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Marlborough CC - 2015 Season

Cricket: Marlborough v Devizes - Marlborough just edge home in close-run match

Back L-R  James Richardson, Peter Day, Tom Palmer, George Fox, Tom Jacques, Ben Head, Dave West;  Front L-R  Tony Dickinson, George Penfold, Arran Dickinson, Simon Wells, Brad Frost, Will Langton, Martin SmithersBack L-R James Richardson, Peter Day, Tom Palmer, George Fox, Tom Jacques, Ben Head, Dave West; Front L-R Tony Dickinson, George Penfold, Arran Dickinson, Simon Wells, Brad Frost, Will Langton, Martin SmithersMatch Report

West Of England Premier League (Wilts Division)

Marlborough Vs Devizes    16th May 2015

Devizes  86 all out:  Marlborough  87 - 9

Marlborough won by 1 Wicket

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Marlborough won a low scoring encounter with their local rivals Devizes on Saturday by the narrowest of margins of 1 wicket.

Devizes having won the toss elected to bat but found the Marlborough strike bowling attack of Brad Frost and George Fox difficult to score from.  Jacob Stoner was dismissed by Fox in the 7th over having scored 11 with the Devizes total on 15 following some very tight bowling from the Marlborough pair.

Devizes had only added a further 2 to the total when Joe Wookey was caught also off the bowling of Fox for 1.  Wookey’s innings had lasted for 28 balls which clearly showed the accuracy of the Marlborough bowling attack.

Fox in full flow bowled straight through his allotted overs but not before dismissing Tom Grant and Tim Saye to leave Devizes on 46 for 4 after 20 overs.  Fox finished the day with 4 for 8 off his 10 overs with 5 of them being maidens.

Any hope’s that the Devizes batsmen held that things would improve with the removal of Fox from the attack was short lived as Will Langton soon picked up the attack for Marlborough when he dismissed Tom Andrew and Johnathan Skull in the 22nd over.

Langton then had Steve Chapman trapped LBW in the next over with the Devizes score on 53.

Devizes’ Tom Pike continued to show resilience despite watching five wickets tumbling at the other end during his 45 ball innings and was the last man out for 22 when he was stumped by George Penfold off the bowling of Ben Head with the last ball of the 32nd with the score on 86.

Marlborough in reply got off to a steady start with Tom Palmer taking control and they seemed to be coasting to a comfortable win at 57 for the loss of 2 when the Marlborough collapse begun.

New Marlborough Captain Arran Dickinson was the first depart for 6 and then Marlborough lost their next 6 wickets for just 29 runs. Palmer completed his 50 but was dismissed 5 runs short of victory but with 3 wickets in hand.

With the pressure building Marlborough then lost Fox and Head in quick succession and with the scores tied Langton and Dave West scampered for a close run single to secure the 1 wicket victory. Saye was the pick of the Devizes bowlers collecting 4 wickets within 29 balls for just 9 runs.

Marlborough Captain Arran Dickinson said after the game:  “I’m very relieved to have got off to a winning start today in a game we could easily have thrown away.  Our bowlers were on top form again but with the exception of Tom (Palmer) we have batted very poorly chasing a low score and this is something we need to learn from for the future.”

Marlborough enjoyed a successful weekend all round as all of their senior teams secured victories.  

The 2nds won at Chippenham by 26 runs with Paul Smith scoring 87 not out with the bat and Will Thomas leading the way with the ball with 3 for 27.

The 3rds made it a full house with a 100 run win at home to Marshfield.  Rob Attkinson top scored for Marlborough with 124 and Andy Rawlings and Harry Gleen doing the destruction with ball both taking 3 wickets a piece.



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Dickinson takes the helm as Marlborough’s new Captain

New Caotain Arran Dickinson acknowledging his recent century against WestburyNew Caotain Arran Dickinson acknowledging his recent century against WestburyMarlborough’s 2015 league campaign took an unexpected turn this week as Tom Jacques announced he will unfortunately be standing down as 1st team captain with immediate effect.

