Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Indoor Cricket: Thurrock C put in an A class performance

STANFORD-le-Hope and Thurrock “C” both won for the first time in this year’s U12 indoor six a side cricket competition at Grays School.

Stanford chalked up an impressive five-wicket victory over Belhus “B”, with Freddie Hales hitting 20 runs from only five deliveries in the eighth over.

Hales hit three sixes and two singles to boost the Stanford score from 59 to 81.

The further nine runs needed proved to be a formality, as Hales finished undefeated on 30, while Michael Edwards became the only Stanford casualty of the evening when he lost his off-stump to Ben Garwood (1-24), but Edwards had contributed 17 runs by that stage in an opening stand of 84. The East Thurrock club reached their match-winning total of 90 after Belhus “B” had posted 89, also for the loss of one wicket. Opener Jude Ranson was run out off the final ball of the Belhus innings in a cautious knock of 20 runs, and in so doing became the first wicket to be claimed by Stanford in their first three outings. It mattered little; Stanford were deserved winners despite Garwood’s undefeated knock of 28. The most economical bowlers in the match were Ranson of Belhus whose solitary over went for just six runs and Stanford’s Max Willats whose two overs cost just ten runs.

Meanwhile, Thurrock “C” produced an inspirational last gasp performance to snatch a six-wicket victory over their club colleagues in the “B” team with the last ball of the final over. The “B” team had posted 102 for the loss of three wickets with Luke Philips top scoring on 25 not out despite impressive bowling from Lewis Evans, who returned figures of 2-24 from three overs. In a dramatic finish, Thurrock “C” needed ten runs to win from the final over, which they were able to reduce to just one run being required from the final ball. Riaan Schultz and Evans were able to clinch the win as Shultz finished undefeated on 24 and Evans likewise with 17.

Joseph Surrey produced a fine all-round display in Thurrock “A” team’s slender eleven-run win over Orsett. Surrey hit a fine 21 in Thurrock’s all out total of 83 and followed his innings by taking three catches and claiming 1-12 from three overs. Orsett were restricted to 72-5 despite the best efforts of Sam Watson with 14 not out. Earlier, Watson had picked up 2-9 from 1.4 overs in the Thurrock innings as Tom Redman offered support to Surrey with 15 runs. Four Thurrock bowlers each took a wicket, being Owen McNamara, Joshua Clarke and Redman.

Fixtures (Friday 2nd November): 6pm – Belhus “A” v Thurrock “B”; 7pm – Thurrock “C” v Belhus “B”; 8pm – Orsett v Stanford le Hope.

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