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Third XI Chalk up a Second Win

Shrewton thirds were due to host Redlynch at the Rec but due to a home draw in the National Village cup an alternative venue had to be sourced for our "home" match. Dinton very kindly were able to provide a track for us to play on and with a nervous eye on the sky both teams met at Dinton's recreation ground. Shrewton's team contained the usual mix of the young and not so young, Shrewton fielding first with the new normal ECB hygiene rules being observed. No less than 4 young ladies took part in the patch with 3 on the Redlynch team one with The Shrews.

Youth led the way with the skipper handing the new cherry to Will Holtby from the playground end with Tom Plank taking the pavilion end. Holtby had the bit between his teeth from the off and struck with only his third ball dismissing Redlynch's opener caught and bowled. The next Redlynch wicket fell in the 4th over with Plank joining the party with young Charlie Murphy taking a good catch to have Redlynch at 7 for 2. Holtby and Plank bowled good lines taking advantage of the decent bounce on the Dinton track, Holtby striking again in the 7th with Nicholson taking a catch moving (slowly) round from mid off to cover. The score now 9 for 3 after 7 overs. Such was the quality of the opening bowling pair that at the end of their respective 6 over spells Redlynch had been restricted to 37 for 3.

Charlie Murphy took over from Holtby and Jim Nicholson took over from Plank with both first change bowlers bowling out their allotment of 8 overs in a single spell. Charlie bowling leg spin and bowls some absolute gems getting bounce and turn from the pitch. From Charlie's bowling the ball squirted down to Phil Wood who threw in for a direct hit running out the next Redlynch batsman to depart. Nicholson also took a wicket bowling Redlynch's number 3 who had got in and had got up to 31. The fall of these wickets had moved Redlynch onto 65 for 5 after 21 overs. Redlynch dug in and didn't lose any more wickets until the 33rd over. After a brief spell of 2 overs from Lucy Nicholson Matt Murphy bowled from the playground end with Kenny Mundy bowling from the pavilion end.

Matt Murphy's extremely stingy bowling helped keep the pressure on Redlynch and Matt was rewarded with a wicket, with the batsman dismissed caught and bowled. Mundy was also successful taking 3 wickets with one bowled and two caught by Joe Wood. The highlight being Wood's catch at cover that was drilled at him, fortunately the ball went straight into the hand otherwise would have been a certain boundary. Redlynch were all out with the first ball of the last over. The spirit of cricket shone through with the last standing Redlynch batswoman who had only faced a single delivery, completed the remaining balls of the innings Redlynch set Shrewton a total of 154 to win.

After a quick lunch break Shrewton began the reply, as usual The Shrews were flush with bowlers and the skipper, Robinson took one for the team and opened the batting with Joe Wood. Robinson was the first to fall however bowled by Cobern for 2 in the 3rd over. Matt Murphy came in and made 1 before departing, being caught off Cobern's bowling. Phil Wood joining Joe at the crease. The partnership only lasted 3 overs with Joe being bowled by A Boardman, making 14 runs. The Shrews were on a slightly worrying 21-3 after 8. Despite the low total there was hope for the Shrews in that Redlynch were 12-3 at the same point. Charlie Murphy joined Phil Wood in the middle and formed a partnership of 36 before Phil Wood was also bowled by A Boardman making 19 towards the total. Will Holtby was in at 6 joining Charlie at the crease.

Charlie and Will upped the tempo with The Shrews moving from 57 for 4 after 18 overs to 82 for 5 in the 22nd over. Charlie Murphy was bowled by young off spinner Elliott Boardman who was playing only his second game of adult cricket. Murphy making a fine 31. Jim Nicholson came in next and left on a golden duck with Elliott Boardman bowling a very grumpy Nicholson first ball and setting up a hattrick chance. Kenny Mundy was next and survived the same fate. To his credit Elliott Boardman completed a double wicket maiden from the over. Kenny Mundy and Will Holtby settled down and settled the ship seeing Shrewton home with Will getting very close to a half century, 42 not out and Kenny utilising the area of third man knocking the majority of his 34 not out into that area of the field. Shrewon got to their target of 154 in the 33rd over. George Plank, Tom Plank and Lucy Nicholson not needing to bat.

As usual the spirit of cricket was alive and kicking with plenty of young players on both sides getting the experience of adult cricket in a good atmosphere. Next week Shrewton 3rds will travel to Great Durnford which will certainly be a good test for the side.

Team; A Robinson (C) (Wk), J Wood, P Wood, C Murphy, M Murphy, T Plank, G Plank, K Mundy, W Holtby, L Nicholson, J Nicholson


overs maidens runs/wickets

W Holtby 6 1 21 - 2

T Plank 6 2 16 - 1

C Murphy 8 0 48 - 0

J Nicholson 8 2 22 - 1

L Nicholson 2 0 18 - 0

K Mundy 5.1 0 17 - 3

M Murphy 4 2 9 - 2


A Robinson 2

J Wood 14

M Murphy 1

P Wood 19

C Murphy 31

W Holtby 42no

J Nicholson 0

K Mundy 34no

G Plank DNB

T Plank DNB

L Nicholson DNB

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