Jacques, who has been with the club since the start of the 2014 season has been a tremendous asset to the club both as a player and captain.  Unfortunately due to work relocation he will be returning to his home in Lancashire.

Club Chairman Simon Wells said.  “In the short time Tom has been at Marlborough he has made a tremendous contribution to the development of the club both on and off the field.  On behalf of everyone at Marlborough Cricket Club I would like to thank him for all the hard work he has done and wish him the very best of luck for the future.”

Wells then turning to Jacques’ replacement said.  “I am very pleased to announce that Arran Dickinson has agreed to take over the 1st team captaincy.  Arran, who scored a superb hundred against Westbury in the first league match of the season just weeks after his return to the club, and will be looking to build on the strong foundations already laid down by Tom and overseas vice-captain, Bradley Frost.  I would like to wish Arran every success in his new position and look forward to seeing the whole club and team rally behind him.”

Marlborough entertain Devizes at home this Saturday in an early season’s top of the table clash as the divisions 3rd and 4th placed teams go head to head.  Marlborough name an unchanged team from the one that secured a 139 run win against Marshfield last weekend.

Dickinson ahead of the game thinks this week’s game will be a stern test for his side and a good win would firmly set out Marlborough’s intent for the season and their title aspirations.  “I know we have the players this year to be very successful and I hope with the team’s support we can take this club to a higher level of cricket in the coming years.”

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Cricket: Marlborough v. Marshfield: Marlborough up and running with a 139 run win as Palmer and Frost lead the way

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Marlborough Vs Marshfield    9th May 2015

Marlborough  222 - 7  Marshfield  83 all out
Marlborough won by 139 Runs

Marlborough got their 2015 title challenge up and running with a convincing 139 run win at home to fellow title hopefuls Marshfield on Saturday.

Marlborough after being put into bat by the visitors got off to a good solid start with Tom Palmer and Marlborough Captain Tom Jacques at the crease.  The pair dealt comfortably with the Marshfield bowling attack and on a difficult and unpredictable wicket.  The pair had taken the score to 71 when Jacques was dismissed for 26 in the 19th over. Marlborough then lost James Richardson three overs later with only 9 more runs having been added to the total.

Marlborough’s middle order then dug deep with Palmer and Arran Dickinson sharing in a fifty plus partnership which saw Palmer secure his half century before Dickinson was bowled by a ball from Tom Clist that kept very low for 25.  Palmer then shared in another partnership of just short of 50 with Pete Day before being stumped for 84. Palmer’s innings lasted for 143 balls and included seven 4’s and one huge maximum.

Brad FrostBrad FrostWith the score on 179 and with only 5 overs left Day and the incoming Kiwi Brad Frost then pushed down the accelerator quickly adding 36 runs off 21 balls.  Day was next to go hitting out for quick runs for 35 and Frost followed 8 balls later for 19 also to a ball keeping very low as he looked to find the boundary.  Marlborough closed on 222 off their 50 overs.

Marshfield never got to grips with the Marlborough pace attack of Frost and George Fox and the strike pair were very quick to break through when Callum Burnstone was trapped LBW by Frost for 0 in the 2nd Over.  Fox then dismissed William Pascall five overs later and when Jeremy Bond was bowled by Frost in the 12th over for 24 the Marshfield resistance fell away.  Wickets then fell on a regular basis until Marshfield’s demise was complete in the 27th over with only 83 runs on the board and well short of the Marlborough total.

Frost finished with 4 for 22 off his 10 overs and Fox 2 for 30 off his 10.  Dave West also picked up 3 for 11 as the Marlborough bowlers showed their dominance over the Marshfield batting line up.

