Friday, December 2, 2022

Indoor Cricket: Belhus and Thurrock remain undefeated

BELHUS “A” and Thurrock “A” remain undefeated with Basildon and Pitsea in the current U12 indoor league being staged by the South Essex District Cricket Board at Grays School. The Belhus “A” team put in a powerful performance as they overcame Orsett by a six wicket margin.

In a first class display, Billy Turley took four catches while Tyler Crosbie emerged with the best bowling figures in the competition so far, with three wickets at a cost of just ten runs from only 1.4 overs. Turley will take his fair share of the credit as two of his takes were off Crosbie, while the third, to end the Orsett innings, was due to an athletic diving catch by the excellent Belhus wicketkeeper, Matthew McDonagh.

Ciaran Gunning claimed 2-6 from two overs, with his two victims being trapped by the first and fourth deliveries of his first over. Joe Dalton added support with 1-8, also from two overs as Orsett were dismissed after 9.4 overs. For the third consectuive week, Belhus did not lose a wicket, as Turley and Tyler Kohl saw Belhus home with 10 not out and 26 not out respectively with a comfortable 5.5 overs remaining. Orsett’s Cameron Papantonious (0-6) and Rajan Kular (0-7) delivered the best bowling for their team in terms of economics.

Reid Watson hit 23 not out for Thurrock “A”, while Daniel Tagg contributed 12 not out to label a 48-run win over their club’s “C” team. Thurrock “A” finished their innings on 99 for the loss of one wicket, which was claimed by Jamie Flaim at a cost of 25 runs. In reply, the “C” team finished on 51-4, for whom Riaan Shultz hit 14 not out. But Aaron Palmer had a big say in restricting the “C” team response, by picking up two wickets at a cost of just seven runs.

Meanwhile, in the most closely contested match of the evening, Thurrock “B” fell just nine runs short of the target set by Basildon and Pitsea, who, by coincidence, had followed Thurrock “A” by also posting 99 for the loss of one wicket. Thurrock “B” responded with 90 runs for the loss of three wickets, mainly due to a late charge from Harrison Barr with 14 runs, but Travis Singleton, George Borley and Nadeem Sadath kept things in check, if only just, by picking up one wicket each.

Earlier, Harvey Phillips picked up 1-13 for Thurrock “B” against some dominant batting from Basildon’s Singleton who scored 25 not out while Charlie Blerkom supported well with an undefeated 18 runs to his name.

This week’s fixtures (Friday 26th October): 6pm – Orsett v Thurrock “A”; 7pm – Thurrock “B” v Thurrock “C”; 8pm – Stanford le Hope v Belhus “B”.

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