Terling back to winning ways!
It was game day again at The Dismals, where Terling were hosting High Roding in a first half of the season, mid table clash. Wilding had the day off, to find form on a Sunday fixture, and Club Chairman, Tim Harrison was doing some bike thing for some reason..apparently did alright, pictures don’t look to appealing, however!
Craig “Craigoo” Twin was Captain for the day and lost the toss, usually this means Terling would be batting but for some reason the High Roding skipper elected to bat first.
R Dawson and G Woolfenden (the better of the two brothers) were opening the bowling. Both bowling some tight lines but getting edged for 4 on a number of occasions. Dawson was first to strike when the batsmen played a poor shot on to the safe hands of Jagota. Jagota has obviously been watching England and not Australia this season, as in previous seasons, he would not have dared damage his manicure!
It was time for a bowling change with Roding going along nicely, so in to the attack up the hill saw the introduction of Mr Reliable “Wager” who for the first time in his career was hit for 3 boundaries on the bounce, shortly after came Humphries down the hill, as usual, slightly earlier than the 30th over the previous week, it wasn’t long before Wager had the breakthrough just before drinks leaving Roding in a very daunting position of 98-2 at drinks (21 overs)
What came next was nothing short of a bowling masterclass, Wager struck next quickly after drinks, followed by Humphries bowling a short and wide one and the batsmen gifted Cullum with an easy catch, Humphries then picked up his second of the game when one was skied and came down with snow on it at mid wicket, Woolfenden taking a good catch to send the batsmen back to the hut. A stark contrast to the previous week, where he dropped a similar opportunity – much to the dismay of Dumphries!
Wickets began to flow for Terling with A Twin coming into the attack taking quick wickets and was on a Hat Trick at one point! His first in his 28 year career, Humphries then picked up another 2 and Twin picked up 3 wickets only going for 9 runs to close the Roding innings.
From 98-2 to 126 all out it was an excellent display from the Terling boys to take the final 8 wickets for less than 30 runs!
Pick of the bowlers Humphries and A Twin 4-29 and 3-9 respectively. No 5fer this week so Tim kept his wallet hidden for another week!!
Terling went out to bat in front of the growing crowd and it didn’t take long for Cullum to be back in the pavilion, clean bowled by the pacey opener from Roding, This bought Taylor to the crease, who was in good form and going along nicely, rumour has it, he fancies his chances of taking the batting award from Wilding this season! Jagota and Taylor began to build a good solid partnership and Terling were in a good position, Jagota was next to fall for 23 and in came Chief Keith, who supported Taylor very well and they too began to build a partnership, Keith was dismissed for 21 and then came the ever consistent Terling collapse, the middle order failed to do anything..Craigooo “skipper for the day”, wasn’t much point him going out to bat (where’s Wildo when you need him – probably having a private net session in preparation for his Sunday outing!) Woolfenden, R Dawson and Birdy all failed to really trouble the Roding bowlers scoring a solid 4 runs between them..all we needed was someone to support Taylor at the other end, just to stand there and tap it around and let Taylor finish it off..so in comes Mr Reliable, Wager, who did just that, finishing on 1* and Taylor finishing on a very well played 65*, by far the best batsmen Terling have had the last few years…Nahorniak who???
Terling deserved the win overall and put them in a good position approaching the halfway stage of the season. Bowlers are bowling well – as a unit, catches are (mostly) being held and our batting is improving. Even Grandad behind the stumps is keeping wicket in a fashion Tim Paine could only dream of!
Club “stalwart” A Hodgkiss had this to say after the game “I think it was a smart move to let WIlding find some form away from the glare of the media, unfortunately Cullum couldn’t capitalise, but the Chairman has my number, and if i’m not at speedway or eating pizza, i’m available!”
Thanks Andy for those inspirational words.
Tune in next week as Terling travel to Eastwood and the return of Wildoooo!
Thanks for listening, Liam Humphries – Channel 44 News