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26/05/2018 – Terling Make it Back to Back Wins

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

12/05/2018 – Terling vs. Ingatestone

Terling Suffer Second Straight Defeat

Ingatestone take the spoils from the Dismals

On a very gloomy and wet Saturday afternoon it was Ingatestone who visited the Dismals with Terling looking to put last week’s horror show firmly behind them and they got off to a positive start by winning the toss!

Terling started well with the first few overs proving tricky for the batsmen but the Ingatestone openers soon settled and were scoring well without too much trouble, rotating the strike well and hitting the fence, where possible due to the slow outfield. It took the introduction of Terling premier spinner Craig Twin to make a breakthrough, bowling Blackman for a solid 22. The main damage came from the returning Wager who bowled very well in his 10 over spell taking five wickets for 36 including Grobler for a well played 55.

There were contributions from many of the Ingatestone batsmen, the most notable being Smith’s 35, so credit to the away side who perhaps due to their solid start posted a, probably par score, of 174-9. The last ball seeing a run out where Wilding threw to Dawson who missed the stumps where Taylor was lurking to take the bails off. Terling were left cursing their luck again with some drops in the field, both Wilsher and Humphries putting down catches when fielding straight; both will be quick to admit they should have taken the chance. Nevertheless at the half way stage there was a sense the game could go either way. Harrison got his match fee’s worth in the field – and was delighted when tea was served – yet, no beef and horseradish, much to his dismay!

In reply Terling made a steady start and cautious start with Chapman particularly tidy early on. With the pressure created by Chapman, Wilding deemed Tunnard to bowler to target but targeted him straight to cover for a simple catch. One might add, this was uncharacteristic of Wilding, who turned to his alter-ego, Wildo for the day and started aggressively, much to the delight of the grandstand! This brought Taylor (37) to the crease and after he got through his first couple of overs looked very fluid, for the second week in a row. Cullum (14) looked similar in terms of getting through his first few and then playing well but both batsmen giving catches, Cullum behind the stumps and Taylor deep to cow corner. That was the same for Dawson  after he had a tidy start. At the point Harrison (31) was at the crease with Dawson and then Man of the Match, Wager, Terling had more than a sniff of victory. Harrison and Wager we knocking the required run rate off easily, until Wager decided to play across the line and was bowled. Moments later, Harrison fell the same way for a fine 31 – with the crowd delighted to see the village idiot back on form! From thereon in, Ingatestone knew it was only a matter of time and when Tompkin spooned a simple chance – it was all over.

Pleasingly, the wicket was outstanding, justifying the groundsman starting the roller at 06:15 on Matchday! When speaking to the press, local ginger biscuit, Ryan Dawson lamented his rough luck and pointed out he’s still the best cricketer in the Dawson family! Bowling, yet again is our strong point, yet, with time, our batting will come good… we hope!

Next up Terling host Rayleigh Fairview. Next week’s opponents have lost one and won one having comfortably beaten Woodham yesterday. The Sunday sides home game versus Benfleet was postponed but are due to be at home to Hatfield Peveral in the Warsop Stebbing Sunday League next weekend.

05/05/2018 – Terling vs. Woodham Mortimer

Déjà Vu At The Dismals

Terling skittled at home on the opening day for the second season in a row.

Terling suffered an early season blow at home (although it should have been away after a late venue change) to Woodham Mortimer on the opening day of the season on a beautiful day in May. In a lose the toss lose the game, Terlings Skip lost the toss and the rest they say is history.

Put into bat by Woodham, Terling suffered their first blow on the tenth ball of the day as Wilding played with his pad to a straight one, leaving the umpire the simplest of tasks and giving former Terlingite John Marshall the first of his five wickets. The first ten balls of the day misbehaved poorly but from then on it managed to settle down. Bird found himself in the strange position of 3 and made his way to the crease to see out some balls, which he did well until leaving a straight one. Prior to Bird’s dismissal Rahul Jagota looked in the mood, dispatching J Marshall for six over the longest boundary.

The difficulty Terling faced was that they lost wickets at regular intervals and scoring runs at irregular intervals leaving them to stagger to 69 all out, a slight improvement on last year.  For a while Alex Taylor threatened a big score playing some excellent cricket shots in difficult circumstances before he became the second LBW victim to old foe Roger Marshall.

There was room in the 69 all out for some controversy where, returning Terling favourite, Samuel J Norman, fresh from his one year sabbatical at Rayleigh, was bowled by a suspiciously high delivery from J Marshall. After some consultation the decision of ‘no ball’ was given leaving Sam the opportunity to go on and get his ton. He did not, however!

In reply Terling bowled well and kept it tight for the first few overs with Liam Humphries and in particular Ryan Dawson bowling well, the latter looking threatening every ball whereas the former, whilst tight, looked pretty flaccid. Ironically it was Humphries who took the first wicket, the batsmen gifting a catch to mid off where Jagota was waiting. Dawson somehow remained wicketless as a nick to the keeper was ignore by the latter leaving first slip to dive in vain and take the blame and Harrison at mid wicket having three goes at one drop.

Luke Wilsher and James Atkinson bowled well as the change bowlers, both taking two wickets but the damage was done in the first innings and whilst the wicket was not horrendous a chase of 100 would have been interesting.

After the game matchday captain, Alex Taylor said, ‘I was disappointed out there but I felt good with the bat personally, there will be more to come from me and the side. I was pleased with the bowling so I won’t look too much into this result. The toss was crucial and I failed – again’.

Next up for Terling they have their first ‘official’ home game against Ingatestone. The Sunday side kick off their Warsop Stebbing league fixtures away at Benfleet.