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Marlborough CC - 2015 Season

Marlborough looking for a return to form and winning ways this weekend at Calne

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Marlborough will hope to bring their 3 game losing run to an end this Saturday when they travel to Calne.  The Forest outfit will be bolstered by the return of inform batman Peter Day and Keeper batsman George Penfold.

Marlborough Captain Arran Dickinson is somewhat bewildered by his teams loss of form which has seen them drop to 3rd place in the table and all but end their title challenge for 2015.

“The spirit in the camp has been good and we have been doing nothing different in recent weeks in training that would explain our recent loss of form.  We have had some availability issues but nothing serious and we have had good quality guys come in for cover but we have played poorly in all departments since beating Westbury a month ago.”

With the return of Peter Day and George Penfold for this weekend’s game Marlborough will strengthen what has looked a fragile batting unit in recent weeks.  Day scored 48 and 55 in his last two outings and Penfold has bagged two centuries this season. Dickinson says however it’s not just been the loss of form on the batting front but also in the bowling and fielding.

“I think it’s fair to say it been our 1st innings performance in recent weeks and the pressure then put on us in the 2nd innings that has lost us the games.  At Marshfield and Devizes we bowled and fielded poorly and the batsmen didn’t knuckle down under pressure and they played some poor cricket.  Last week it was the other way round with the batsmen not really giving our bowlers much of a chance trying to defend a very low total and to get so close under the circumstances was a credit to them and hopefully is the turning of our fortune and belief.”

Dickinson added. “We need to be on the top of our game from ball one and this is something we have talked about this week.  I am sure we are just one win away from finding our form and being able to finish strongly and at least finish in the top 3 this season.”

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Cricket: Marlborough v Purton - Defeat sees title hopes slipping away

Match Report

West Of England Premier League (Wilts Division)

Match Sponsor:  The Marlborough

Marlborough v Purton  25th July 2015

Marlborough 95 all out;  Purton 96-8

Purton won by 2 wickets

 

Marlborough's best performer, Ben HeadMarlborough's best performer, Ben HeadMarlborough’s continued bad performance saw them slip to a third successive defeat in recent weeks with a 2 wicket loss at home to Purton last Saturday.  The loss brings an end to their title hopes all but mathematically as they now trail league leaders Trowbridge by 36 points.

Purton winning the toss asked Marlborough to bat first on a rain affected wicket and the home side got off to a difficult start with runs coming at a very high premium. Marlborough quickly lost the wickets of Ben Head (11), Mark Wingfield-Digby (6) and James Richardson (2) with only 44 on the scoreboard.

Marlborough’s Arran Dickinson looked well out of form and despite a 61 ball innings, in which he rode his luck being dropped four times, he could only manage a score of 25. With Dickinson’s dismissal and with the score on 64 Marlborough’s total collapse soon followed.

Marlborough were finally dismissed for 95 off 35 overs with only Kiwi Brad Frost being the only other batsman to reach double figures. All the Purton bowlers got in the wicket action with Tom Bowler and Patrick Whittaker leading the way with 4 for 17 and 3 for 17 respectively.

Marlborough’s bowling attack, defending a very poor total, went out all guns blazing with some very attacking fields and were rewarded quickly when strike bowlers Frost and George Fox dismissed Purton’s Sam Shelford (2), Deepak Ramani (9) and Daniel Booth-Howe for 0 with 33 on the scoreboard.

Purton’s Tom Bowler and Tom Whittaker then put on a 4th wicket partnership of 37, the highest in the game, to take Purton to 70 and looking to be coasting to a comfortable win when Whittaker was dismissed by Ben Head for 14.

Head in an outstanding spell followed up with his second hat trick of the season with the dismissal of David Allen, Lachlan Beggs and Sam Bull to leave Purton on 81 for 7 and wobbling on the verge of victory.  Marlborough’s hope of pulling off a sensational win increased when Head dismissed Bowler for 45 and with Purton still 10 runs short of victory.

Purton’s Captain Aaron Lee then calmed Purton’s nerves and saw them home in the 28th over with 2 boundaries without further loss to give Purton a fully deserved 2 wicket win.  Bowler scored seven 4’s and batted for 62 balls in what proved to be a match winning innings.  Head was the pick of the Marlborough bowlers with another sensational bowling performance finishing with 5 for 21 off his 9 over spell.

Marlborough Captain Arran Dickinson said after the game.  “It was very difficult to bat out there today as shown by both teams.  Tom (Bowler) coped better than most and has won them the game with his dogged innings. Ben (Head) just goes on and on.  He never gives up and to have collected his second five for and hat trick of the season in vein was very disappointing for him and the team.”

 

 

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Big changes at Marlborough with all still to play for with a vist to Purton this weekend

Captain Arran DickinsonCaptain Arran DickinsonMarlborough make five changes to the team that has suffered back to back losses to Marshfield and Devizes in recent weeks and seen their title challenge badly dented.

