.

“We have 5 of our batsmen in the division’s top 25 run scorers and 5 of our bowlers in the top wicket takers for the season so far which is an all-round performance that no other team gets close to. We are clearly not a one man team and we are able to bat to 11 with nearly everyone being able to bowl as well if needed.”

Marlborough name a strong side for the game with the return of James Richardson and Will Thomas (pictured) to the batting line up.  Thomas will be looking to continue his recent good form which saw him score a half century on debut two weeks ago against Calne.

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Cricket: Great Bedwyn v Marlborough - Powerful Marlborough outgun local rivals Bedwyn

Match Report

West Of England Premier League (Wilts Division)

Great Bedwyn v Marlborough   6th June 2015

Marlborough 252-3:  Bedwyn 191 all out

Marlborough won by 61 Runs


Ben Head - leading the batting in style against BedwynBen Head - leading the batting in style against BedwynMarlborough extended their lead at the top of the WEPL Wiltshire division to sixteen points with a 61 run win away at local rivals Great Bedwyn on Saturday.

Marlborough elected to bat on what was a slow wicket which gave little help to the home bowlers as Marlborough produced another batting team performance posting a 250 plus score for the 5th time this season.

Again as in past week’s the Marlborough total was built on sound partnerships with three seventy five plus partnerships at the centre of their 1st innings total.  Tom Palmer and Ben Head in the absence of George Penfold opened the Marlborough innings and the pair got off to a slow steady start and had taken the visitors to 76 before Palmer was dismissed for 20 just before the drinks break.

Marlborough looked to build on their solid start and with wickets in hand looked to accelerate the score but lost Tom Jacques shortly afterwards for 12.  Peter Day joined Head at the crease and with Day playing the anchor role Head begun to tick the scoreboard over a bit more freely.  The pair put on a further 75 taking the score to 171 when Head was bowled by Max Andrews 10 runs short of his century.  Head had bated for 136 balls scoring seven 4’s and two 6’s.

Arran Dickinson replaced Head at the crease and he in turn allowed Day to take the lead role and the pair saw Marlborough through to the close adding a further 81 runs to the total as Marlborough finished on 252. Day ended on 67 not out off 64 balls and Dickinson 28 off 17.

Marlborough’s team performance continued in the field and kept the pressure on the home batsmen from the outset.  Great Bedwyn also seemed to get off to a good start and had taken the score to 40 before Head made the breakthrough in dismissing John Palmer for 7 in the 13th over.

Great Bedwyn then lost wickets on a regular basis and despite a 50 run partnership between Rich Bossam and Neil Maycock which briefly looked to threaten the Marlborough total the hosts were dismissed for 191 in the 48th over.  All six Marlborough bowlers shared in the wickets with Will Langton and Tom Jacques leading the way with 3 for 36 and 2 for 22 respectively.

Marlborough Captain Arran Dickinson was delighted after the game with their 5th straight win and at having extended their lead at the top of the table.

“This was always going to be a tricky game and one that we could easily have messed up in.  We have a very good friendly rivalry with Great Bedwyn and the teams know each other really well so I’m very relieved to have come away with a fairly good win.

Again we have bated and bowled well as a team around some very good individual performances.  The atmosphere in the changing room is top rate and we are becoming more and more confident with each gamed played.”

Marlborough 2nds returned to winning ways with a 7 wicket win at home to Chipping Sodbury.  The visitors posted 227 in their allotted overs before Ben Lambert blasted 105 to see the Marlborough home with 2 overs to spare.


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Team Marlborough look to continue winning run at local rivals Bedwyn on Saturday

Dave WestDave WestMarlborough will be looking to build and extend on their lead at the top of the WEPL Wiltshire division this weekend when they travel to their local rivals Great Bedwyn.

Marlborough coaches Brad Frost and Tony Dickinson are well pleased with their sides start to the season which has seen them recover from an opening day defeat at Westbury to put together a four game winning run that has taken them to the top of the table.

Dickinson says it’s been a team effort so far this season.
“The team spirit in the camp is very high and it is being built on with every game now as the confidence and belief within the squad grows. The team ethos has been a priority for me this year and I have tried to get the boys to play with purpose and focus but at the same time in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere. I think we have achieved this and this I have no doubt has been reflected in the results.”

