Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club FIRST XI v High Easter on Sat 27 May 2017 at 1.00pm
Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club Won by 95 runs

Match report The 1's juggernaut continued its progress with an excellent 95 run win over High Easter.

On the hottest cricketing day of the season to date, home skipper Wright won the toss, and despite the morning showers, as predicted by weather whisperer John, elected to bat.

With Andy Smith away, Manoj was elevated to open with Rod. Manoj was the first wicket to fall, nicking a delivery from Chinnery to Moss at slip, who claimed a causal one handed catch.

As with last week at Noak Hill, the early wicket brought two form players together and Rod & Dan Smith carried on from where they left off, steadily building a solid foundation for the innings. Whilst the first ten overs yielded 38, the score had climbed to 66 by the first drinks break at 15, and then 83 by the time 20 overs had been bowled.

Just as another century partnership and another 50 for Dan beckoned, he bottomed edged a Chinnery delivery to keeper Brisland to depart for 47. 98-2 in the 23rd.

Momentum was not lost however, as Toby Pateman joined Rod and played in very positive fashion from the off, finding the boundary at regular intervals. The run rate began to climb as the visitors found it tough going in the heat, and at the second drinks break, the hosts were 138-2, with Rod raising his bat to celebrate another 50 for the club.

Just when it looked as though Toby would soon join Rod in achieving the milestone, he hit a full toss from Greenwood straight to Edwards, departing for 35 from just 26 balls.

Joined by Nigel Costin, Rod continued to score freely, but after making the visitors pay for an earlier drop, was caught at long-on by Bentley for a well crafted and enjoyable 69.

Nigel & Jack Shipton took the total close to the 200 mark, until the former nicked behind for a run a ball 21. With 200 safely achieved, and five overs to go, Jack went in overdrive and started to find his range, dispatching the bowlers, particularly Moss, to and over the fence with regularity. With maximum batting points achieved, Jack took 16 from the last over, concluding the innings with a six, that brought up both the 250, and his own 50, his first for WMCC.

After the skippers tea - (heavily contributed to by Louise) the challenge was on to defend 250. With the pitch continuing to improve, and the it was always going to be hard work.

Brisland and Norgrove began well and were within sight of putting on 50 for the first wicket, until the former drove a Roger Marshall delivery straight to cover, where Toby was waiting and duly took the catch. With new bat Chinnery offering good support, another good partnership was formed. It took the returning Keith Mitchell to separate the pair, bowling Norgrove as he stepped across to leg to fashion a shot, bowling the opener for 31. It was Peggy that struck again shortly after, as Chinnery edged to slip, and found Biffta in good touch at slip, clinging onto a sharp catch at the second attempt that had initially looked as though it would go over his head. Suddenly the hosts had made great inroads into the visitors top order.

Craig Marshall joined in, as our own Boris Johnson continued to roll back the years, clinging onto a chance at mid-off, that looked as though might dip out of his grasp. The excellent fielding continued, as Toby ran out Greenwood, sharply seizing on a mix-up between the batsmen after a catching chance to the skipper fell just short.

With the visitors reeling, Craig & Keith took it in turns to claim wickets, supported by a catching masterclasses from Biffta. Fours were the order of the day, four wickets each for Craig & Keith & four catches from Dan, the last, low down at slip, following two at cover, brought the curtain down on the High Easter innings, as they were dismissed for 155, still 95 short.

Another victory as the 1's pull clear at the top of Division Three. Great to see so many different contributors to the victory, again demonstrating the great strength in depth that the team has. It has to be said it was another supreme fielding performance and was great to have the support of the 2's toward the end of the game, who themselves had another tremendous victory at Hatfield Peverel.

Four from four and a visit to old friends Old Chelmsfordians next week. Whilst currently propping up the division, they should not be taken lightly.

Until next week...

Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club FIRST XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
1nb 5w 8b 1lb 
for 7 wickets

(45.0 overs)
Rod Brazier ct Bentley b Greenwood 69 117 9 58.97
Manoj Tripathi ct Moss b Chinnery 2 6 33.33
Dan Smith ct Brisland b Chinnery 46 47 8 1 97.87 4
Toby Pateman ct Edwards b Greenwood 35 26 7 134.62 1 1
Nigel Costin ct Brisland b Moss 21 20 4 105.00 1 1
Jack Shipton Not Out  50 36 6 2 138.89
John Marshall ct Bentley b Moss 4 7 57.14
Roger Marshall b Edwards 6 9 66.67
Kev Wright Not Out  1 2 50.0
Craig Marshall  
Keith Mitchell   1

High Easter Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy

High Easter Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
1nb 2w 1b 1lb 
for 10 wickets
155 (37.0 overs)
Brisland ct Pateman b R Marshall 31
Norgrove b Mitchell 31
Chinnery ct Smith b Mitchell 33
Edwards b C Marshall 13
Caples ct Mitchell b C Marshall 12
Greenwood run out (Pateman/Costin) 2
Bentley ct Smith b C Marshall 10
Green ct Smith b C Marshall 8
Moss ct Costin b Mitchell 4
Dean Not Out  0
Mann ct Smith b Mitchell 0

Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club FIRST XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Kev Wright5.021900.003.80
John Marshall9.023500.003.89
Roger Marshall6.0023123.003.83
Craig Marshall9.0042410.504.67
Keith Mitchell9.003248.003.56