Home to Rayleigh II
The season was back and the whites had been dusted off for the 2019 season, Big Time Bazza was in the side with his shiny new customised boots! Terling welcomed Rayleigh II whom were relegated from Div 1 last year.
Chief Keith lost the toss and Terling were sent in to bat, due to the return of Krish Govender, Adam Wilding was placed lower down the order, much to his dismay, Govender and O Dawson opened the batting and got off to a flyer, both freeing the wrists and playing some shots! Terling were quickly on the front foot with the scoreboard ticking along nicely. Krish was first to fall on 48 after a leading edge went straight back to the bowler, I think it was more jug avoidance than anything! In came Alex Taylor, and then off went Alex Taylor scoring just 1, failing to get off to a good start and follow in the form of last season. Marti Cullum was in next and was presented with 3 full tosses which he failed to dispatch and ended up being bowled round the legs. Owen Dawson then fell for a very well played 26, Big Time Bazza was at the crease and it’s a good job he was in form! Sending the left arm slow bowler all around Terling, especially the leg side boundary. The downpour of rain meant that the game was reduced to 38 overs so Terling needed to put some runs on the board quickly, Chief Keith and Big Woolf were setting terling up for a good finish. That changed when Big Bazza departed for a superb and quick fire 32, Adam Wilding was next in and with not many overs left the run rate started to slow down, Chief was ticking it over at the other end and with Wilding to fall next, Big man John Marshall was next to the wicket, he didn’t hang around and hit 2 leg side 4s quickly before being bowled, Humphries to the crease passing a late fitness held his bat at one end for 4 balls, Keith was bowled by the left hander, Atkinson in next and played a beautiful shot the point boundary for 4 runs, followed by a quick single putting Humphries on strike to run another quick single. Atkinson faces the last bowl and the pair ran a one, 166 off the 38 overs and the innings was at a close.
Tea was up and oh my daysssss if the Teas carry on like this for the rest of the season there will be some serious boot camp fitness sessions required for end of season, brownie was on offer aswell as Lucy’s delicious crispy cakes, they are a winner all round! Amelia kindly made the club a cake which went down a treat (see pictures on Facebook). Liam Humphries took arguably the biggest piece of cake one man could ever eat – so much that he had to put some aside to finish after he’d fielded!
Terling went out to field and Big Time Bazzas new spikes saw some action with him opening down the hill, Johnny Boy Marshall up the hill. It wasn’t long before the wickets came. First opener gone caught behind off T Woolf, the second was caught behind off Marshall. Yes you’ve read it right, Grandad held two catches – in fact he didn’t drop anything – and continues to use any part of his body to stop the ball getting past him. Ben Foakes should be concerned.
Terling took wickets on a consistent basis without the Rayleigh batsmen really troubling the scoring, T Woolf’s slower ball was out of this world, potentially earning him an England call up just in time for the World Cup. Woolf’s slower ball then claimed two quick wickets both coming in half a mile and hitting middle stump! John Marshall was consistent at the other end keeping the scoring down and also take another wicket. Tris Woolf then wrapped up his 5fer with another slower ball that came in half a mile, 9 overs bowled and 5 wickets taken, 3 slower balls all bowled, Birdy and Humphries taking catches for the other two. That was enough for Bazza as he strode off the pitch without paying his match fee, proudly proclaiming he was obviously a shoe in for man of the match – and most likely to receive a call to sort the Brexit debacle up.
The scoreboard wasn’t getting updated regularly much to the disgust of the Terling fielders, as the chap who was manning the score book had disappeared into the horses filed to watch the game.
All Terling knew is that they were on their way to a very convincing win to start the season, Even Big Time Owen Dawson chipped in with two wickets to wrap the game up! Rayleigh were skittled for 84.
A fantastic day was had by all, the players and the fans that came to support their club! We had a happy chairman! 100% record to start the season and the promotion push!
Thank you for listening, I’ve been your reporter for the day and will be back next week when we travel up to visit High Roding, one of the favourites for promotion this season – what a game we have in store for you!
Liam Humphries – Channel 4 News – #OneClub #WeAreGoingUp
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
Big Time Barry makes his long awaited return
Game day came around after one of the hottest summers week of the Century, which meant only one thing, somewhere around the country Terling were in action. They were hosting a high flying Havering at The Dismals.
