Terling v Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club FIRST XI on Sat 07 Jul 2018 at 9.00 am
Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club Won by 39 runs

Match report With the spectre of football coming home and a 3pm date with Sweden in the World Cup, it was thankful that both sides were to agree an earlier start time for the first return fixture of the season.

Winning the toss, the hosts decided to have a bowl. And so at 9.15am, the unusual sight of league cricket got underway, with the temperature already registering 23 degrees.

Ball one kept a bit low and shot through the defences of Toby Pateman to leave the visitors 0-1. It was soon 14-2 as Manoj Tripathi (5) was trapped in front a second wicket for Humphries. It could have been worse as Dan Smith survived a chance at square leg, but it was to be Dan and Andy Smith that would ultimately determine the destiny of the match.

A solid partnership was forged, Dan the agressor and Andy in a much more watchful role, as the 1's attempted to make the home side wilt in the heat. They did just that as Dan especially, found boundaries at will. He rapidly brought up his 50 with the total not much more than his own score. Gradually Andy began to also find his range and after 20 overs, three figures were reached. Dan had rattled on to 79 when he became Atkinson's first victim of the morning, Spooner this time making no mistake at square leg. 108-3 going into the drinks break.

A mini partnership between Andy and groundhopper Danny Hunt, who had already made an early visit to Pheasant Park, earnt the 1's their first batting point, but it was a brief stay at the crease as Clark got one to stop and Danny chipped straight to mid-wicket.

Despite the unwelcome return of the mid-innings collapse, Andy moved to a deserved half-century, showing the value in patience and graft in the early part of his innings. However when he departed for 50, the visitors were still slightly shy of the 150 mark. A cameo from Roger Marshall (13) helped to get the total beyond 150, but when he was the final wicket to fall the innings closed on 169.

After baking at Gas Mark 7 for the morning, both sides were still a little pink and not quite done. So with no mid-innings break, out we went again.

A snorter from John Marshall set the tone and he castled Clark shortly after without score. Wilding and Dawson were watchful to start and prevented early wickets from falling as had been the case on the opening day. It was John again that earnt the breakthrough as Wilding nicked behind to glovesman Smith - 39-2. Dawson decided that attack was the best form of defence and started to find the fence on a too regular basis. He had swiftly moved to 40 when he was halted by a George Verlander delivery which was nicked to slip and brilliantly caught one-handed by Dan.

Mitchell sought to continue that momentum and together with Bird had got the hosts to the halfway point, the game very finely balanced. A couple of quick wickets were needed and were duly earnt, double success for George as both Bird (6) and Humphries (0) skied to the skipper and Pete Harness respectively.

When Roger knocked back the leg-stump of Harrison (0) and followed that up with the dismissal of Twin, caught by Jack Shipton, Terling had been reduced from 85-3 to 98-7.

The key wicket was that of Mitchell and it was Danny that finally ended the stay of the Terling no 5, inducing an edge - caught behind for a well fought 37. Victory was close and a couple of late wickets for Roger, including last man Spooner, sealed victory for the 1's by a margin of 39 runs. With the match concluding at 2.15pm, it gave the team ample time to return to Pheasant Park and join a victorious 2's to watch England comfortably beat Sweden and progress into the World Cup semis.

An odd game in truth, given the early start and desire to finish before 3pm, but at least were able to do so and grateful to Terling for agreeing to the switch. Given the heat it was probalby a good thing that we did get underway just after 9. A fifth win of the season balances our record in ten games perfectly, and keeps us very much in touch with those just outside the top spots.

Onto next week as we host Rayleigh Fairview, by which time there could also be an even larger sporting event to plan for the following day.

PS - It's coming home.....

Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club FIRST XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
2nb 6w 1b 1lb 
for 10 wickets

(39.4 overs)
Toby Pateman b Humphries 0 1 0 1
Manoj Tripathi lbw b Humphries 5 9 1 55.56
Dan Smith ct Spooner b Atkinson 79 76 18 103.95 1
Andy Smith ct & b Twin 50 74 5 1 67.57 3
Danny Hunt ct Atkinson b Clark 3 9 33.33
Jack Shipton b Atkinson 8 12 1 66.67 1
Pete Harness b Atkinson 0 3 0 1
Kev Wright ct Humphries b Atkinson 1 5 20.0 1
Roger Marshall ct Humphries b Twin 13 37 1 35.14
John Marshall b Humphries 0 2 0
George Verlander Not Out  0

Terling Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
L. Humphries10.032839.332.80
A. Twin9.4131215.503.21
B. Spooner4.003000.007.50
J. Atkinson10.023949.753.90
S. Clark6.0039139.006.50

Terling Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
1nb 3w 5b 5lb 
for 10 wickets
130 (35.2 overs)
A. Wilding ct A. Smith b J Marshall 16
S. Clark b J Marshall 0
K. Dawson ct D. Smith b Verlander 40
G. Bird ct Wright b Verlander 6
B. Mitchell ct A Smith b Hunt 37
L. Humphries ct A Smith b Verlander 0
T. Harrison b R Marshall 0
A. Twin ct Shipton b R Marshall 0
J. Atkinson ct Harness b R Marshall 2
B. Spooner ct Pateman b R Marshall 2
H. Strutt Not Out  6

Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club FIRST XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Kev Wright6.021500.002.50
John Marshall10.0324212.002.40
George Verlander10.0251317.005.10
Roger Marshall7.202045.002.73
Danny Hunt2.00818.004.00