Frost, Marlborough’s overseas all-rounder and coach said after the game.  “It was a great team performance by us today.  The batsmen showed great resilience in difficult conditions and we built a good score around Tom’s (Palmer) gritty innings.  I think the pace bowling unit then put the pressure on the Marshfield batsman to a great degree and we received the rewards for our efforts.  All in all I’m very pleased with the result and I think we got what we firmly deserved from the today’s game.”

Marlborough 2’s also enjoyed a very good day at Gloucester AIW Sports.  The hosts set Marlborough a target of 235 to win the game which they did when Avinash Dhavala hit a 6 to win the game with only an over to spare.  Kevin Ridley stared with 4 for 20 with the ball and 64 with the bat.  Will Thomas also contributed 60 with the bat as well as Dhavala with an unbeaten 32.


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Cricket Preview - Marlborough v Marshfield - Saturday 9 May

Marlborough aim to bounce back quickly

Marlborough entertain Marshfield at the Savernake Forest ground this Saturday and will be looking for their first win of the season following the narrow defeat at Westbury last weekend.

First team coaches Brad Frost and Tony Dickinson are not too down hearted at last week’s loss.  Frost thinks there was plenty of positive things to take away from the defeat.

“We recovered from a terrible start.  To find ourselves 2 for 2 in the second over could have led to a complete collapse in our opening game but Tom and Arran (Jacques and Dickinson) batted with great determination and responsibility and once they had rebuilt the innings the rest of the batsmen batted around Arran and we posted a very respectable total.  I think we need to be a bit sharper on the bowling front and may need to be a little quicker to respond to events on the field but overall I thought it was not a bad performance by the team as a whole.”

The fixture list has not been the kindest to Marlborough which sees them play Westbury, Marshfield and Purton in the opening 4 weeks.  Dickinson thinks it could hardly have been a harder start for the Forest outfit.

“I have no doubt Westbury are the title favourites this year and to start away from home to them was not an easy task.  To have Marshfield second up, albeit at home followed by an away trip to Purton in a fortnight’s time both of them being title contenders, is a very difficult start but I am confident that we can bounce back with a win this weekend.”

Marlborough name a full strength side for this weekend’s game with the return of opening batsman Tom Palmer who recently scored 153 in a preseason game but was unavailable for the season’s opener.  George Penfold will also return from university this week to reclaim the gloves from last week’s stand in Joe Arkwright.

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Dickinson’s century on return just not enough as Marlborough fall short at Westbury

Match Report:   West Of  England Premier League (Wilts Division)

Westbury Vs Marlborough     2nd May 2015

Marlborough 257 all out;   Westbury 258 - 7

Westbury won by 3 Wickets

Arran Dickinson, acknowledging his fine century at WestburyArran Dickinson, acknowledging his fine century at WestburyMarlborough travelled to hot pre-season favourites Westbury in their opening game of the WEPL Wiltshire Division season and lost by 3 wickets in a close hard fought encounter.

Marlborough losing the toss were put into bat by their hosts and couldn’t have got off to a worse start with the loss of Rob Atkinson and James Richardson both to Andy Carroll in the 2nd over for 0 and with only 2 on the scoreboard.

Arran Dickinson joined Marlborough Captain Tom Jacques at the wicket and the pair set about rebuilding the Marlborough innings in the onslaught of the Westbury pace attack of Alex Senneck and Carroll.  The Marlborough batsmen weathered the storm and took the score to 84 with an 82 run partnership before Jacques departed for 32 just before the drinks break.

Pete Day replaced Jacques and he and Dickinson had added a further 79 runs to the score when Day was caught and bowled by Ronald Defraitas for 24 in the 40th over.  Dickinson batting freely continued to turn the scoreboard over with the incoming Brad Frost and they added another 55 runs to the total before Dickinson was bowled for 128 in the 46th over with the score on 220. Dickinson’s innings on his return to the club he left in 2011 included twenty 4’s and came off 125 balls.  Marlborough’s lower order and tail were then dismissed over the next 4 overs but not before adding 37 runs to the score.  

