YOUTH indoor six a side cricket returned to Grays School after the Christmas break with new achievements being set in both the bowling and batting departments for this under fourteen competition. Ali Mirza of Belhus B recorded the event’s highest individual score to date with 35 runs against Rayleigh, while Tom Willats’ three wickets for just one run did likewise in the bowling stakes as his impressive Stanford le Hope team made it three straight wins.
The first game of the evening saw Thurrock A dismissed for 36 at the hands of Orsett A, for whom Wayne Gibbon took two Thurrock wickets at a cost of just eight runs, then Tom Haden ensured there was no mistake as his 16 not out completed a comfortable win by five wickets. Charlie Hodge picked up the lone Orsett wicket to fall and conceded just six runs in the process. Stanford le Hope enjoyed a run-fest at the expense of Orsett B. Jack Carter and Ethan Thomas both hit 30 not out, then, after the Willats’ achievement and support from Carter with 2-9, the Orsett second team crashed to 18 all out.
Rayleigh posted 124 for the loss of three wickets against a spirited Belhus B team. Matthew Dobson hit 25 while Max Jones and Connor Slough were both undefeated on 26 and 25 respectively. But with Mirza in full flight and Matthew Wakeling contributing 25 not out, Belhus reached a creditable 89 for the loss of four wickets at the close, though still fell short of their target by 35 runs. Slough was the pick of the Rayleigh bowlers with 2-15.
Next Fixtures (Friday 13th January): 6pm – Belhus B v Horndon on the Hill; 7pm – Thurrock B v Orsett A; 8pm – Stanford le Hope v Rayleigh.