Great Baddow 2 v Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club FIRST XI on Sat 09 Jul 2016 at 1.00pm
Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club Won by 36 runs

Match report The 1’s got back to winning ways with a solid all round team performance to defeat Great Baddow by 37 runs.

After two consecutive weeks of playing on wet wickets, the visitors were looking forward to batting first on a good looking track. That wish was soon granted as home skipper Brennan won the toss and inserted WMCC.

Batting in the early stages was tricky, with both Buxton and especially Haley, generating pace and considerable bounce from the surface. The extra bounce accounted for Manoj Tripathi, as he nicked one from Buxton through to the keeper to depart without score.

The returning Rod Brazier and Ian Ball joined forces and bobbed and weaved against the short pitched bowling as the first seven overs yielded just 5 runs. Crucially, the pair remained at the crease and as the opening spells of both Buxton & Haley drew to a close runs had started to flow. Just as Rod started to accelerate, he got too much under a delivery from Brennan, skying a chance that was taken. Rod out for 24, but the partnership of 36 in tricky conditions was an invaluable one.

With the Baddow change bowlers not posing the same threat, the visitors came further into the game as Ian and Mark Beames forged a solid partnership, Mark in a typically attacking mood, as the score moved to 82-2 (23 overs) at the drinks break.

As invariably happens, the break upset the rhythm of the batting side and Ian shortly departed, caught at point for 19. A shame that Ian could not have gone on, though was involved in two excellent partnerships, taking the score from 1 to 82.

With Ian’s departure, in stepped the Cookie monster, looking greener than the usual blue hue after enjoying early birthday celebrations the night before. That seemed to matter little as an inform Neil started well. With both batsman going toe to toe in striking boundaries, the run-rate started to climb and three figures were reached in the 27th over. A couple of overs later the partnership was ended as Mark got a thin nick to the keeper to fall for a near run-a-ball 36.

Respite for the home side was only temporary as yet another positive partnership was generated, as Roger Marshall took up the baton. Rog & Cookie ran well, and made great use of the big open spaces that the Great Baddow Recreation Ground has to offer. A couple of big overs propelled the visitors score to beyond 150, but on 163, both batsmen fell as Buxton re-entered the attack. Rog (21) was the first to go, well caught after miscuing a big hit, whilst Cookie, seeking a half-century, fell 7 short for an excellent 43. 163-6 from 40 overs.

Whereas the first few overs had yielded little, the final five were of great contrast, thanks to a tremendously energetic and enterprising partnership between Craig Marshall & Gav Cook. Boundaries were found and even when they weren’t, the running between the wickets was excellent, including an all-run four at one stage. After a contender for shot of the day from Gav, giving it his best Jos Buttler in flicking Haley wide of the ‘keeper to the fence, he played on for a swift 14-ball knock of 20. With 9 taken from the last over, 42 had been scored from the final 5, as the 1’s finished with a creditable 205-8 at the close.

The contrast between the respective sides opening seven overs was stark as the home sides reply started rapidly as Bowring and Scott got off to a flying start. 43 flowed from the bat until Bowring clipped a George Verlander delivery into the covers, where Rod Brazier was waiting to claim the catch.

A change in strategy was required and a double change saw Roger & Craig into the attack to provide a different challenge for the home batsmen with more invitations given to 'smell the leather'. This soon paid dividends as Scott went to pull a short ball from Roger but succeeded only in hooking the ball to brother Craig at mid-wicket. Benadie looked to attack from the off, but he soon fell, lofting to Rod who again made no mistake, early success for Craig. 43-0 had become 52-3.

Whilst no 4 Wyatt was more circumspect in his approach, he struggled to find a partner had similar ‘stickablity’. Osbourne (0) picked out ‘juggler’ Beames who held on at the second attempt - a second wicket for Roger in a fiery 5 over spell - and Phillips (7) clubbed a Keith Mitchell delivery straight to deep mid-wicket, where Craig was waiting and duly did the rest.

Drinks and the home side 5 down for 80. Post drinks and the slow moving skipper reintroduced himself into the attack. In tandem with Keith, overs were rattled through with little impact to the score. The tally was still shy of three figures when Wright found the edge of Buxton, Manoj expertly taking a low slip catch. 97-6.

Haley joined Wyatt and the pair put together the first meaningful partnership for some time. However the run rate had continued to climb and seven an over was a tough task. Roger’s return to the attack removed Haley (18) and followed this up by bowling Bartrum (4).

Wyatt continued to occupy the crease, though could not accelerate significantly despite the odd boundary. With partners running out he finally reached his 50 and sought to attack. He holed out instantly, as Mark Beames took an excellent catch at long-off, Wyatt out for 51, the hosts 159-9 and the 1’s sensing victory was close. Despite a brief flurry of runs, the win was sealed as George bowled Brennan – 169 all out and a 36 run win.

An excellent team performance this one and a much needed win. Patience when required at the start of the innings to lay the platform for the middle order to come in and play in a positive way to set a decent score. The response too to the quick start from the home side in the reply was tremendous, with the catching impeccable throughout, proving that old adage true.

After successfully avenging the opening day defeat, there is a chance to address another early season reverse, as next up, we host old friends Old Chelmsfordians at Pheasant Park.

Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club FIRST XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
5nb 7w 15b 2lb 
for 8 wickets

(45.0 overs)
Rod Brazier ct b Brennan 24 43 4 55.81 2
Manoj Tripathi ct b Buxton 0 10 0 1
Ian Ball ct b Ashton 19 64 1 29.69
Mark Beames ct b Phillips 36 40 5 90.0 2
Neil Cook ct b Buxton 43 52 4 82.69
Roger Marshall ct b Buxton 21 34 1 61.76
Craig Marshall Not Out  12 17 1 70.59 2
Gavin Cook b Haley 20 14 3 142.86
George Verlander Run out  0 3 0
Kev Wright  
Keith Mitchell  

Great Baddow 2 Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
S. Buxton10.0244314.674.40
A. Haley10.0427127.002.70
J. Brennan8.0041141.005.13
B. Ashton10.0142142.004.20
O. Phillips7.0034134.004.86

Great Baddow 2 Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
1nb 2w 10b  
for 10 wickets
169 (41.2 overs)
M. Bowring ct Brazier b Verlander 14
C. Scott ct C Marshall b R Marshall 31
J. Benadie ct Brazier b C Marshall 6
R. Wyatt ct Beames b Verlander 51
L. Osbourne ct Beames b R Marshall 0
O. Phillips ct C Marshall b Mitchell 7
S. Buxton ct Tripathi b Wright 12
A. Haley b R Marshall 18
W. Bartrum b R Marshall 4
J. Brennan b Verlander 10
B. Ashton Not Out  4

Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club FIRST XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Kev Wright10.0035135.003.50
George Verlander7.2044314.676.00
Roger Marshall10.023548.753.50
Craig Marshall8.0224124.003.00
Keith Mitchell6.0018118.003.00