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Marlborough CC - 2016 Season

Cricket: Marlborough v Westbury & District - ‘Wickets in hand’ wins you matches

Match Report

West Of England Premier League (Wilts Division)

Marlborough v Westbury & District   28 May 2016

Marlborough 199-9;   Westbury 208-2

Westbury won by 9 runs

 

Marlborough hosted Westbury & District on Saturday 28 th May. The day was set fair with some humidity in the air and again, credit goes to the ground staff for presenting an immaculate picture at Savernake, this match day being kindly sponsored by C J Goddard ltd.

Westbury won the toss and elected to bat first, both openers Mills and McDonald batted very patiently, keeping the accurate bowling attack of Fox and Balusa at bay.

The Marlborough bowling attack bowled well, keeping the scoring rate down, and although wickets were not forthcoming the team fielded tightly. Mills was finally bowled by Smith for 48 having been part of an opening partnership of 99. McDonald passed his fifty and was joined by overseas player Gibbs who picked the scoring rate up a little and he duly scored 55 whilst McDonald made 83 before being caught by Langton, who is gaining a reputation for making some very sharp catches in the extra cover region. Westbury completed their 50 overs with the score on 208-2 with both sides feeling that they had not done quite enough to put themselves in a strong position to win the game.

Marlborough felt that if they could get off to a good start then they would be in a winning position in this game. Langton and Dickinson played the bowling of Carroll & Senneck well and with a mini-partnership forming things looked to be settling nicely.

Unfortunately both openers son fell in successive overs and the score was now 20-2. Overseas Homani came to the crease but he was unable to maintain partners regularly.

However, there was one notable reprieve when Richardson joined Homani at the crease and a very mature and sensible partnership began to form. They ran well and found vital boundaries and together put on 90 for the fourth wicket. Richardson looked composed and we hope he can now really continue to make good progress and build on his successes from last year. Unfortunately, when Richardson was out Homani was unable to steer the team home as the much needed partnerships did not appear, the South African finishing on 110 not out.

Westbury ended up winning the match with Marlborough struggling on 199-9 falling 9 runs short. Homani is proving a worthy asset to the Marlborough batting line up having scored in successive games. Marlborough need to look at the scorecard and one stand out fact is that there were six bowled and three LBW decisions. Are the right shots being selected by the home team? We shall find out more next week as Marlborough visit Purton.

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Cricket: Malmesbury v Marlborough - Marlborough runs ruined by rain

Match Report

West Of England Premier League (Wilts Division)

Malmesbury v Marlborough   21 May 2016

Match abandoned due to rain

 

Marlborough 1st XI travelled to Malmesbury on a heavily overcast day.

When they got there it was clear the home groundsman had worked hard to keep the fixture on, with the wicket looking immaculate. Marlborough lost the toss and were inserted.

The wicket proved to be batsmen friendly and the opening pair got off to a good start before Nick Crabbe was trapped LBW for 16. With the ball getting wetter from the amount of boundaries being hit, and Aaron Dickinson going well, the inform Bob Homani came to the crease.

Frustratingly, Dickinson picked out the only man in the deep out as he tried to dispatch a rank full toss. P ete Day, who usually thrives in this situation, was caught behind for 4, which brought Harrison Painter to join Homani and the runs began to flow again.

Just as Painter got himself settled and was playing some really good shots, the cricketing Gods changed their minds on the day’s intentions and the umpires cautiously (and much to the relief of the fielding team) took the players off.

After an early tea neither side returned to the field and the game was abandoned.

A disappointing end to the game but positive signs that the Marlborough batsmen are finding some good form as look forward to welcoming Westbury to the Savernake Forest ground next week.

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Cricket: Marlborough v Calne - Marlborough 1st XI get first win of 2016

Match Report

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.

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