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Cricket: Thurrock remain unbeaten with Ingatestone victory

Thurrock CC Match Reports – 1st and 2nd June

Ingatestone & Fryerning CC 1st XI – 205 all out
Thurrock CC 1st XI – 248/8

Thurrock 1st’s maintained their 100% record this season with a hard fought win away at Ingatestone on Saturday. After winning the toss and electing to bat first on a spongy pitch the visitors lost early wickets with opener Ayub and skipper Henry both out driving the visitors then rebuilt thanks to Rhys Hymas with a hard hitting 35 and Dan Laird. After Hymas fell an excellent century partnership between Laird and Mark O’Neill helped the visitors past the 200 mark before Laird fell for a well made 74, as O’Neill made an unbeaten 79 to take the visitors to a more than competitive 248/8 off their 45 overs.

After the interval the visitors struck early with Andrew Hills and Ryan Madder taking 3 quick wickets before the visitors began to counter-attack through Bates (74)who struck several lusty blows in his 74, with some assistance from the middle order as the match swung back in the visitors favour as the hosts needing 6 an over off the last dozen overs. Off spinner Jordon Warren removed the danger man Bates to swing the match back towards the Thurrock side, sensing an opportunity quick bowler Madder returned to take 3 quick wickets to cut a swathe through the hosts lower order to maintain Thurrock’s unbeaten start as they won by 43 runs.

Thurrock CC 2nd XI – 207/8
Ingatestone & Fryerning CC 2nd XI – 119/6

Thurrock 2’s continued their resurgence as they cruised to a comfortable 88 run victory over Ingatestone at Blackshots on Saturday thanks to hard-working half century from opener Dean Henry who batted through the innings for an unbeaten 70 with good support from Clarke Wren and Matt Hills who both weighed in with 20’s as the visitors toiled hard in the field with Elliot being the pick of their bowlers with 3-48. After tea the visitors never looked like getting anywhere close to the first innings score as they settled in for some batting practice, with Elliot rounding off a good all-round personal performance with an unbeaten 33, with Clarke Wren picking up 4-28 with the ball as the hosts cruised home.

Thurrock CC 3rd XI – 121 all out
Eastwood CC 3rd XI – 95 all out

The 3’s prevailed in a highly entertaining and intense encounter at Blackshots thanks to an outstanding performance in the field in what was a low scoring match. The hosts batted first and posted a below par 121 all out thanks to what proved to be a match-winning knock from Elliot McCartney who made 39 with Fillary being the pick of the visitors attack with 4-19. Knowing they need to come out the blocks flying the home side made early inroads with Umfreville combining economy with penetration as he picked up a couple of early wickets as the hosts sensed an opportunity to put the visitors batsman on the rack, they never let up the intensity with leg spinner Mclellan (3-27) and left arm spinner Brooks (2-19) combining to maintain the vice-like group on the visitors as the home side celebrated a 26 run victory in what was a thoroughly captivating contest.

Eastwood CC 4th XI – 80 all out
Thurrock CC 4th XI – 81/3

Thurrock 4’s made it a clean sweep of wins last Saturday with a good win over hosts Eastwood thanks to an excellent effort with the ball. After the hosts batted first, young slow bowler Billy Oggles who took 3-17 and Barrington Bundock who picked up 2-20 to shoot the hosts out for a below par 80. The Thurrock side knocked the runs with little alarm with Kack Day making 24 and skipper Colin Richardson seeing the side home with an unbeaten 16.

Goresbrook CC Sun 1st XI – 204/7
Thurrock CC Sun 1st XI – 143 all out

Thurrock travelled to Goresbrook in the opening match of their Essex Sunday League campaign but fell to a 61 run defeat. The home side won the toss and elected to bat first but the visitors drew first blood as opener Calverly who was bowled first ball by Dan George with a big inswing Yorker. The home side rebuilt through Whisker (64) and Walsh (22) before Abdul Stanikzai struck to remove Walsh caught at square leg, then followed with a couple of quick wickets as the visitors came back into the game, but solid contributions throughout the middle and lower order allowed the home side to post a competitive 204/7 from their 40 overs, with Stanikzai the pick of the bowlers with 3-29 to leave the game delicately poised going into the second innings.

The home side began well with the new ball removing openers O’Neill and Wren early, before a 50 partnership between Ayub (32) and Nick Henry (26) allowed Thurrock to rebuild, as both fell to young left arm spinner Barwick the rest of the batting line-up could not provide sufficient support as young left arm spinner Barwick and medium pacer Atkins ran through the middle order to collect 3-30 and 3-20 respectively to snuff any hopes the visitors had to chasing down their target.


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