Westbury in reply got off to a steady start and they had taken the score to 32 before Dan Gill was run out by Jacques in the 8th over.  Westbury continued to bat steadily and with Marlborough keeping a grip of the run rate the game was finely balanced at the drinks interval with Westbury on 116 for 3.
Lydon Gibbons who was on 55 at the break then decided to take control of the situation and dominated the Marlborough attack and within the next 10 overs he put Westbury very much into the driving seat.  Westbury added 72 runs for the loss of only one wicket and Marlborough were on the back foot.  Gibbons was eventually bowled for 127 in the 37th over by Ben Head but with the score on 199 the damage had been done.  Gibbons innings had lasted for 86 balls and included nineteen 4’s and four 6’s.

As Westbury closed in on the win Marlborough kept to task but with little success and Westbury acquired the runs required over the next nine overs to secure victory at the end of the 46th over.

Marlborough Captain Jacques said after the game: “I think it’s fair to say that we’ve come to Westbury and competed with a team that will be there or thereabout’s at the end of the season and we should be pleased with the performance we have given today.  We have seen two centuries today with Arran (Dickinson) producing a quality firm innings which got us out of a fair bit of trouble at the start and then another one by Gibbons which was completely different in style and won Westbury the game.”

Marlborough 2’s had a comfortable win at home with an 87 run win against Hatherley and Reddings.  Kevin Ridley top scored with an unbeaten 95 as Marlborough posted 264.  The Marlborough bowling attack then dismissed the visitors for 177 with Paul Smith picking up 3 wickets for 40.

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All round team performance sets up Marlborough for season start

Marlborough’s first team entertained Royal Wootton Basset on Saturday in their final pre-season game. Marlborough produced a solid all round performance before the rain curtailed the game after 25 overs of the 2nd innings.

Tom Jacques won the toss and on what looked a soft, sticky wicket invited the visitors to bat first.  RWB got off to a very steady start, despite the loss of their first wicket with the score on 19 when Dave West ran out Jack Twine in the 5th over.

Sam Lawro and Darren Beasant then shared in a 79 partnership and took the score to 92 before Beasant was caught by Pete Day off Ben Head’s bowling for 25.  Lawro followed 18 runs later for a very impressive 65 of 72 balls, before being caught by Arran Dickinson off West’s bowling in the 22nd over.

The visitors then lost wickets on a regular basis due to some fine fielding by Marlborough, which saw them snap up 7 catches on the day with RWB closing on 171 for 8 after their 50 overs.  Again, for the second week running, the bowlers shared in the wickets with Brad Frost, Tom Jacques and Head all collecting a pair each.

In response Marlborough got off to a bad start, with the loss of Nick Crabbe in the 2nd over for 1 when he was bowled by Akash Sharma.  Jacques and the incoming James Richardson then added 37 together before Sharma collected his second wicket of the day by bowling Richardson for 18.

With the weather deteriorating steadily Jacques and Dickinson had added a further 27 when Jacques was bowled by Ian Lancaster for 30.  Dickinson departed soon after for 13, before Day and Frost both 25 not out, saw the home side to 126 when the game was finally lost to the rain. Marlborough at the close were comfortably in front of the RWB run rate and would have won the game by 40 runs if it had been a league game.

Marlborough Captain Tom Jacques said after the game. “I think we performed very well today as a team. We produced a good all round performance, especially in the field in the first innings. I thought our commitment and effort today was first class and one the boys should be very proud of.” Jacques also went on to thank RWB for their efforts for persevering in the field in the second innings when the weather conditions were not helpful.

Marlborough 2’s were also in a very strong position when their game was also lost to the weather after the 10th over of the second innings. Marlborough had set a highly respectful 265 for 6 declared off 39 overs with Tom Palmer top scoring with 153 not out. His innings included 19 fours and 5 sixes.

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