Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club FIRST XI v Basildon and Pitsea on Sat 03 Aug 2019 at 1.00pm
Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club Won by 96 runs

Match report Now that's more like it! Winning an eighth toss in a row, skipper Wright elected to change things up and set a total for fourth placed Basildon to chase.

The innings began with an early dismissal, as Brown A, 'fresh' from two days at the test was deceived by a slower ball by Thompson to depart for 4. Progress in the early overs was steady, as Clarke-Irons, once he had found his radar and Thompson bowled tidily. The wicket of Manoj Tripathi on 33 was perhaps a sign of things to come as he succumbed to one that kept very low and was trapped in front for 5. The third wicket partnership between the two highest run scorers for the season would be key and it certainly transpired to be, as Dan Smith and Jack Shipton got work, quickly hitting left arm spinner Lambert out of the attack, as drinks were reached with the score at a healthy 99-2, Dan reaching another half-century in a hugely prolific season.

The strength of the concentrate in the drinks had a more positive effect on the visitors, who enjoyed the upper hand in the 10 overs after the break, as just 32 runs were scored. It was Tooke and Bedford particularly, in a miserly spell of 10-2-16-2, including the wicket of Jack (27) stemmed the flow of runs,

Bedford and Tooke got the wickets of Dan and Andy Smith for 78 and 2 respectively, the pair falling in quick succession as the total started to stall a little - 138-5 with 11 overs to go. With the dry wicket displaying some indifferent bounce and some deliveries getting stuck in the pitch, attack was the best form of defence, as Kev Wright and Mark Beames combined to wrestle back control. Mark showed any watching Aussie selectors of his prowess launching Thompson for a six in his cameo of 17 in a run a ball partnership of 31.

Wright (30) continued to bat on, to try and get the score to 200, though a clatter of late wickets in the final couple of overs prevented this from being achieved. It was not for the lack of trying on final man Sam Norman's part, as his expansive drive saw the toe of his bat fly off. Confusion ensued as Sam attempted to abort a risky single, but whilst parts of his bat made it to the crease, Sam did not, falling short of his ground, 196 all out - but on a challenging surface it would be a tricky total to chase.

After a fine Shippy tea, early inroads were desired. Opening pair of Kev and Toby soon combined, Gray driving a uppishly to a Wright delivery, Toby making no mistake in the covers. The change to cross-seam bowling proved effective with the pitch responsive - and the approach paid quick dividends for Toby, the ball stopping in the surface as Tooke lobbed the simplest of return catches. Bedford soon followed, trying to hit out but succeeding only in finding a fast moving Beames at mid-on, who got round well to claim a good catch to remove the visitors opening bat. 32-3.

The home side thought this was soon 4 down, as an audible nick behind from Bennett was well taken by fellow glovesman Smith, but the batsman remained at the crease. No reviews at this level unfortunately. Thankfully, this did not cost too many runs, as Toby got his man, trapping Bennett in front for 12, in a fine spell of 3-26 (10). With the home side on top, the game turned into the Roger Marshall show as wickets tumbled with regularity. Roger, bowling down the hill as the suggestion of our largest run getters of the season, soon got into a good rhythm, dismissing the potentially dangerous Lambert cheaply.

Blerkham looked bright, but bizzarely managed to edge to Dan at slip via the back of his bat, Poole cut straight to Toby at point and Birch was clean bowled as it looked as though mid-innings drinks would not be required. They were, but the respite was brief, as despite some late blows from D. Bennett, Roger took the remaining wickets, culminating in the dismissal of Bennett (22), to finish the game and take his own haul to a hugely impressive 6-21, Basildon all out for 100.

An excellent and well deserved victory and much needed. A decent total set, with good bowling and an excellent fielding display ensuring a sizeable victory. We return back to fifth in the table, as we head, what seems incredibly soon, into the final four matches of the season. Next up the trip to promotion hunting Burnham.

A double for the weekend, as the 2's held on to win by 11 runs at Rettendon and Rayleigh Fairview to keep up the chance of promotion from Div 7, and it was great to see so many players return to the clubhouse to celebrate the 30th birthday of our shy retiring wicket-keeper.

Until next week...

Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club FIRST XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
2nb 1w 18b 6lb 
for 10 wickets

(44.3 overs)
Dan Smith b Bedford 78 88 5 5 88.64 1
Andrew Brown b Thompson 4 12 1 33.33
Manoj Tripathi lbw b Clark-Irons 5 21 1 23.81
Jack Shipton b Bedford 27 47 5 57.45
Andy Smith b Tooke 2 20 10.0 1
Kev Wright b Clark-Irons 30 38 5 78.95
Mark Beames Run out  17 14 2 1 121.43 1
Toby Pateman b Thompson 0 1 0 3
Nigel Costin b Clark-Irons 2 6 33.33
Roger Marshall Not Out  1 2 50.0
Sam Norman Run out  3 5 60.0

Basildon and Pitsea Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
C. Clark-Irons9.0137312.334.11
C. Thompson10.0132216.003.20
D. Bedford10.021628.001.60
L. Lambert6.3032132.004.92
P. Tooke9.0045145.005.00

Basildon and Pitsea Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
7nb 1w 4b 2lb 
for 10 wickets
100 (25.0 overs)
M. Gray ct Pateman b Wright 1
D. Bedford ct Beames b Pateman 8
P. Tooke ct & b Pateman 10
J. Bennett lbw b Pateman 12
L. Lambert b Marshall 3
C. Blerkham ct D. Smith b Marshall 13
D. Bennett b Marshall 22
T. Poole ct Pateman b Marshall 3
M. Birch b Marshall 6
C. Clarke-Irons ct A. Smith b Marshall 0
H. Birch Not Out  0

Woodham Mortimer Cricket Club FIRST XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Kev Wright6.0119119.003.17
Toby Pateman10.012638.672.60
Roger Marshall7.012163.503.00
Sam Norman2.002500.0012.50