Saturday, April 20, 2024

Thurrock Edged Out By Hornchurch

Thurrock CC 1st XI 224ao
Hornchurch Athletic 1st XI 226-8

A close game ended in defeat for Thurrock as their disappointing run continued despite again performing well with the bat.

Hornchurch got off to a flyer with their new ball pair Coote and Hutchinson enjoying early breakthroughs. However, indiscipline slipped into their lines and length and Thurrock’s Tony Hans took full advantage. Hans was a one man run machine in the early overs, roaring smartly to 50 as he undid Hornchurch’s good work. With Wren (30) aggressive and looking to dominate the bowling a huge total looked in the offing. Even when Wren fell, Rob Baker picked up where he left off and Thurrock fair rattled along.

Hemmes and Crane put on the brakes in a period of 4 wickets for just 2 runs. Hemmes undid Hans on 72, breaking the 65 run partnership with Baker, Then Crane (2-23) struck twice in quick succession, removing Baker for 41 in the process and Hemmes (2-34) added a 2nd to leave the home side floundering. The innings looked to have stalled but skipper Rhys Hymas (15) steadied the ship, allowing Tom Hills the platform to strike later on. Hills’ 33 brought up the 200 before quick wickets from Humphries (3-49) brought the innings to a close in the 45th over.

In reply Thurrock themselves struck early through Mohammed, but Samarasekera (31) ensure spoils in the early overs were shared before Mohammed bagged him too. Hornchurch had Bandara to thank for quashing any momentum Thurrock may have gained from that. Throwing caution to the wind and the bat at the ball, Bandara rode his luck and lofted a succession of boundaries that put the visitors in the box seat. He passed his 50 but could only add 8 more before one swipe too many ended with his furniture rearranged and the game still in the balance.

A nervous passage of play ensued as Humphries and Hawkins looked to calm the waters. A partnership of 66 seemed to have done just that but Thurrock conjured up 5 wickets for just 13 runs, Matt Hills cleaning out Humphries for 38 and young leggie Ross Fullbrook picking up 3 wickets, the first of Hawkins for 27. At 200-8 both sides could smell victory, but the blackshots track is true these days and the bat of Hemmes didn’t need the help. He crashed an unbeaten 19 to take the game away from Thurrock who will reflect how fine the margins of victory, or defeat, can be.


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