Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club FIRST XI v High Easter on Sat 09 May 2015 at 1.00pm
Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club Won by 25 runs

Match report The first home game of the new season for the 1's was an enthralling low scoring encounter with visitors High Easter, which ended in victory, but for much of the early part of the afternoon had looked anything but.

Electing to bat, Woodies opening pair of Braizer & Brady made steady progress - 18-0 from the opening 7 overs. When Brady became the first wicket to fall to the bowling of Chinnery, the next 14 overs before the drinks break were calamitous, as an array of dismissals, some undone by the early season Woodham track, some entirely down to batsman error left the home side reeling at 48-8.

As in last weeks opening match, drinks acted as a catalyst, and finally an innings equalling partnership between Andy Smith & Tom Payne was forged, though when the latter fell for 10, the 1's were 66-9. A serious rescue mission was required and just in the nick of time, it arrived. Smith, buoyed by the Conservative majority on Thursday, fittingly partnered with new Uxbridge MP Boris Johnson (Keith Mitchell) to rebuild the innings. Seeing off the top three visiting bowlers with ease, the pair feasted on the change bowlers as the home total clicked through into three figures. The final pair had put on 50, when Mitchell elected to take a tight single and was run out via a direct hit, a fitting end to a bizarre innings, WMCC 116 all out using just 35.3 overs, but indebted to a fine unbeaten 33 from Smith and that last wicket partnership.

Would it be pivotal?

The three figure total had given confidence to the team that victory could be clutched from the jaws of defeat. With High Easter fielding just 10 men (which made their first innings performance an even better one) the 1's knew that they had 9 wickets to get. Tom struck with his first ball, and the tone was set. The potentially dangerous Green and Norgrove were removed by the skipper as thoughts began to turn towards an unlikely victory. Despite a mid innings mini revival, the bowling side had the bit between their teeth and backed up by some excellent fielding, continued to drive inroads into the visitors batting order.
Josh Brady had a hand in both mid innings wickets, with two excellent catches, the second of which, a full length dive resulting in a fantastic one handed catch - a brilliant effort.

Chinnery who had earlier starred with the ball was fast running out of partners, as 25 runs were still required to earn victory for the visitors, now effectively 8 down. Two balls within a one over burst from Roger Marshall, clean bowling both Willocks and Caples sent the team into raptures and confirmed a tremendous comeback win.

A get out of jail card deployed, as the team demonstrated strength in depth with both bat and ball, displaying a great will to win, from albeit the most unlikely of positions.

Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club FIRST XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
2nb 16w 6b 2lb 
for 10 wickets

(35.3 overs)
Rod Brazier b Chinnery 5 37 13.51
Josh Brady b Chinnery 6 25 1 24.00 2
Ian Ball b Chinnery 5 21 23.81
George Verlander Run out  0 2 0
Roger Marshall b Garner 1 14 7.14 1
Kev Wright b Chinnery 13 12 3 108.33
Ollie Glasson ct b Garner 0 6 0
Andy Smith Not Out  33 52 3 63.46
Craig Marshall ct b Garner 0 3 0
Tom Payne b Bentley 10 19 1 52.63
Keith Mitchell Run out  17 19 4 89.47

High Easter Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy

High Easter Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
8w 7b 8lb 
for 10 wickets
91 (31.5 overs)
Mann ct R Marshall b Payne 1
Green ct Smith b Wright 5
Norgrove b Wright 19
Bentley b Payne 5
Chinnery Not Out  17
Tape ct Brady b Mitchell 15
Caples ct Brady b C Marshall 6
Garner b Mitchell 0
Willocks b R Marshall 3
Caples b R Marshall 0

Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club FIRST XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Kev Wright10.0320210.002.00
Tom Payne10.0232216.003.20
Keith Mitchell6.011427.002.33
Craig Marshall5.0118118.003.60
Roger Marshall0.50120.501.20