Cricket: Marlborough v Calne - Marlborough 1st XI get first win of 2016
West Of England Premier League (Wilts Division)
Marlborough v Calne 14 May 2016
Marlborough 220-5; Calne 66 all out
Marlborough won by 154 runs
Marlborough 1st XI hosted Calne in their first home league match of the 2016 season.
The Savernake ground was looking magnificent against the beautiful backdrop of the forest, with the two teams ready to go head to head in a match kindly sponsored by The Bell at Ramsbury. Both sides were looking for their first victory of the season.
Marlborough won the toss and without hesitation, elected to bat. However, they were under early pressure as the Calne opening attack consisted of pace from overseas player Johnston, and spin from the ever reliable Adams. The two bowlers put good pressure on Marlborough and Johnston took the wicket of Clark with the score on 20-1.
This brought Marlborough’s overseas player Bob Homani to the crease, who was the star performer last week. The robust and confident right handed batsmen looked effortless at the crease and immediately made a positive impact on the Marlborough innings. Club stalwart, Nick Crabbe put on 82 for the second wicket with Homani and this laid the platform for the South African to go on and score heavily. Homani (who had now passed his fifty) was joined by the hardworking and consistent Pete Day who scored a highly effective 31.
Boundaries did not come easily to either player and they both had to work hard for their runs in a partnership of 74. Calne’s fielding performance was exemplary and they saved a huge number of runs in the field. After Day fell in the 43rd over, the platform was set for the ‘jet setting’ Dickinson who was making his debut for the season, having flown in from Florida that week. Homani scored his first hundred of the year, ending on 119 not out with Marlborough on a steady 220-5 after 50 overs.
After tea, the team talk was simple; the aim being to build pressure and take positives from last week’s bowling performance.
Marlborough captain, George Fox, and Mohan Balusa opened the bowling and were immediately putting pressure on the same two Calne players who opened the bowling for the visitors; Johnston and Adams. In the fifth over Fox struck with a perfectly channelled, away-swinging delivery which drew Johnston into a drive and was caught by Dickinson at second slip. Calne appeared to struggle with the Marlborough bowling attack, going hard at the ball early in their innings. The ‘champagne’ moment of the day went to Will Langton who took a brilliant diving right handed catch at silly mid-off to dismiss Richards.
Balusa and Fox bowled well in tandem with Fox picking up 5-38 as Calne lost wickets at regular intervals. Marlborough’s all-time leading wicket taker, Ben Head, (who had passed 500 wickets last week) came on to bowl and instantly started applying pressure to the crumbling Calne innings. Langton took over from Fox and was also straight into the scorebook.
Calne were dismissed for just 66 inside 26 overs and this has given Marlborough great confidence going forward to their next game away at Malmesbury.
It cannot go without mentioning that the ‘spirit of cricket’ was truly alive on Saturday and both teams played the game in very good heart. Marlborough and Calne have had a long running cricketing history and discussions have already begun to bring back the Calne Cup match, which has not been played for a number of years.
Marlborough look forward to seeing Calne in the return league fixture on the 16th July.