20/05/2018 – Terling Sunday Pandas vs Hatfield Peverel


On Sunday 20th May Terling’s young/old/middle aged and spreading Panda army took on local friends Hatfield Peverel.

This was the second Warsop League fixture of 2018, with the previous week being a walkover for Terling….but only because Benfleet could not field a side!

Skipper Russell Thorpe was delighted to get out a decent 11 players on the day – and managed to do so with ease! We’ve heard rumours that some clubs struggle with players dropping out due to tummy ache, some kind of offside inspection, being under the thumb etc. – but not at our club!

On a glorious day and following the Saturday joy of All Stars plus a 1st XI win, Thorpe won the toss and decided today was the day that we bat first. This is a rarity for Terling as we’ve for some time now considered ourselves a bowling outfit. Talking of bowling outfits, Gary Pipe rolled up around 12.55 for the 12.20 meet. He turned up with a bowl and looking like he’d be ‘sticking out of – and not fit in, his kit…someone had a good winter! Several people seemed to struggle with the time concept, we’ll be telling them to meet at 9am soon!

Peter Tompkin and Kritik Patel to open the batting, with both looking in good touch. The runs flowed nicely, no big blows but they kept it ticking. Hatfield looked a bit worried and turned to Essex over-70 player Frank Watts. This proved a top decision as the slow pace deceived Patel and he was bowled ‘top of off’.

Ankush Jagota came in at 3 and decided he was not going to adopt the patient style of batting. A few decent shots before a rush of blood resulted in him being stumped for 13, unlucky for some!!

So in came Mr Pipe to prove the skipper that he ‘has it’. He did! Four 4’s and two 6’s later and Gary retired 53 not out, a very decent knock indeed. In the meantime Tompkin and Thorpe had both departed. Tompkin claiming the ball was thrown at him yet he didn’t see it (?) and Thorpe claiming a poor bounce. Such relics of Cricket should know there’s no excuses left and just accept they missed the red…sorry orange thing. Yes, the bright orange ball that could easily be used for a night game, without the need for floodlights!

A nice partnership followed between Ben Spooner and Sam Norman, Ben batting very solidly but stepping it up to keep the score ticking. There was even time for a ‘rarer than a Royal Wedding’ moment with Sambo hitting a six back over the bowlers head! Ben remained 22 not out whilst Sam fell for a decent 25, off the bowling of Hatfield’s own Thorpe. Anddddyyyy did his best to put his back out, swiping wildly at a few balls before generously giving his wicket to Hatfield’s youngest player. The same bowler performed quite a trick delivery, passing wind whilst releasing the ball. Luckily only the bowler and umpire noticed!

Terling finished up with a decent 206-7 off of 40 overs. Tea time was upon, the most important time! Richard Wood-Kneller was showing the youngsters how it’s done, by having an apple and a banana for tea. The rest of us opted for crisps and cake – little do we know!

Disciplinary action may be taken against the skipper as his girlfriend not only did plenty of the Kitchen chores, but, much to the dismay of many, also undid his laces and prepared his boots for the fielding session! Tommo took great delight in telling everyone!

Back on to the pitch and it was James Atkinson and Ben Spooner to start. Both bowled well, with James getting the better of it and taking 3 for 8 off of his 5 overs, including two wickets in two balls. With wickets falling regularly it seemed Terling were well on top. Young Henry (14) was brought into the attack and ended up bowling the most overs, taking 3 wickets for 24 off of 8, a fine effort indeed. There was even time for Henry to run out his sister, a moment he enjoyed but probably brought some awkward silences/arguments later that evening! Kritik, Ankush, Andy and Sam all had decent spells, star man Gary also getting a couple of overs in. Ankush took a superb caught and bowled which is not something we see very often at Terling! Whilst bowling, Gary was being called Sam regularly by the banter boys Andy and Ankush – not sure why?! We do not need mention the other bowler, although it was slow, wide and rubbish. A mention must go to Mr Wood-Kneller who took two catches behind the stumps.

Hatfield finished up 135 all out in the last over. So two ‘wins’ for the Sunday team now, with a very positive day enjoyed by all. A top weekend for Terling CC all round. Our next Sunday fixture is a home friendly against Little Baddow, Sunday 03rd June.

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