A couple of changes made to the side from the previous weeks abysmal batting performance at Rayleigh, Humphries passed a late fitness test due to a back injury, Wilding made the side and was given another chance to improve with the bat. Tesco all rounder Andy Hodgkiss, all time legend got himself in the side due to his outstanding performance at the start of the season away to Havering (1 ball, 1 wicket – better bowler the Dumphries) and Big Time Barry finally wielded to the Chairman’s incessant WhatsApps and made himself available – having guaranteed the Chairman 3 wickets and 30 runs…
Terling found themselves in the field first under the dark clouds hovering over the village, K Dawson, skipper for the day, opened the bowling with his favourite son, Ginge (no doubt wanting protect the little mite from the sun due later on) and opening up the hill with Quizzimodo Tompkin.
It wasn’t long before Sammy the Sealion flapped at one behind the stumps and dropped it, in Tompkins first over. Rumour has it, he was more worried about the 50p he still owed Mark Ovenden from 2007 for petrol money.
Dawson was the first to get the breakthrough clean bowling the opening batsmen. The opening bowlers then didn’t have much luck as the number 2 and 3 of Havering looked settled. This was until G Woolfenden came up the hill to the left handed opener, it looked like he had skied one over cover and the ball would have raced away for 4. Humphries jumped and stuck one hand up in the air like leaping salmon, snatching the ball majestically out of the sky – casually – just like plucking apples from a tree. Wicket number 2 for Terling. G Woolfenden raced over to embrace Dumpers, along with the entire squad – these guys then set about organising a duvet day to watch the Loved Island finale. Woolfy then had his second victim of the day trapped LBW, overweight, big brother , Barry wasn’t having much luck at the opposite end bowling his slow leg spin/off spin/ whatever it was – even he couldn’t tell you!
On came the skipper to see if he could unsettle this dangerous partnership, looked like he had there best batsmen plum LBW, however much to the disappointment of the Terling side, the umpire was having none of it, and was somehow given not out.
Tompkin came back on up the hill and was next to take a wicket, danger man at number 3 who was settled and could easily have changed the game was caught fantastically on the boundary by Hodgkiss, who chucked his fag out of his mouth, dropped his speedway scorecard, trundled 15 yards..and took a sliding catch in front of the boundary rope. Observers in the grandstand were on their feet applauding, the Terling players ecstatic – and Andy just as casual as ever – stating he hadn’t seen it and didn’t know what all the fuss was about. He thought he was catching a cake!!
A few bowling changes and Humphries was given an over, Big Time Barry came back into the attack and much to his delight picked up his first wicket, A Taylor was even chucked the ball towards the end, even he managed to pick up a wicket! An awful full toss which wasn’t put away and safe hands Tompkin sent the batsmen back to the pavilion. There was a run out from Club Chairman Harrison, after an awful misfield, the batsmen got mixed up and Harrison threw one to the bowlers end where the skipper made no mistake in dislodging the bails from a few yards away! Kinda made up for him dropping a dolly at slip… £2 to the beer fund much to the delight of The Sealion!!
The Havering innings was all but over and were restricted to 199 off their 45 overs, which at one point, looked like they could have got 40-50 more runs.
Terling required 200 to win off 45 overs at a rate of just under 4.5 an over this was no easy task for Terling, especially with Wilding and Bird opening the batting. The skipper told the opening pair, he wanted us to be at 25 off the first 10 overs. Fortunately, Maths teacher Wildo can count, as Terling were 28 off 9… Terling knew they needed to get off to a good start and a few fours coming from Birdy (who celebrates his birthday on Thursday) was obviously getting a bit excited, hitting 4 boundaries, the most he’s hit since the early 70s.
He was first to fall being bowled by a slower ball, by slower we mean lucky if it hit 10mph…
This brought Alex Taylor to the crease who also wasn’t out there for long but hit a very quick 25 before being trapped plum LBW… His mother, however, did make a wonderful Victoria sponge for tea, which more than made up for his lack of runs and several dropped catches in the field!!
