PUBLISHED: 09:30 16 June 2015
Latest blog from Harold Wood's Chris Bennett
Harold Wood was largely unable to capitalise on the recent victories thanks to having a bunch of useless coin flippers.
The ones were unable to get over the line against Brentwood. With the game reduced to 39 overs, the Wood posted 173 that was chased down in the last over by the opposition, who finished nine down.
Yet another case of ‘so near, so far’ for the first team. Two losses by under 10 runs, not being able to roll over the last two South Woodford wickets and now this loss shows that with a little more luck they Wood should be riding high in the Premier as opposed to their current sticky situation.
The twos have watched too much of the current ODI series between England and New Zealand. In drizzly conditions on a tough pitch the twos obviously decided that 300 would be par given the shots on show. Being rolled for 113 in only 26 overs was not part of the plan.
The threes had a similar story on the back pitch against the same opposition, Wickford.
A target of 126 was not enough for the side, despite a first ever hat-trick for Bill Mortimer. This became four wickets in five balls, but this was in vein.
Remarkably, Harold Wood fourth XI chased 90, with eight down. Joe Stallibrass took five wickets whilst Dean Eades picked up four. It should be mentioned that Joe Stallibrass dropped what would have been Dean’s fifth wicket and picked up the fifth himself soon after. What a great team player, as otherwise the vice-chairman would have been insufferable all evening.
The fives could not force victory, despite posting a challenging 205-8 in the first innings, but the promotion charge for the twos, three, fours and fives continues.
On Sunday, the first team were knocked out of the Essex League cup by Billericay. Amazingly, the Wood managed to concede a mere 65 extras in only 45 overs resulting in Billericay posting 305. This was a challenging total that the home side fell short ironically by 65 runs, Burhan Mahmood scoring an enterprising 72 in the final total of 240.
*Harold Wood Cricket Club, in conjunction with Simply Cricket, is running a player of the weekend award throughout this season. Bill Mortimer won the award this weekend for his four wickets in five balls. He joins such illustrious names as a winner of the award as Ian Wooding, Anthony McManus, Liam Brooks, Chris Clarke and Richard Bonner.