Taylor Made for Terling at the Bower
On Saturday Terling visited unbeaten Havering-Atte-Bower looking to build on the success of last week’s win against Rayleigh Fairview. Arriving at the characteristically outstanding batting track, with a wonderful vista over the City of London, there was a seeming reluctance from either team to bat first with the overnight rain but at the same time it was a toss that either side probably was not too bothered to lose. It was Terling who lost and Harrison and Wilding were soon padding up and the former unpadding soon after as he edged behind for one. This brought Alex Taylor to the crease, who ‘want’s to come in in the 10th/11th over’, in the second over – not for the first time this season it must be said!!
Havering’s openers bowled well, particularly Paine from the windmill end ably assisted by his skipper from the London end. Both bowlers kept Wilding and Taylor in check, particularly Paine to Wilding, the latter more than happy to wave deliveries goodbye as they passed wide of the stumps. It was the introduction of the change bowlers that led to a change in the game and it was at this point that Terling got the upper hand. After Harrison had departed on 1 with the score also on 1, Taylor and Wilding went about putting on a superb and contrasting partnership made up of excellent cricket shots, powerful hitting (Taylor) and outstanding blocking (Wilding) as they amassed a partnership of 131, with Wilding contributing a solid and elegant 28 and Taylor scratching his way to 102. It was to be broken in the 31st over though as Wilding edged behind and skipper for the day Craig Twin (7) soon followed as did centurion Taylor (102).
With the fall of quick wickets (standard Terling!) panic began to set in on the Terling balcony as another missed opportunity for was seemingly passing them, but Wager (39) and Ryan Dawson (32) had other ideas!! Both displayed intelligent stroke play and boundary hitting, particularly Dawson’s three sixes in a row. Wager was not to be outdone though as he slog swept Havering’s best bowler, Paine over cow corner for six – arguably shot of the day. The partnership was broken in calamitous fashion though as neither batsman took charge of the call of a second run and as Dawson was sent back the ball came in and rebounded off the bowler onto the stumps as he was just short. Had the ball been taken cleanly and then the bails taken, Ryan would have almost definitely have been safe.
Bird came in ahead of power players Adam Twin, Hodgkiss and Norman to the surprise of a few but ably assisted the target of 250 by hitting a couple of boundaries and running aggressively for his 14. Adam Twin (6) came in for the last three balls; wild swing – edged for four, wild swing – miss, wild swing – skied for two. Terling ended on, what many would agree, above par 252-7
In reply Terling made a positive start with Craig Twin (bowling seam) and Dawson bowling well. It was the day’s captain who made the breakthrough as one cut back in and there was a wooded noise as keeper Bird put down a catch there was brief moaning but then celebration as Twin had discovered that the noise was not bat but bail – Havering’s number 2 was clean bowled! In came Hurley at number three and after a watchful start, began to play some very confident shots, none more so than a push for six off Dawson back over his head – this guy looked like he could chase the runs by himself. It was ever the more frustrating that Harrison dropped him at mid on in what was a very tough chance (!), the ball swirling in the wind as it came down with ice on it and despite Harrison looking extremely confident and assured of the catch he completely missed it – the ball must have surely have changed trajectory at the last second. Luckily for Terling it was not to be as Wager on at the windmill end sent one back in to Hurley and bowled him off his pad for 27. Havering’s opener was still in and looking dangerous but he edged behind off Wager to Bird who, it must be said, rolled back the years, considerably, and took a diving, flying call it what you like but he took it safely at about 2 o’clock! This man had pet dinosaurs as a child, yet he snared a catch Jonny Bairstow would be proud of!
After the two danger men were out, Terling felt assured of victory and with the run rate slowing, it did seem a case of when, not if, Terling were to win. It was now just a case of whether they could bowl the home side out to grab maximum points. To cut a long story short, all the bowlers, except from Ryan Dawson, took a wicket. There were even spells from the Terling express Sam Norman (4-0-19-2) and new signing from Witham CC, Ben Spooner (4-1-20-1). One might also point out, that Harrison excelled himself again, dropping a “simple” catch off the Ginger Ninja – however, he drove Ryan to the game, so he was let off too much abuse! Despite their spells they were unable to complete the victory and Havering went into the last over on 190-9, Terling needing one wicket for the win.
The ball was surprisingly given to Hodgkiss, as Wilding had had a word in the Chairman’s ear a few overs earlier to ‘give him a go’ as, bless him, Andy hadn’t batted and stood at fine leg and long off the whole game – doing it as good as anyone mind you! So, last over, Hodgkiss with ball, one wicket for Terling needed to secure max points, 63 runs required by Havering for an unlikely win. What would happen? Would Andy concede the 63 runs, somehow, would he take a wicket, or the more likely bowl some filth get hit a bit but still Terling win? It was the middle of those options and it only took him one ball as he fired one in at leg stump and as the batsman stepped away he saw his leg stump fall slightly back in it’s spot – game over. Terling win by 62 runs.
After the game, captain for the day Craig Twin said, ‘That’s it for me now as captain, I’m calling it a day there. I did enjoy it but the side needs a new man to lead the charge’. Andy, elated having been cheated to the man of the match award by centurion Taylor said, ‘Although there was no question I was MOM, I am happy for the team’s win. I am a genuine first team bowler but no doubt i’ll be back in the Warsop league bowling this magic, Andy out’.
Next up for Terling is a home game versus Burnham Sports (weather permitting) whilst the Sunday side are back in action on Sunday at home to Anson St George. Both games are a 1pm start. Tickets in advance are £0 and are then £0 on the gate