In came skipper K Dawson to join Wilding who was going about his usual duties just plodding along before he was caught for a steady 20. Just what the squad needed, however, Wilding must have felt a tad unfortunate having seen off the opening bowlers and starting to loosen his shoulders, to dolly one to cover…
Big Time Barry – time to step up… in front of his wife (who was wearing oversized sunglasses, so we cannot confirm whether she was actually awake or not!!)and boyyyyy did he, joining the captain at the middle still needing 120 to win, was a Terling collapse going to happen like it usually does? Not on your Nelly… Dawson fell for 23 so in came part timer Hodgkiss, who just looks to be aging more and more every week. Must be a tough job stacking those shelves!
Anyway… that part timer hit a beautiful 4 (much to the delight of the Chairman, who was busy reminiscing about when he and Andy were actually good!) Andy was admirably supporting Barry at the other end, who was starting to crash the ball all around Terling, the target looking less and less in danger and Barry capable of bringing the boys home. Hodgkiss fell, so younger brother Gavin joined Tris at the crease…
Surely these 2 would bring us home? Nope – Gavlarr was there to congratulate Tristan who had just reached his 50 and then Gavin was bowled. In came Humphries’s with a nervy Terling balcony, 12 was required from 4 overs Big Time Barry said we can do this in singles? So first ball Humphries carts the opening bowler over mid wicket for 6, all but over now ..next ball the bowler goes for revenge, bowling a no ball at the head of Humphries – who then ran a single to put Barry on strike, the big man then clipped the opener off his legs playing a wonderful 4 behind square…
Wimbledon may be over but this was certainly GAME, SET and MATCH.
Job done T Woolfenden finishing on a match winning 59* #Hero. Thankfully so, as the Chairman had worn out all the grass surrounding the pavilion, pacing around, nervously expectant!
Tune in next week when we make the lengthy journey to Burnham on Crouch, I’m not really sure where that is, but it could be near the sea side..so hopefully the weather holds off and the Terling boys bring the points home.
I’ve been your reporter for today’s game, until next week toodle pip
Due to some bad weather midweek, Channel 44 we’re unable to get to the game this week. Liam Humphries Channel 69 news.
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
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
Lt Waltham batsmen too good for Terling
In a much anticipated fixture, Terling travelled the long distance to Lt Waltham and were promptly presented with a “road” batting track.
We went to bat, and scored 244
We had tea
We bowled – and Lt Waltham gobbled up our bowling!
Full match report to follow… hopefully!
Next up, a home fixture – High Roding are the visitors. 1pm start, entry fee is zero – tea & coffee in abundance!
Such is the demand from people within the village, we are also, hopefully, fielding 2 sides on Sunday – with a League game away – and (player numbers permitting) a home fixture TBC!
Terling make it a Hat Trick of wins in a row…
On Saturday Terling hosted Burnham Sports looking for a third consecutive win. Despite winning the toss Wilding was immediately relieved of his captain responsibilities much to his annoyance and the delight of the rest of the squad as Wager had arrived just in time for kick off!
Terling elected to field and after a slow start from openers Jagota and the returning G Woolfenden (no you didn’t read that wrong) soon began to take wickets at regular intervals. The wickets were shared around mainly between Wager (3), Tompkin (3) and Twin (2) but there was also a wicket for Jagota, again that’s not a misprint, whilst the returning big W went wicketless. Terling fielded impressively throughout and caught well but none more so that Taylor taking a sharp one at first slip, although it was straight at him, no dive or anything required so he should have caught it, I wish I had one that went straight to me! Cullum also contributed with an impressive one a half stump to aim at direct hit. Burnham could only post 112, a below par score even for Terling.
In reply Terling made a shaky start loosing Jagota and Taylor early, the latter unable to build on his masterclass ton from the previous week. Wilding was keeping the good stuff at bay and Cullum joined him in similar fashion. The change bowler brought Cullum’s dismissal, one he will be disappointed with, missing a sweep and being bowled leg stump.
This brought K Dawson to the crease for his first (and hopefully many after his performance) go of the season and was able to stick around and chip away at the target on his way to 51. Before this Terling has lost Wilding, Harrison and Woolfenden so loosing Dawson LBW made a nervy finish. Finished it was though for the loss of 7 as Wager and Twin knocked off the final runs required.
Terling have now won three on the bounce and the early Eason jitters now seem firmly behind them. Skipper Wager said, ‘it’s a good win, a bit closer than we’d have liked but the important thing is we won. Who would have though you’d have Adam Twin nudging a one to win a game?’