The Forest outfit currently sit in 3rd place in the WEPL Wiltshire Division 18 points adrift of league leaders Trowbridge and 10 behind 2nd placed Westbury with six games still to play.
Marlborough Captain Arran Dickinson knows there is still all to play for but another loss would no doubt end their title aspirations for this season.  “I still believe we can turn this back around and challenge for the title but a win on Saturday against Purton is now essential.

We are probably now the slight outsiders in a three horse race and we will need some results to go our way for us to win the title from here. However we probably have the easiest run in of the three teams and the game we have against Trowbridge will be a big game for us if we can get back to winning ways from now until then.  Trowbridge have not only to play us but also Westbury and Marshfield who are no easy opponents and Marshfield will have a big say and influence in the outcome of this season’s title.  Westbury have Marshfield and Trowbridge to play so there is still plenty of opportunities for the top two to slip up so we definitely still have all to play for.”

Marlborough have the return of Ben Head and Mike Bush for this week’s home game with Purton and also bring in opening bat Mark Wingfield-Digby and Keeper Archie Wheeler for their first games of the season for cover for the unavailable George Penfold. Seamer Will Langton also returns as Paul Smith and Dave West make way and return to the 2’s this week.

Dickinson added. “It’s good to have Ben and Mike back this week as it is a big game this weekend for both teams. A further loss for us would probably end our title challenge but a loss for Purton will put them in a real relegation battle so I have no doubt Arran Lee and his Purton boys will be up for this weekend’s game.”

 

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Big changes at Marlborough with all still to play for with a vist to Purton this weekend (2)

Captain Arran DickinsonCaptain Arran DickinsonMarlborough make five changes to the team that has suffered back to back losses to Marshfield and Devizes in recent weeks and seen their title challenge badly dented.

The Forest outfit currently sit in 3rd place in the WEPL Wiltshire Division 18 points adrift of league leaders Trowbridge and 10 behind 2nd placed Westbury with six games still to play.
Marlborough Captain Arran Dickinson knows there is still all to play for but another loss would no doubt end their title aspirations for this season.  “I still believe we can turn this back around and challenge for the title but a win on Saturday against Purton is now essential.

We are probably now the slight outsiders in a three horse race and we will need some results to go our way for us to win the title from here. However we probably have the easiest run in of the three teams and the game we have against Trowbridge will be a big game for us if we can get back to winning ways from now until then.  Trowbridge have not only to play us but also Westbury and Marshfield who are no easy opponents and Marshfield will have a big say and influence in the outcome of this season’s title.  Westbury have Marshfield and Trowbridge to play so there is still plenty of opportunities for the top two to slip up so we definitely still have all to play for.”

Marlborough have the return of Ben Head and Mike Bush for this week’s home game with Purton and also bring in opening bat Mark Wingfield-Digby and Keeper Archie Wheeler for their first games of the season for cover for the unavailable George Penfold. Seamer Will Langton also returns as Paul Smith and Dave West make way and return to the 2’s this week.

Dickinson added. “It’s good to have Ben and Mike back this week as it is a big game this weekend for both teams. A further loss for us would probably end our title challenge but a loss for Purton will put them in a real relegation battle so I have no doubt Arran Lee and his Purton boys will be up for this weekend’s game.”

 

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Cricket: Devizes v Marlborough - Wookey puts Marlborough in a hole

Match Report

West Of England Premier League (Wilts Division)

Devizes v Marlborough   18th July 2015

Devizes 283 - 8;   Marlborough 214 all out

Devizes won by 69 runs

 

Marlborough's man-of-the-match Brad FrostMarlborough's man-of-the-match Brad FrostAnother all round poor Marlborough team performance saw the Forest outfit succumb to their second successive defeat at Devizes on Saturday.  The result sees Marlborough slip to 3rd place in the Wiltshire table as both of their title challengers Westbury and Trowbridge both won.

Marlborough having lost the toss were put in to the field and were very quickly under the Devizes cosh.  Devizes Captain Joe Wookey opening with Tom Grant both scored freely off some poor short length bowling from Marlborough and had taken the score to 34 when Grant was superbly caught by Peter Day in the slips off Dave West’s bowling.  The Marlborough success was short lived as Wookey with the incoming Tom Shaw proceeded to dispatch the Marlborough attack to all points of the ground.

The pair took the score to 163 with their 129 run partnership before Wookey was eventually dismissed for 60.  Any hopes that Marlborough had that with the partnership broken they would be able to reel Devizes back in was short lived as new batsman Tim Saye, first with Shaw and then with the support of the Devizes low middle order, continued in the same fashion and plundered a further 120 runs to take Devizes to 283 at the close of their Innings.

