ORSETT cricket club achieved a win double at Grays School on Friday (14th December) as their “B” team won a thrilling match by just one wicket and with only six balls to spare. Over 200 runs were scored in this U14 indoor encounter as the Orsett “B” team scored 106 for the loss of five wickets after Thurrock “B” had posted 105 for the loss of three. Harry Dove and Kieron Gore were in the runs for Thurrock “B” with 41 and 17 respectively, but Tom Duck ultimately proved to be the difference for Orsett “B” with a fine match-winning 52 not out. Joseph Surrey picked up 2-38 for Thurrock “B”.
In the preceding fixture, Orsett “A” stormed to a five wicket win as they comfortably chased the Belhus total of 87 all out with 88 for the loss of just one wicket with 4.4 overs to spare.
Dylan Rose and Will Gibbon were both undefeated with 25 and 27 respectively, with Gibbon repeating his tally from the previous week. Harry Lockyer had previously laid the foundations for Orsett “A” with 19 runs to his name. For Belhus, Mark Fogg scored 17 and Billy Maidment hit 16, but five batsmen were run out, which left the remaining wicket to be claimed by Lewis Markham at a cost of 17 runs.
The match between Thurrock “A” and Stanford le Hope featured an unusual dismissal, one which Thurrock “A” batsman Bilal Qureshi will want to forget soon. Looking confident and wishing to continue where he left off last week, Bilal played a fierce lofted drive towards the boundary wall only for the ball to make contact with the non-stiker’s bat then into the hands of a grateful fielder. But it mattered little, Thurrock “A” achieved a decisive two-wicket win as Shameer Qureshi contributed 32 not out, despite impressive bowling from Stanford’s Reece Adcock, 3-15 and Jack Carter 1-26. Thurrock “A” scored 84 for the loss of four wickets. Earlier, Hope had mustered 78 for the loss of five wickets; Carter hit a fine 30, Callum McCarthy struck a dozen and William Pearn was still there at the close of the innings, unbeaten with 21 runs to his name. Shameer was the pick of the Thurrock “A” bowlers with 2-18.
Indoor youth cricket is now on its Christmas and New Year break, with fixtures resuming on Friday 11th January.