Terling Take Relegation Fight to Final Week.
On Saturday Terling entertained Eastwood, the side directly above them, knowing anything but a win would likely seal the end to their stay in division two and they did not have the best start by loosing the toss and being asked to bat.
It took Eastwood no less than three balls to take a wicket with the Harrison opening experiment simply not working as he gloved behind for a duck. The number three Bird, followed shortly dragging on as did Wilding, also playing on when attempting to leave the ball.
There was some calm play between Taylor (season hero) and Mitchell (Aussie import) for a brief while until Mitchell cut to gully and then Taylor hooked to shortish midwicket. Terling were in a spot of bother!
Never fear, Keith was there, playing steadily, valuing his wicket and was very well assisted by Tomo after Liam had been and gone pushing a huge six over mid off.
90 odd for 6 didn’t make good reading but the pitch was proving tricky and there was a feeling that 150 could be enough. Keith and Tomo braved there way through a tricky period and Despite loosing Tomo late, both Ryan helped his Dad with the scoring plus Spooner who ran well as Terling finished on 146-8.
Tea was served and a magnificent feast it was. Homemade cakes, quiches, scones, sausage rolls and delicious sandwiches. Terling’s famous Tea was bang on point and surely helped Terling in what was going to be a very tough ask for a team void of confidence and luck!!
To defend this low total Terling needed a great start. They didn’t really get it as perhaps as early as they’d have liked but once the first wicket came, middled straight to Bird who is closing in on the catching award – how is a keeper eligible, goodness me, off the bowling of Humphries, Terling were in the wickets regularly. The second wicket fell, later than it should have with Atkinson ‘blaming the sun’ for a failed attempt, but don’t worry, Wilding volunteered to switch with him and took his first of three catches to dismiss the opening batsman off the bowling of Tomo.
Terling took regular wickets and had Eastwood at 47-7, Humphries, Tomo and Atkinson who took two in two – another catch for Wilding despite Tomo’s best efforts to get in the way – obviously didn’t hear the whisper of a call, all in the wickets as Terling were now firm favourites for the game.
Perhaps we spoke to soon as a disastrous over from Spooner put Eastwood back in contention and his bowling day was soon over after bowling two above waste no balls. A disappointing day for the youngster but he will come again.
It was down to skipper Keith to finish the over and he did it well so rewarded himself with a few more. Eastwood were still going well, the young left hander in particular but a swipe across the line let Terling back is as Atkinson picked up his third.
For the 9th wicket to fall it took a sensational catch from Dawson at slip off the bowling of Tomo (not a real slip catch then – slow bowling) but with the score reaching the 120’s and the odd boundary being struck, man like AT and Keith, returning at the bottom, still had work to do.
Keith was adamant that he had his man and the game won with what seemed to be a plum LBW but replays suggest there was bat involved, it hit him outside the line and it was going down leg, not out it was. Not to worry, Keith rolled back the years with a completely unnecessary dive for a caught and bowled – winning the game for Terling and propelling them to within one point of their opponents and a few from Ingatestone.
Whilst Terling may still be favourites to go down they know that a win at top of the league South Weald will give them a very good chance. Whatever happens, with an all too familiar host of players injured/unavailable/flaccid excuses, Terling have taken it to the last game and can be proud by this win.
After the game Country boy Keith said, ‘An excellent result and performance from an excellent bunch of people (except Ryan). I’m really pleased. We’ve taken it to the last game and we’re still in with a shout.
Next up for Terling is a trip to table topping South Weald, knowing anything but a win will likely see them relegated.
Match report: A Wilding