Brad Frost also says that the team performances this season has been the foundation on which Marlborough have built on and has been a major contribution to their winning start to the season. Frost points to the team batting as an example.

“Arran (Dickinson) has led the batting unit this year but it has been backed up by all of the top six at some point this season. Arran has had two great knocks this year as has Tom Palmer.

George Penfold has posted a century and Will Thomas added a half century last Saturday as well. The unit has batted well together and they have now put together nine fifty plus partnerships which with the exception of the Devizes game has seen the side post 250 plus on the score board in each of the other games.”

Dickinson says the same can be said of the bowling unit which has seen the Marlborough side dismiss their last four opponents all out for less than a 100. “George (Fox) has led the line but again all members of the bowling attack have contributed at some point this season. Last week against Calne it was Ben (Head) who in the last couple of games prior to last week had hardly bowled this season but when called upon he responds with a 5 for. With all five of our main bowling line up in the top 25 wicket takers in the division we have a bowling attack that can compete with the best.”

Frost also believes that players in the side such as James Richardson and Peter Day with the bat and Dave West and Will Langton with the ball have all contributed well in support to the team performances this season and are all more than capable to stepping up to the mark when required and this he feels demonstrates the current depth of the Marlborough squad.

“We have some exciting young talents in our team and with both Dave and James (West and Richardson) for example being under 20 and with a number of young guys knocking on the door such as Paul Smith and Kevin Ridley from the 2’s we have a bright future ahead of us.”

Marlborough name a strong side for this week’s derby game at Great Bedwyn with the return of George Fox and Tom Jacques to the team following their absence last week.


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Cricket: Marlborough v Calne - Marlborough go top as Hurricane Head blows Calne away

Match Report

West Of England Premier League (Wilts Division)

Marlborough v Calne   30th May 2015

Marlborough 261-8:  Calne  78 all out

Marlborough won by 183 Runs

Match Sponsor:  Chris' Barbershop

Ben Head's Hat Trick CelebrationBen Head's Hat Trick CelebrationMarlborough’s Ben Head blew through the Calne batting line up on Saturday with a master class in spin bowling.  Head took 5 wickets in just 24 deliveries for only 9 runs in which he also secured his first league hat trick with his last 3 deliveries of the day to secure Marlborough a very comfortable 183 run win.

Marlborough having been put into bat by the visitors were 83 for 4 when Marlborough Captain Arran Dickinson joined debutant Will Thomas at the crease.  The pair slowly built on the Marlborough total with Thomas playing around Dickinson who despite Calne’s defensive field settings regularly found the boundary.

The pair had shared in a 133 run partnership and had taken the home side to 216 -5 when Dickinson was eventually dismissed for 88.  His innings had lasted for 76 balls and had included ten 4’s and three 6’s with the partnership putting Marlborough in a very strong position to secure their 4th successive win of the season.  Thomas secured his debut half century and was next to be dismissed but with the lower Marlborough batting order all playing for the cause Marlborough posted 261-8.

Calne in reply got off to a bad start with Tom Nott being trapped LBW by Brad Frost 2nd ball and with Glen Robinson’s dismissal 8 balls later when caught by Frost off Will Langton’s bowling the visitors found themselves 3 for 2.  Calne never recovered and with the dismissals of Sean Adams (21) and Matthew Richards (25) Calne were there for the taking.

Ben Head dismissed James Watson and Joseph Clare at the end of 17th over to set up his first hat trick opportunity which was thwarted by Richards on the first ball of Head’s next over.  Head however was to be rewarded 17 balls later with his first WEPL League hat trick when he dismissed Tom Crosby, Dale Goss and George Nott in the 23rd over to dismiss Calne for 78 and 183 runs short of the Marlborough total.  Head finished with 5 for 17 off his 6 overs and was the pick of the Marlborough bowlers who again produced a team performance with all of them taking a share in the wickets.

Marlborough Captain Arran Dickinson was delighted with the win and to find that his side now topped the Wiltshire Division following Trowbridge’s 83 run loss to Marshfield.

“It’s been another great all round team performance today which was built around some good individual performances.  The bowlers all responded well with the absence of George Fox and we always knew we had Ben (Head) up our sleeves.  I’m also very pleased for Will (Thomas) in getting a half century on debut which I know is well deserved for all the hard work he has put in since arriving at the club.  Going top this weekend is an added bonus but again is something I think we fully deserve based on our recent performances.”


