Ingatestone v Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club FIRST XI on Sat 11 May 2019 at 1.00pm
Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club Lost by 2 runs

Match report Given that the Ashes returns this summer, it was perhaps fitting that the teams sought to recreate Edgbaston 2005, though unfortunately WMCC were in the role of Australia, defeated by the narrowest of 2 run margins.

The fact that we even played at all was remarkable enough, as on arrival the wicket was amongst the wettest that we have seen, an was far from playable. However, some time given for the surface to try and dry, tea at 2 and a reduction of overs to 35, meant that play started at 2.30 (ish).

Whoever won the toss would have had a bowl and upon calling correctly, the visitors duly asked the hosts to bat first. The surface played well, though running in to bowl was not much of an option in the early overs. Opener Blackman showed his intent early on, though support from Brailey (6) and Hodgson (3) was short-lived, a wicket apiece for opening bowling combo (and fine name for a solicitors firm) of Wright and Pateman. When Bruce Groblar (not that one) joined Blackman, runs started to flow from both ends. The 1's needed something to break the partnership - and indeed arrived in the shape of a new fans favourite, as Damian Abeyratna announced himself on the scene. He first removed Groblar, who was quite unfortunate to edge the ball onto his helmet (again, not that one) and looped a catch to gully, which Manoj Tripathi duly took, as with all our catches in the outfield throughout the innings, at the second time of asking. Damian also accounted for Smith (0) in his opening over, not a bad way to start his Woodham career.

Blackman continued to be the glue that held the home innings together and deservedly passed 50 and beyond. Whilst others came and went, additional wickets for Damian, it was the introduction of 'spin' as Keith Mitchell generated an edge from the bat of Blackman, the opener caught by Manu at the the third attempt to depart for an excellent 85. Damian deservedly picked up a 5 wicket haul with the wicket of Chapman whilst Keith also claimed a second. Some late runs from Poole and Tunnard helped to push the score up to 180-9 at the close, a challenging chase.

10 from the first over was a good response - though two wickets in an over accounted for Manoj and Danny Hunt, both caught in the slip cordon off the bowling of Chapman. 19-2 from 5 overs.

Damian joined Dan Smith at the crease and the pair restored order, generating a partnership of 69 until Damian was trapped in front for 24. 88-3 from 18 and still very much in the hunt. Dan passed his 50, as the run rate remained between 5 and 6. The key breakthrough was made by Chapman again, as he removed Dan for an excellent 82 from 76 balls. With Andy Smith also departing in the same over, the 1's were now 121-6 with 10 to play. The skipper joined Nigel Costin and the pair to the score to 150, but the equation was becoming more challenging. When Wright was out, Toby joined Nigel with 27 runs needed from the final 18 balls. 7 from the over, including an audacious ramp shot from Toby reduced the target further, 20 from 12. However, the penultimate over only yielded 5, 15 to win from the final over. An what a final over. Ball one, Toby hit for four. Ball two - dot. Ball three, a tremendous blow over square leg for 6. 5 needed from 3 balls, could we win it. Ball four - dot. Ball five - 2 runs scored - 3 to win from the final ball, two to tie. Who would hold their nerve? It would be the bowler Tunnard, who had bowled well throughout who prevailed, hitting the stumps as Toby sought the winning runs - an agonising 2 run defeat for the visitors.

An excellent and exciting game, and so close to snatching at the death, however it was not meant to be, despite Nigel (30no) and Toby's 18 taking the match to the wire.

At least we were able to get a fixture in this week and will help some in getting back into cricketing action for the summer. Great to welcome Damian to the team and an excellent contribution on debut. As ever, was a pleasure to watch Dan at the crease and another fine innings that gave us the platform for the run chase.

We go again tomorrow in the National Village Cup at home to East Bergholt, before returning to league action with the visit of Terling to Pheasant Park next Saturday. Until then...

Ingatestone Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
3w 1b 2lb 
for 9 wickets
180 (35.0 overs)
S. Blackman ct  Tripathi b Mitchell 85
J. Brailey ct  Wright b Pateman 3
N. Hodgson b  Wright 6
B. Grobler ct  Tripathi b Abeyratna 28
G. Smith b  Abeyratna 0
C. Bradley b  Abeyratna 19
J. Bates ct  Pateman b Mitchell 9
G. Jeater lbw  b Abeyratna 1
G. Chapman ct  A. Smith b Abeyratna 3
A. Poole Not Out  15
C. Tunnard Not Out  5

Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club FIRST XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Kev Wright9.0237137.004.11
Toby Pateman10.0150150.005.00
Damian Abeyratna9.004559.005.00
George Verlander3.002800.009.33
Keith Mitchell4.001728.504.25

Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club FIRST XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
3w 3b 2lb 
for 8 wickets

(35.0 overs)
Dan Smith b  Chapman 82 76 11 2 107.89
Manoj Tripathi ct  Brailey b Chapman 1 8 12.50 2
Danny Hunt ct  Groblar b Chapman 0 2 0
Damian Abeyratna lbw  b Poole 24 38 2 1 63.16
Jack Shipton ct  Groblar b Poole 1 6 16.67
Nigel Costin Not Out  30 37 2 81.08
Andy Smith ct  Groblar b Chapman 0 3 0 1
Kev Wright ct  Brailey b Poole 14 18 1 77.78 1
Toby Pateman b  Tunnard 18 11 1 1 163.64 1
George Verlander  
Keith Mitchell  

Ingatestone Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
G. Chapman10.0248412.004.80
C. Tunnard10.0149149.004.90
B. Groblar4.001700.004.25
G. Jeater1.001200.0012.00
A. Poole10.0042314.004.20