Terling Suffer Second Straight Defeat
Ingatestone take the spoils from the Dismals
On a very gloomy and wet Saturday afternoon it was Ingatestone who visited the Dismals with Terling looking to put last week’s horror show firmly behind them and they got off to a positive start by winning the toss!
Terling started well with the first few overs proving tricky for the batsmen but the Ingatestone openers soon settled and were scoring well without too much trouble, rotating the strike well and hitting the fence, where possible due to the slow outfield. It took the introduction of Terling premier spinner Craig Twin to make a breakthrough, bowling Blackman for a solid 22. The main damage came from the returning Wager who bowled very well in his 10 over spell taking five wickets for 36 including Grobler for a well played 55.
There were contributions from many of the Ingatestone batsmen, the most notable being Smith’s 35, so credit to the away side who perhaps due to their solid start posted a, probably par score, of 174-9. The last ball seeing a run out where Wilding threw to Dawson who missed the stumps where Taylor was lurking to take the bails off. Terling were left cursing their luck again with some drops in the field, both Wilsher and Humphries putting down catches when fielding straight; both will be quick to admit they should have taken the chance. Nevertheless at the half way stage there was a sense the game could go either way. Harrison got his match fee’s worth in the field – and was delighted when tea was served – yet, no beef and horseradish, much to his dismay!
In reply Terling made a steady start and cautious start with Chapman particularly tidy early on. With the pressure created by Chapman, Wilding deemed Tunnard to bowler to target but targeted him straight to cover for a simple catch. One might add, this was uncharacteristic of Wilding, who turned to his alter-ego, Wildo for the day and started aggressively, much to the delight of the grandstand! This brought Taylor (37) to the crease and after he got through his first couple of overs looked very fluid, for the second week in a row. Cullum (14) looked similar in terms of getting through his first few and then playing well but both batsmen giving catches, Cullum behind the stumps and Taylor deep to cow corner. That was the same for Dawson after he had a tidy start. At the point Harrison (31) was at the crease with Dawson and then Man of the Match, Wager, Terling had more than a sniff of victory. Harrison and Wager we knocking the required run rate off easily, until Wager decided to play across the line and was bowled. Moments later, Harrison fell the same way for a fine 31 – with the crowd delighted to see the village idiot back on form! From thereon in, Ingatestone knew it was only a matter of time and when Tompkin spooned a simple chance – it was all over.
Pleasingly, the wicket was outstanding, justifying the groundsman starting the roller at 06:15 on Matchday! When speaking to the press, local ginger biscuit, Ryan Dawson lamented his rough luck and pointed out he’s still the best cricketer in the Dawson family! Bowling, yet again is our strong point, yet, with time, our batting will come good… we hope!
Next up Terling host Rayleigh Fairview. Next week’s opponents have lost one and won one having comfortably beaten Woodham yesterday. The Sunday sides home game versus Benfleet was postponed but are due to be at home to Hatfield Peveral in the Warsop Stebbing Sunday League next weekend.