Broomfield 1st v Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club FIRST XI on Sat 31 Aug 2013 at 1.00pm
Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club Won by 30 runs

Match report And so, the curtain has closed for the final time on the 2013 season. As our resident thespian Dame Nelly would say, always leave them wanting more. A 30 run win over fourth placed Broomfield demonstrated what could be achieved, and if only those narrow defeats had been converted into wins a little earlier in the season, surely the haven of mid table safety would have been found.

The stars of the show at Broomfield were the youngest Woodies, Stephen Richardson scoring an excellent 78, whilst Connor Hayman achieved a career best 7-38 with the ball, much deserved for the efforts throughout the season. A supporting cast of Neil Smith (29), Andrew Brown (22) and our old friend Eddie Extra, propelled the target above 200 – 212 to win.

Taking an early wicket always helps, and when it is the first ball it’s an added bonus. 0-1 became 7-2 - game on. Whilst many of the home side’s batting line up got in, they were not allowed to score big. Tom ‘Grandad’ Payne got in the action and took some deserved wickets, (3-57) but the return of Hayman, who claimed three wickets in an over, ultimately tipped the game in Woodies favour. Despite some big hitting from no 10 Pyne (37no) to add to his earlier 5 wicket haul, it was fitting that with his penultimate ball ‘Cheesy’ took the final wicket – his 7th of the match and 39th overall in the league - to secure a deserved win.

They say the table never lies, but it does not tell the whole truth. An aberration against Tillingham and defeat from the excellent Hornchurch Athletic aside, every game was hard fought and keenly contested, with all matches going to the wire, sometimes by the smallest of margins. A one wicket defeat at third placed Springfield, who were also reduced to 5-5 in the earlier league fixture, a two wicket defeat at Tillingham and a four run defeat by Rayleigh the closest of contests. Such fine margins show just what might have been.

New players that have joined the club have bedded in well, and have been welcome additions both on and off the pitch. Rod ‘Jeff’ Brazier accumulated the most runs (440) in the season, whilst Jason ‘Buffalo’ Biggs took the honour for highest individual score of the season with his superb 80 against Rainham.

Unless there is a slight league restructure the 1’s will be plying their trade in Division Four Next season, where we aim to bounce straight back.

Thanks to all for your efforts and support throughout the season. Despite finding ourselves on the wrong end of results, the spirit, enthusiasm, fun and enjoyment have remained.

But this is a club, and I must conclude with recognition on the fantastic efforts of the 2’s to go one better than last season and achieve a deserved promotion. Congratulations to Ian and the team for an excellent campaign and we look forward to the challenge that will be presented in Division seven in 2014.


Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club FIRST XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
5nb 11w 9b 4lb 
for 10 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Rod Brazier b Rudkin 11 1 1
Mark Beames ct b Turner 7 1
Stephen Richardson b Pyne 78 12 1
Jason Biggs ct b Pyne 14 2 1
Neil Smith b Pyne 29 3 1
Kev Wright b Pyne 1
Peter Kettley b Pyne 6 1
Andrew Brown ct & b Farrow 22 3 1
Connor Hayman b Rudkin 6 1
Damian Fannon Run out  10 1
Tom Payne Not Out  3

Broomfield 1st Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy

Broomfield 1st Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
2nb 4w 16b 7lb 
for 10 wickets
181 (38.5 overs)
J. O'Riordan lbw b Hayman 0
E. Cowell b Hayman 1
P. McIntosh b Payne 25
L. Farrow ct Brazier b Hayman 29
J. Spindler ct Biggs b Hayman 31
A.Eelin b Hayman 0
M. Turner b Hayman 28
N. Cowell b Payne 1
G. Rudkin ct Smith b Payne 0
A. Pyne Not Out  37
J. Hills ct Brown b Hayman 0

Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club FIRST XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Connor Hayman11.533875.433.21
Kev Wright9.013200.003.56
Tom Payne12.0057319.004.75
Peter Kettley6.013000.005.00