Wookey’s 60 came off 84 balls, Shaw’s 78 off 99 and Saye’s 64 off 49.  Devizes knocked 33 boundaries off the Marlborough’s well below par bowling attack with Saye scoring 10 of them including four 6’s in his explosive innings.  Marlborough’s Brad Frost ended with 4 for 54 and some resemblance of respectability as did Fraser Gordon and his 1 for 36 off his 10 overs.

Marlborough in reply were again quickly shown how badly they had bowled as the Devizes attack bowled a tight line and length and restricted the Marlborough batsmen George Penfold and Gordon allowing them only 13 runs before Penfold was dismissed in the 6th over by Tom Grant.

Marlborough’s situation got no better when Gordon was dismissed 3 overs later with only 3 more runs added to the Scoreboard and with Marlborough way behind the run rate the Marlborough batting succumbed to some very lazy poor shots as they tried to pick up the run rate.  Only Peter Day who finished with 55 off 103 balls batted with any determination as wickets fell around him at the other end. James Richardson was next to depart for 0 then Arran Dickinson (4), Ben Lambert (3), George Fox (8), Joe Arkwright (9) and finally Day for 55 as Marlborough collapsed to 120 for 8.

Marlborough playing for batting points only at this stage had a slight recovery as Frost then blasted 59 off 40 balls and in a partnership with Dave West (32) for the 9th wicket they added a further 94 to the total.  Marlborough ended 69 runs short when they were dismissed for 214.

Marlborough Captain Arran Dickinson said after the game that it was a very bad result for his side which has seriously knocked their title challenge.

“Devizes batted and bowled very well and all credit to Tom (Wookey) and his lads for a very well deserved win.  We on the other hand played very poorly and we will need to put this right very quickly if we are to rescue a title challenge from here. We are not out of it yet but I think it’s fair to say we are now the outsiders of the three.

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Cricket: Marshfield v Marlborough - Marshfield dent Marlborough title drive

Match Report

West Of England Premier League (Wilts Division)

Marshfield v Marlborough   11th July 2015

Marshfield 246 all out;   Marlborough 224 all out

Marshfield won by 22 runs

 

Fraser Gordon who bowled a very respectful 10 overs for 44Fraser Gordon who bowled a very respectful 10 overs for 44A poor Marlborough team performance on Saturday saw the Forest outfit lose at Marshfield by 22 runs.  The defeat means that Marlborough also surrendered the current lead of the WEPL Wiltshire Division to Trowbridge. Marlborough just hold on to second place over Westbury but with only 7 points separating the top 3 there is all still to play for.

Marshfield having won the toss decided to bat first on what appeared to be a very good batting track. Marlborough strike bowlers George Fox and Brad Frost kept the Marshfield openers in check with only 21 runs coming off the first 10 overs.

Marshfield continued to build on their steady start and had taken the score to 45 when Alistair Christie was bizarrely run out by Arran Dickinson.

Marlborough then looked to be in the ascendance two overs later when Will Pascal was caught by Pete Day off Fox’s bowling for 44 with the scoreboard on 74 and when Will Johnson departed in the over before drinks off Ben Head’s bowling Marlborough seemed to be in control of events.

Marshfield however after the drinks break slowly asserted themselves over the Marlborough bowlers and James Williams soon started to play some expansive shoots off a below par Marlborough bowling attack which saw Dave West and Paul Smith smashed for 89 runs off 8 overs with Williams being the chief beneficiary.  Williams first with Dave Jenkins and then Jeremy Bond added 122 to the score before Williams was caught by Brad Frost for 75.  Williams’ explosive innings had come from just 53 balls and included six 4’s and six 6’s with Williams being well supported by Bond scoring 40 off 34 balls.

Marlborough then rescued the situation to some degree by then bowling out Marshfield for 246 when they took the last 3 wickets for 25 runs thanks very much too some tight bowling from Mike Bush and Frost.

Marlborough got off to a steady start in reply and were up with the run rate and looking comfortable with the score on 94 for the loss of one wicket by the 20th over.  George Penfold and Day had put on a partnership off 65 when Penfold was dismissed for 40 and Marlborough then seemed to lose their way slowly falling behind the run rate and adding just 34 to the score off the next 10 overs.

With scoreboard pressure Dickinson and Day then added a further 39 runs before Day perished for 48 with Dickinson following him back to the pavilion 9 balls later for 29.  Marlborough then despite a 50 run partnership between Bush and Frost never really threatened the Marshfield total from that point and eventually capitulated at the end with the loss of 4 wickets for just 14 runs to end on 224, 22 runs short of victory.

Marlborough Coach Tony Dickinson said after the game that it was a very disappointing team performance and result.

“We got from the game what we probably deserved as we didn’t bowl or bat well today as a unit and no one really stood up and took responsibility when needed.  We had six batsmen that got themselves in but didn’t go on to win the game for us and that on top of our poor bowling after the drinks break and some outstanding batting by James (Williams) has cost us dearly today.  We will work very hard this week to put things right and I have no doubt we will be ready and will bounce back well at Devizes.”

 

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