Cricket: No need to panic but Orsett and Thurrock 3rd X1 lose again

Gidea Park & Romford 221/9 dec
Orsett & Thurrock 3rd XI 203

OAT slumped to their second consecutive defeat in as many weeks against a youthful Gidea Park & Romford side at a muggy June Ridgewell Ground in Orsett last Saturday.

The defeat left Skipper Tyrone Owen with plenty to ponder and he hinted at changes when asked for a quote after the game. Owen said “I’m finding that when we’re in the ascendancy, everyone comes to life, when we are not then players go hiding and look for excuses, senior and younger players.”

Owen reflected that it wasn’t all bad news though as he sought some positives. “We were missing a young bowler (Callum Owen) who has stepped up to the 2nd XI after being in the 5th team only a couple of seasons ago. Players are developing well throughout the club including teenage Jack Churchyard who was in the runs again showing he has a lot of maturity for a young person. Also Alfie Feeney had a brutal knock with the bat to show there are some positives.”

Indeed that Feeney knock almost won the game from an unlikely position as he and fresh of the plane, Michael Parker come together at numbers 8 and 9 with nearly a hundred still needed. While Parker was prodding about at one end before getting bowled, Feeney was peppering all parts of Orsett village with red leathery rain drops.

Apparently a spectator was heard to say “some woman phoned the Orsett Met office today saying she heard a storm was on the way….” Feeney finished on 61 from 24 balls but once he was out the game was pretty much up, especially as the last pair of Brooks and Packer had to deal with a nasty looking injury to Packers foot meaning he could only hop singles but on the bright side the length of a cricket pitch is roughly 20 metres so Andrew Packer has submitted a claim for Jonathan Edwards triple jump record.

Earlier in the OAT innings the aforementioned Churchyard helped himself to another half century but was out on 52.

The reply fell just short by 18 runs as earlier in the day GPAR were inserted into bat and they managed 221 before mysteriously declaring not realising the not out batsman Prigg was on 49! Brooks bowled well again on a turning wicket as he claimed 6/44. Andrew Packer was also in the wickets as he got 3/74 as the top order started well. O’Donnolly hit 28 and his opening partner Phillips made 70 as GPAR set their match winning target.

Orsett and Thurrock 4th X1OAT are at home again this week as they look to get their season back on track (and field) again.

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