Second league game of the season at the Rec and Captain Wayne Read is confident of a successful season.
Its an impressive set up as well as the club really tries to progress youngsters through the ranks. New nets and some excellent hands on coaching means Friday nights are busy for the youngsters.
Date: Sat 16th May 2009 @ 13:00
Ground: School Lane, Orsett
Type: League : 1ST XI DIVISION ONE
Toss: Orsett CC – 1st XI won the toss and decided to bat
Highlights: S. Khan 43 no S. Mendes 4-45
Skipper Reid won the toss and decided to bat on a pitch that had been dampened by overnight rain. The outfield was slow and Orsett made heavy work of batting on a slow pitch and found themselves in trouble early on, losing four quick wickets. The tempo quickened somewhat when Jason Plom was joined by Stuart Moon and the score started to tick over,when both were out Plom for 31 and Moon for 22, Ilford scented blood. However, these days Orsett refuse to roll over and have people who can bat in the lower order. Witness the splendid partnership of Khan and Mendes who started to pepper the boundary boards and car park with a mixture of fours and sixes. Both were unbeaten Khan on 43 and Mendes on 23 when the innings closed with the total on a respectable 201-7.
Ilford also started slowly but continued to chip away at the Orsett total and the home side struggled to get wickets against two determined openers. Medium pacer Landman was introduced to the attack and his steady bowling soon accounted for both openers. At the other end Polyblank induced an edge from the Ilford captain and Reid made a great slip catch to dismiss a dangerous batsman. Ilford then started to struggle to keep pace with the required score and when Mendes returned to the attack, they found themselves struggling to avoid defeat. Wickets fell quickly and Ilford struggled to 177-8, with Mendes taking an impressive 4-45.
Saturday Orsett have a home fixture against Wickford.
Orsett 2nd X1 v Belhus X1
Belhus 2nd XI 155-9
Orsett 2nd XI 156-3
Skipper Nick Henry’s ruthless decision to bowl first on what looked to be a flat deck at North Stifford nearly backfired as the Belhus opening batsmen took 18 from the first two overs. However Orsett quickly turned things around as Potter and Reader picked up a wicket apiece, stemming the flow of runs. At this stage Jonathon Gordon was introduced to the attack and quickly made inroads, devastating the Belhus middle order with an impressive spell of 4-27. He was ably assisted by Sam Proctor and Brad Walker and Belhus eventually declared at 155-9.
The total was never enough against and in-form Orstt batting side who efforts were not helped by skipper Nick Henry seeming to pick a dubious hand injury during the tea break. However, this enabled vice captain Lee Kooyman the opportunity to open with Shakeel. They preceeded to get off to a steady start with Shakeel making 41 and Kooyman 48. It was left to Ryan Plom to see the innings through with a tidy 45 and Kirk Laws hitting the winning runs for Orsett. Orsett hope this form continues with a trip to Woodford Green on Saturday.
Orsett 3rd X1 v Hornchurch 4th X1
Orsett 3rd XI 266-5 (batted first)
Hornchurch 4th XI 216-9
After been put into bat and loosing the first wicket of Apurv Sehgal for 1 Orsett 3rd XI dug in and started to make use of a very easy paced track with Lewis Lockyer scoring 43, Rob Pavitt 42 and Mark Pavitt 48. This pushed the score along at a reasonable rate, thus allowing the middle order to go for their shots and explosive hitting from skipper Ian Lockyer 83n.o and Chaiman Dave Kooyman 37n.o. enabled Orsett to declare for an impressive 266-5.
Hornchurch gave a good account of themselves and looked in the hunt for victory by geting off to a quick start with help of opener M. Keanly 81. But wickets soon fell at regular intverals which meant Hornchurch had to fight hard for the draw. A marathon bowling spell from new comer John Morris returned a second five wicket haul in as many weeks finishing with figures of 5-61 from 21 overs, although he was supported very well with wickets from James Page 3-34 and some good feilding from the rest of the team.
Orsett Sunday 2nd X1 v Noak Hill
Noak Hill 127-AO
Orsett worked really hard in difficult conditions to bowl Noak Hill out cheaply with George Pavitt taking 1-10, Nathan Smith 2-25 and Dan Ashford putting in a good opening spell. In the middle overs it was important that Orsett continued this and Terry Pound did just that taking 3-26 and Mike Harding 3-11 bowling Noak Hill out for 127, a total which Orsett knew would be tricky in the conditions. In reply Orsett got off to a good start with Ben Smith making 29 and Kirk Laws falling for 49, but Noak Hill took quick wickets in the middle and left Orsett in some bother but Lee Kooyman and George Pavitt saw the game home for Orsett.
Full match report and scores to follow