05/05/2018 – Terling vs. Woodham Mortimer

Déjà Vu At The Dismals

Terling skittled at home on the opening day for the second season in a row.

Terling suffered an early season blow at home (although it should have been away after a late venue change) to Woodham Mortimer on the opening day of the season on a beautiful day in May. In a lose the toss lose the game, Terlings Skip lost the toss and the rest they say is history.

Put into bat by Woodham, Terling suffered their first blow on the tenth ball of the day as Wilding played with his pad to a straight one, leaving the umpire the simplest of tasks and giving former Terlingite John Marshall the first of his five wickets. The first ten balls of the day misbehaved poorly but from then on it managed to settle down. Bird found himself in the strange position of 3 and made his way to the crease to see out some balls, which he did well until leaving a straight one. Prior to Bird’s dismissal Rahul Jagota looked in the mood, dispatching J Marshall for six over the longest boundary.

The difficulty Terling faced was that they lost wickets at regular intervals and scoring runs at irregular intervals leaving them to stagger to 69 all out, a slight improvement on last year.  For a while Alex Taylor threatened a big score playing some excellent cricket shots in difficult circumstances before he became the second LBW victim to old foe Roger Marshall.

There was room in the 69 all out for some controversy where, returning Terling favourite, Samuel J Norman, fresh from his one year sabbatical at Rayleigh, was bowled by a suspiciously high delivery from J Marshall. After some consultation the decision of ‘no ball’ was given leaving Sam the opportunity to go on and get his ton. He did not, however!

In reply Terling bowled well and kept it tight for the first few overs with Liam Humphries and in particular Ryan Dawson bowling well, the latter looking threatening every ball whereas the former, whilst tight, looked pretty flaccid. Ironically it was Humphries who took the first wicket, the batsmen gifting a catch to mid off where Jagota was waiting. Dawson somehow remained wicketless as a nick to the keeper was ignore by the latter leaving first slip to dive in vain and take the blame and Harrison at mid wicket having three goes at one drop.

Luke Wilsher and James Atkinson bowled well as the change bowlers, both taking two wickets but the damage was done in the first innings and whilst the wicket was not horrendous a chase of 100 would have been interesting.

After the game matchday captain, Alex Taylor said, ‘I was disappointed out there but I felt good with the bat personally, there will be more to come from me and the side. I was pleased with the bowling so I won’t look too much into this result. The toss was crucial and I failed – again’.

Next up for Terling they have their first ‘official’ home game against Ingatestone. The Sunday side kick off their Warsop Stebbing league fixtures away at Benfleet.

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