23/06/2018 – Eastwood 1st XI vs Terling CC 1st XI

A day out in the sun for Terling – and another victory!!

Another’s summers day has come and gone away. Well, a short drive to the seaside – and a game over before  the thriller of Mexico and South Korea had kicked off, and the Terling side were back home in the pub before 5pm.

Craaaaaigo won the toss and made the right decision to bowl first on the grassy wicket, you know what they say..if there’s grass on the wicket let’s play cricket!

Humphries and skipper Craigyyyy were the opening bowlers.

First ball of the day was dropped by Birdy behind the stumps, and it wasn’t long before Alex Taylor had dropped an absolute dollyyy in the slips, both from the bowling of Humphries who wasn’t best impressed with the poor catching display behind the stumps. Unlike normal, Dumpers took it in his stride and kept running in from the Car Park end!

Craigyyy got the breakthrough with A Twin taking an elegant catch at point, which two overs before you would have seen it go straight past him for 4!

Humphries picked up the other opener clean bowling him and sending the bails back to Wales.

Number 3 batsmen was well known to the Terling side having played against us numerous times over the years and always seemingly destroying our bowlers confidence. Hitting a solid 4 straight back over the bowlers head early on, it looked like he could be set for yet another good day, Humphries had other ideas, full delivery, outside off stump..sliced, skied, and god knows what else straight down the throat of G Woolfenden. The dream team even took the time to hug each other – a distinct change to when they last played football together, where they decided to exchange fisticuffs!

Terling were rattling the Eastwood side, taking wickets for fun! Marti even chipped in with a run out, after turning up 45 minutes late due to having a suit re fitted for his weeding after putting on some timber. Bless him. But, it must be said, his agility in the field was what turned the tide – and Terling were in to the tail. Rumour has it, Birdy was desperate to get things over and done with, so he could download WhatsApp and then relax and watch Ascot – his 20p each way bets were of great importance to affording a gallon of petrol – having driven Mrs Bird to Clacton for a day out earlier in the week!

Craigooo Twin was taking wickets consistently and took 4 wickets in the opening spell, with Humphries taking 3 and Cullum with a run out they were 8 down for not very many..

G Woolf (the Premier Woolfenden – after Cheryl & John!) and R Dawson were the first change bowlers and it wasn’t long before Woolfy had his name in the wicket Column for the first time this season. He then picked up his second and snapped the bail in half and halfway to Southend sea front. An all round excellent bowling performance from the Terling side. Skittling Eastwood for a very small total of 69. It would appear their other team on the adjoining pitch were suffering a similar fate – being all out for 109 versus OC’s!

Without even stopping for tea (much to dismay of Fatty Harrison), Wilding and Cullum went out to the middle, after Wilding hit a 4 in the first few overs you knew this wasn’t going to be a long game. Cullum was hitting a number of boundaries on the short leg side outfield, Cullum was first to fall for a very well played 36 – half of which was played with a badly damaged achilles and Wilding wasn’t long after having played well for his runs. His tendency to follow the wide outside off delivery with his bat had the crowd producing kittens on several occasions!

Alex “Mr T” Taylor was out in the middle with R Dawson, and the game was over in a flash. Dawson played the shot of the day and his career, beautifully caressing the ball through cover for 4, Job done and dusted!! After a pint and demolishing the tea, the squad were back in the car, on the way to the pub for another few jars and to watch the final few races…

Overall an easy, convincing win for Terling. No dropped catches or misfields for Harrison too, Terling now move up to 3rd in the league and entertain table toppers South Weald at The Dismals next week.

Tune in next week to Channel 44 news, I’ve been your reporter for the day, Liam Humphries

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