19/05/2018 – Terling 1st XI vs. Rayleigh Fairview

Terling Off The Mark With Convincing Win

Terling defeat division three champions Rayleigh Fairview

On Saturday Terling notched their first win of the season  at home to Rayleigh Fairview (last season’s division three winners) in a convincing bowling and batting performance, the latter down to one individual player in particular.

Terling’s wicket looked uncharacteristically flat and inviting to bat on, so it was no surprise that the away side, once winning the toss, opted to bat first. It was down to R Dawson and A Twin to take the new ball and whilst Dawson bowled well again down the hill, this could not be said about Adam Twin, who was withdrawn from the attack after just 2 overs. That being said, he will be called upon on Saturday and no doubt get more “bang for his buck”. It could have been different for Twin had he held onto a caught and bowled chance that was drilled, back towards him. A Twin is arguably the safest pair (or one of) of hands at Terling, and this sharp opportunity was juggled before momentum got the better of him. Furthermore, he had another opportunity, again, smashed with venom straight back at him, yet, this time, he couldn’t shift his momentum from one side, to another. Maybe Jonty RHodes in his pomp would have caught it, but likely no one else.

With the Fairview batsman playing well it could, on another day, have cost Terling but luckily it did not. Wager, bowling for the second week in a row in the unusual position of first change settled quickly and was in the wickets bowling the away skipper with one that kept very low. As previously mentioned, Dawson bowled well for his four wickets – there’s a story there, Atkinson contributed with a wicket with his very first ball, Tompkin took a couple and was on a hatrick so pleasingly all the bowlers played their part. There was even time for a Wilding run out with a direct hit. Wilding is not the most nimble in the field, yet he pounced on the deliberate mis-feld by Cullum and darted the ball direct at middle stump. Boom! The Terling Grandstand went wild as Terling restricted Fairview for a mere 127 – where the Terling squad felt 180 was par.

After a sumptuous lunch, kindly made by Lucy, the Chairman’s better half and full of scones, Terling set about their business in a steady fashion,  although they lost Wilding early as his nightmare season continues. This brought Taylor to the crease early again, something he does not like, and he apparently did not have time to warm up his feet as, despite contributing 22, struggled with his foot movement throughout which probably contributed to his LBW dismissal. Jagota played well throughout, chancing his luck at times and being dropped 3 times, for 80 not out and Cullum helped see the game off with a solid 8 not out, Terling winning comfortably by 8 wickets. Man of the Match was R Dawson for his 4 wickets, much to the dismay of Jagota.

After the game, captain again Alex Taylor said, ‘Good. A good win, a good team, good game’. When quizzed on his teams start however Taylor said, ‘Terrible. Terrible start, terrible team’. Harrison was outstanding in the field once again, yet, not required to display his batting prowess.

Next up for Terling is a travel to table topping Havering-atte-Bower whilst the Sunday team next play host to Little Baddow on Sunday 3 June.

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