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Cricket: This week - Saturday v. Calne (at home)

George FoxGeorge FoxMarlborough team spirit leads the way

Marlborough will be looking to extend their current winning run to four games this Saturday when they take on Calne at home.  Marlborough currently sit in 2nd place in the WEPL Wiltshire division ten points behind current leaders Trowbridge.

Marlborough will be looking to their bowlers to continue their current good form which has seen them bowl their opposition out for a 100 or less in their last three games. George Fox has been leading the bowling attack with 10 wickets so far this season and Marlborough coach Brad Frost say’s Fox has been bowling at the top of his game this season. Fox’s wickets have come at an average of less than 11 and with an economy rate of 2.79 runs an over.

“George has been unplayable at times this year and his success has encouraged the rest of the bowling unit to work well as a team.”  Frost himself has taken 8 wickets to date and with all five of Marlborough’s bowling attack in the division’s top 25 wicket takers for the season Frost believes this shows the quality of the bowling unit as a team.

Frost added:  “The fact that Ben Head has only bowled six overs in the last three games also says how well we have bowled with pace at the top of the innings.  Ben has been the main stay of the bowling for many a year at Marlborough and the fact that we have him in reserve at this point should worry a lot of teams in our division.”

Marlborough Captain Arran Dickinson also points out that the team’s success so far is not just down to the bowling unit as he believes the batting unit has worked just as well as a team with at least one of the top four scoring well in the games played so far.

“The batting unit have contributed all round this season with eight 50 plus partnerships in the games played so far.  The unit has batted well around the inform player and we have scored well when batting first. The team spirit around the team on and off the field is very good and everyone involved is very positive as to what we can achieve this year.”

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Cricket: Marlborough v Purton - Tale of two Georges as Marlborough demolish Purton

Penners (Penfold) being congratulated on his centuryPenners (Penfold) being congratulated on his centuryMatch Report

West Of England Premier League (Wilts Division)

Purton Vs Marlborough   23rd May 2015

Marlborough 249-5:  Purton  100 all out

Marlborough won by 149 Runs

George Penfold acknowledges his CenturyGeorge Penfold acknowledges his CenturyMarlborough having been put in to bat by their hosts lost Tom Jacques in the 6th over for 3 with the score on 11 and was replaced by Ben Head who with George Penfold put on a 74 run partnership before Head was caught off  Dale Bowler’s bowling for 37. Marlborough’s Captain Arran Dickinson joined Penfold at the wicket and the pair kept the score ticking over and had added another 48 runs to the total when Dickinson was run out in the 32nd over.

James Richardson and Penfold then continued to add to the scoreboard frustrating the Purton bowling attack and taking the score to 212 when Richardson was bowled by Adam Woolford for 38. With Penfold comfortably in control and closing in on his century Marlborough’s Brad Frost and Tom Palmer batted around Penfold and he secured his maiden league 100 in the 49th over. Penfold finished on 102 not out having carried his bat through out the innings facing 146 balls of which he scored eleven 4’s.

Purton in response never got to grips with the Marlborough strike pair of George Fox and Frost as they took apart the Purton batting. Fox was again on top form and struck in the 2nd and 4th overs dismissing Mark Gardner and Neil Little with only 10 on the scoreboard. Frost then joined in on the action with the dismissal of Tom Bowler for 1.  Purton then regularly lost wickets as Marlborough pressed home their advantage with Fox picking up two more wickets. Purton’s Zurain Quershi being the only batsman to show any real resistance top scoring with 30 before being bowled by Head.

Purton were finally bowled out for 100 in the 29th over 149 short of the Marlborough total. Fox finished with 4 for 27 off his 10 overs. A delighted Marlborough Captain said after the game.

“This was a big game for us today and I have no doubt a lot of teams will now be taking our title challenge very seriously. The George’s were outstanding today. Penners (Penfold) set us up fantastically and batted very well. The rest of the boys batted around him as the anchor and the team batted as a unit which is something we have worked on a lot this season. The bowlers did the same with Foxy (Fox) taking the lead but was ably backed up by the others. I’m delighted by the result and our all-round team performance. I am sure we can kick on from here with a real challenge on this year’s title.”

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