Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club FIRST XI v Havering 1 on Sat 02 Jul 2016 at 1.00pm
Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club Lost by 1 wkt

Match report After last weeks rain affected low scoring match at Chadwell Heath, the 1’s returned to Pheasant Park to serve up yet another close finish dish as they entertained Havering Atte Bower, succumbing by the narrowest of 1 wkt margins.

Given the ‘summer of 2016’ only the sterling efforts of Nathan Hayman during the morning ensured that the game could take place at all.

Upon calling correctly, Havering skipper Walker inserted the 1’s into bat.
With both the regular opening pair of Rod Brazier & Andy Smith away for this fixture, opening duties fell to ‘Mexican’ Manoj Tripathi & Ian Ball. On an understandably slow and low strip and soft outfield, runs were not easy to come by, 1’s and 2’s the order of the day as opposed to boundaries. After last weeks 36 all out, the pair were watchful and generated a decent partnership of 28, until Manoj tried to find the boundary rope for the first time, but was caught at mid-on for 9.

This brought the returning Stephen Richardson to the crease. It was good to see him back in action (albeit for a fleeting visit) and he looked confident from the off. Although he lost partner Ball with the score on 42, together with Mark Beames the best partnership of the innings was forged, as a steady rate of around 3 an over was achieved. The pair put together a stand of 37 until Mark picked out Hurley with perfect precision, the fielder not having to move an inch at mid-off to claim the catch.

A score of 150 would be a challenging one to chase, though with time running out to set such a score, Stephen was next to fall, holing out at long-off for a hard fought 27. 91-4 in the 33rd.

In the remaining 12 overs wickets continued to fall at regular intervals, but the run rate was increased during this period, as the innings closed on 132-8, Wright unbeaten on 19, though effectively out of action for the rest of the match having pulled a hamstring seeking a quick single earlier in his innings.

After an Ian Ball tea, perfectly judged in quantity and quality, and a brief rain shower, the reply commenced. Though the visitors soon progressed to 20, Tom Payne forced Edge to drag on to his stumps, the opener departing for 7. Mitchell remained and joined by Roe, Havering made steady progress to just beyond the 50 mark.

However, the run rate had slowed and with change bowlers Keith Mitchell and Roger Marshall operating well in tandem, wickets began to be taken, well supported by some good catches. T Mitchell drove Roger to extra cover where Spuju was waiting to claim the chance, Roe (16) tried to play back to Mitchell and was duly beaten by the low bounce, and whilst Edge did go forward, his attempt to go over the top, failed, as he was well caught by Toby Pateman at mid-off. When the enterprising counter-attack from Dyerson ended, going for one big hit too many, the visitors found themselves 75-5.

Still, with some shuffling of their batting order, Havering had more to come to chase the remaining 50 odd required. Beechy & Hurley stopped the mini-collpase and set about rebuilding the innings. With storm clouds gathering and the threat of rain, the visitors tried to get to their target more quickly than was required.

This possibly helped to contribute to the departure of Beechy (23), who clubbed a drive straight to Stephen Richardson, a third wicket of the match for Roger Marshall. 6 down soon became 7 as quick thinking from Manoj ran out Hurley. The batsman had just survived an lbw shout, and perhaps believing that the umpire had given him out (rather than indicating the ball was going down leg) switched off and wandered out of his crease. Manoj seizing the opportunity, threw down the stumps – from not out to out in seconds, the visitors 117-7 and teetering.

Requiring 15 to win, Southam and Walker combined to get the visitors close to the target. Capitalising on one or two loose deliveries, the pair levelled the scores. With an extra point up for grabs if another wicket was taken, the field was brought in. Craig Marshall did the rest as he got one through the defences of the visiting skipper, bowling Walker for 6. The drama didn’t end there, as Tollon looped another delivery from Craig in the air, and straight to George Verlander at cover. 131-9, surely a tie couldn’t be achieved?

Cometh the hour, cometh the man (George) for the latest end of innings decider. With no 11 Street avoiding having to face, the first three balls of the 40th over were all dots. Who would blink first? Could the no 11 be exposed to another over from Craig? The answer, unfortunately not, as the young Havering batsman held his nerve to crack the fourth ball past the despairing dive of Toby to earn victory for the visitors by the closest of margins.

Another exceptionally close game, something that the 1’s are specialising in this season. We are now half-way through and the team have been competitive in every game, which gives much hope for the second half of the season, where we hope that some of the narrow defeats can be converted into victories.

Next stop is a short visit to Great Baddow, to avenge the narrow (did I have to say it) 13 run defeat on the opening day of the campaign.

Onwards and upwards!

Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club FIRST XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
2nb 15w 3b 3lb 
for 8 wickets

(45.0 overs)
Manoj Tripathi ct b Edge 9 37 24.32 1
Ian Ball b Beechy 10 42 23.81
Stephen Richardson ct b Walker 27 62 1 1 43.55 2
Mark Beames ct Hurley b Beechy 21 44 2 47.73
Toby Pateman b Walker 6 1
Roger Marshall b Dyerson 12 19 63.16
Kev Wright Not Out  19 28 2 67.86
George Verlander Run out  0 3 0 1
Craig Marshall b Dyerson 0 1 0
Tom Payne Not Out  4 7 57.14
Keith Mitchell  

Havering 1 Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy

Havering 1 Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
1w 7b 7lb 
for 9 wickets
135 (39.4 overs)
T. Mitchell ct Richardson b R Marshall 28
P. Edge b Payne 7
M. Roe b Mitchell 16
L. Dyerson b R Marshall 17
J. Edge ct Pateman b Mitchell 1
D. Beechy ct Richardson b R Marshall 23
J. Hurley run out (Tripathi) 8
J. Southam Not Out  14
J. Walker b C Marshall 6
B. Tollon ct Verlander b C Marshall 0
A. Street Not Out  0

Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club FIRST XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
George Verlander8.422300.002.65
Tom Payne6.0129129.004.83
Keith Mitchell10.0235217.503.50
Roger Marshall10.012739.002.70
Craig Marshall5.011226.002.40