ORSETT and Thurrock Ferrets retained the Thurrock Sports Council’s women’s indoor cricket title at Gateway Academy. They overcame strong opposition from Belhus Ladies and two further teams from their own club, the Amazons and Valkyries.
Against the latter, Jo Simmons was instrumental in chasing down a target 108 with a superb match-winning innings of 42 not out as the last player remaining when all five of her colleagues had been dismissed. Sarah Fergey had earlier laid the foundations with 24 runs, but opposing bowlers Ella Allen, Honey Realf and Charlotte Jarvis had other ideas and picked up one wicket each.
Another tough challenge followed when they met Belhus. The match finished in an incredible tie with Ferrets requiring four runs from the final delivery. Three runs were scampered to leave the encounter all square with 95 runs apiece. Simmons was again top scorer with 25, this time supported by Jenna Fogg with 13. For Belhus, Katy Sullivan scored 17 while Emily Price and Tilly Barnett both scored 13 runs.
In their final match against the Amazons, Ferrets batted first and posted 77 for the loss of five wickets with Fogg setting the pace with 21 runs. Jazz Smith provided good backing with 18, despite a wicket apiece for Amazons’ Jessie Hughes, Courtney Chaplin and Amelia Avery. It was Avery who led the reply with 13 runs, but Marie Green collected two wickets for just nine runs, then Sarah Fergey chipped in with 1-13 to curtail the Amazons’ final total to 68 for the loss of four wickets.