Epping Cricket Club Saturday Third XI v Ongar on Sat 20 May 2006 at 1.30
Epping Cricket Club Lost 9 wickets

Match report This week the Thirds played host their local rivals Ongar.

On a very damp track and with the rain clouds looking all game the toss was quite a vital element in the game. Also with the Ongar lads only able to field 9 men bowling first was what was wanted. Unfortunately Ongar won the toss and elected to field first, even with 9 men which shows how significant the damp pitch was.

After his half century last week Sanger opened the Epping innings with Ed Holden. With some tight bowling and conditions suiting the bowlers the batsmen knew that they just needed to bid their time and take the runs when they came. Unfortunately Holden played a loose shot to a ball that did not quite bounce enough and was bowled. With Sanger being caught after miss timing a cut shot both openers were back in the pavilion thanks to some sloppy stoke play. Jim Twitchett, batting at number 3, got his head down and did exactly what was required. He was ably supported for spells by Colin Offord and Ed Piller but no one seemed to have the patience of Twitchett, who was building a brick wall against some accurate Ongar bowling. Epping’s batsman seemed destined to get themselves out and none offered enough support to Jim Twitchett who was scoring well. Twitchett carried his bat and finished on a very defiant and vital 55 not out showing the other Epping lads what needed to be done. All the Ongar bowlers were in good form with Andow needing to be carried from the field after a mammoth effort of 5-34 off 23 overs. He was assisted by Wood 2-17 and groves 3-20.
Epping finished their innings on 107 all out but knew that on the damp pitch and with only 8 wickets required victory was not as far fetched as it might have seen.

Epping then took the field in an upbeat mood looking to keep it tight and take some much needed early wickets. Unfortunately neither were possible thanks to some wayward bowling and some savage batting. Ongar skipper Overy opened the batting and was determined to try and hit the Epping attack out of Coopersale, launching Ed Holden in to the forest a couple of times for massive sixes. When Sanger took over from Holden he was greeted by being carted for six first ball and again in the same over. Skipper Ed Piller then sent Tetlow out to patrol the boundary and said for him to ‘make sure your right on it’ to which Sanger shouted ‘as the ball is entering the forest about 25foot up and rising, putting a man on the boundary was not going to help much!’. The introduction of Graham Preston, back from his holiday net at Old Parks, showed what Epping have missed with him hitting a good line and length and swinging the ball past the bat on numerous occasions. He eventually was successful getting the Ongar skipper caught by Holden for a match winning 52. After that is was just a case of when Ongar would win and both Wood, 26 not out, and Page 24 not out, finished the job off easily.

Epping had been totally out played on the day and also contributed to their own downfall. The Thirds, taking no points away from the game, must improve for their next trip to Stanford- Le- Hope on Saturday and get back to winning ways.

Epping Cricket Club Saturday Third XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 10 wickets

(0.0 overs)
John Sanger Caught  4
Ed Holden Bowled  2 1
Jim Twitchett Not Out  55
Sam Tetlow Lbw  8
Colin Offord Lbw  10
Ed Piller Caught  10
Martin Stuckey Caught  1
Steve Fleming Caught  0
Graham Preston Caught  2
Ned Piller Caught  4
Adam Taylor Caught  0

Ongar Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy

Ongar Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 1 wickets
108 (0.0 overs)
Wood Not Out  26
Overy Caught  52
Page Not Out  24

Epping Cricket Club Saturday Third XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Steve Fleming7.031800.002.57
Ed Holden5.003300.006.60
John Sanger5.003700.007.40
Graham Preston3.5018118.004.70