Next up for Terling is a journey to Little Waltham. Ticket information is available from Little Waltham website.
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
SKIPPER RUSTY RUStLES UP ANOTHER WIN!
On Sunday 20th May Terling’s young/old/middle aged and spreading Panda army took on local friends Hatfield Peverel.
This was the second Warsop League fixture of 2018, with the previous week being a walkover for Terling….but only because Benfleet could not field a side!
Skipper Russell Thorpe was delighted to get out a decent 11 players on the day – and managed to do so with ease! We’ve heard rumours that some clubs struggle with players dropping out due to tummy ache, some kind of offside inspection, being under the thumb etc. – but not at our club!
On a glorious day and following the Saturday joy of All Stars plus a 1st XI win, Thorpe won the toss and decided today was the day that we bat first. This is a rarity for Terling as we’ve for some time now considered ourselves a bowling outfit. Talking of bowling outfits, Gary Pipe rolled up around 12.55 for the 12.20 meet. He turned up with a bowl and looking like he’d be ‘sticking out of – and not fit in, his kit…someone had a good winter! Several people seemed to struggle with the time concept, we’ll be telling them to meet at 9am soon!
Peter Tompkin and Kritik Patel to open the batting, with both looking in good touch. The runs flowed nicely, no big blows but they kept it ticking. Hatfield looked a bit worried and turned to Essex over-70 player Frank Watts. This proved a top decision as the slow pace deceived Patel and he was bowled ‘top of off’.
Ankush Jagota came in at 3 and decided he was not going to adopt the patient style of batting. A few decent shots before a rush of blood resulted in him being stumped for 13, unlucky for some!!
So in came Mr Pipe to prove the skipper that he ‘has it’. He did! Four 4’s and two 6’s later and Gary retired 53 not out, a very decent knock indeed. In the meantime Tompkin and Thorpe had both departed. Tompkin claiming the ball was thrown at him yet he didn’t see it (?) and Thorpe claiming a poor bounce. Such relics of Cricket should know there’s no excuses left and just accept they missed the red…sorry orange thing. Yes, the bright orange ball that could easily be used for a night game, without the need for floodlights!
A nice partnership followed between Ben Spooner and Sam Norman, Ben batting very solidly but stepping it up to keep the score ticking. There was even time for a ‘rarer than a Royal Wedding’ moment with Sambo hitting a six back over the bowlers head! Ben remained 22 not out whilst Sam fell for a decent 25, off the bowling of Hatfield’s own Thorpe. Anddddyyyy did his best to put his back out, swiping wildly at a few balls before generously giving his wicket to Hatfield’s youngest player. The same bowler performed quite a trick delivery, passing wind whilst releasing the ball. Luckily only the bowler and umpire noticed!
Terling finished up with a decent 206-7 off of 40 overs. Tea time was upon, the most important time! Richard Wood-Kneller was showing the youngsters how it’s done, by having an apple and a banana for tea. The rest of us opted for crisps and cake – little do we know!
Disciplinary action may be taken against the skipper as his girlfriend not only did plenty of the Kitchen chores, but, much to the dismay of many, also undid his laces and prepared his boots for the fielding session! Tommo took great delight in telling everyone!
Back on to the pitch and it was James Atkinson and Ben Spooner to start. Both bowled well, with James getting the better of it and taking 3 for 8 off of his 5 overs, including two wickets in two balls. With wickets falling regularly it seemed Terling were well on top. Young Henry (14) was brought into the attack and ended up bowling the most overs, taking 3 wickets for 24 off of 8, a fine effort indeed. There was even time for Henry to run out his sister, a moment he enjoyed but probably brought some awkward silences/arguments later that evening! Kritik, Ankush, Andy and Sam all had decent spells, star man Gary also getting a couple of overs in. Ankush took a superb caught and bowled which is not something we see very often at Terling! Whilst bowling, Gary was being called Sam regularly by the banter boys Andy and Ankush – not sure why?! We do not need mention the other bowler, although it was slow, wide and rubbish. A mention must go to Mr Wood-Kneller who took two catches behind the stumps.
Hatfield finished up 135 all out in the last over. So two ‘wins’ for the Sunday team now, with a very positive day enjoyed by all. A top weekend for Terling CC all round. Our next Sunday fixture is a home friendly against Little Baddow, Sunday 03rd June.