Thurrock CC 1st XI – 275 all out
Little Baddow CC 1st XI – 298/4
THURROCK’S unbeaten run came to an end in a run fest over Blackshots on saturday as they fell by 23 runs to fellow promotion chasers Little Baddow. the visitors won the toss and set about making hay on a track perfect for batting as openers Cole (73) and Newton (70) put 150 for the 1st wicket, the visitors continued their momentum thanks to Harris with a quickfire 80 towards the end despite the best efforts of the home side who fought hard in the field to keep Little Baddow below 300, the pick of the hosts bowling being Rob Neal with 2-69 from his 12 overs.
The hosts knew they needed to get off to a good start to have any chance of chasing down such a formidable target and the platform was laid by openers O’Neill (43) and Ayub (35), a disciplined bowling effort meant that the hosts were always just behind the 8 ball but fought hard through an excellent knock from skipper Nick Henry (82) with support from Matt Hills (34) which took the game to the last 5 overs needing 58 to win, unfortunately the pressure of the asking rate told as the visitors triumphed by 23 runs.
Rankins CC 2nd XI – 201 all out
Thurrock CC 2nd XI – 202/7
A fine team effort with the bat saw Thurrock 2’s continue their resurgence by winning by 3 wickets away at Rankins. The hosts batted first in good batting conditions and posted a competitive 201 all out with the main contributors being the Warner family with Adam (58) and Pete (61), with all the bowlers chipping in with Clarke Wren being the pick with 3-46, ably supported by Mal Umfreville with 2-51. After the interval the visitors got off to a solid start through openers Dean Henry (44) and Chris Buckley (15) before a couple of quick wickets meant the visitors had to rebuild through Jordan Owen (42), another flurry of wickets brought the hosts back into the game before a calm unbeaten knock of 47 from youngster Bilal Qureshi ably guided by veteran Paul Gelder (15*) saw the visitors home with an over to spare and 3 wickets in hand.
Thurrock CC 3rd XI – 142/3
Galleywood CC 2nd XI – 140/9
Thurrock 3’s continued from where they left off last week as an excellent performance with the ball saw them to a comfortable victory over visitors Galleywood at Blackshots. In good batting conditions the home side managed to keep the Galleywood batsmen down to just 140/9 from their 45 overs. after a tight opening spell from Mason Wren (1-23), the stranglehold was maintained by the spin triplet of Stephen Brooks (3-30), Alex Mclellan (2-49) and Wayne Simmons 3-10) as the visitors were never allowed to build momentum at any stage. The hosts emerged confident after the tea break and got off to a good start through opening pair Danny Groves and Tyrone Owen before Owen fell for 18, Wren then carried on the momentum with a quickfire 44 before opener Groves saw the side home with an unbeaten 71 to leave the hosts delighted with another good day at the office.
Old Chelmsfordians CC 4th XI – 142/7
Thurrock CC 4th XI – 138 all out
The 4’s battled gamely but fell to 3 wicket defeat at Old Chelmsfordians on saturday. the visitors were inserted by the home side but were unable to post a winning score despite an explosive half century from veteran batsman Mark Bridger who hit 55 in just 32 balls, he received support from Roy Gant (29) but there was little else from the rest of visitors batsmen as Singh ran through the lower order with 4-8. Alperton with 69 dominated the home sides reply as the visitors were to chip away with wickets at regular intervals with Don Warren being the pick of the bowlers with 3-28 as the hosts edged home with Thurrock wondering what the result might have been if they could have posted another 20-30 runs.
Thurrock CC Sun 2nd XI – 269/3
Shooters Hill 2001 CC – 134 all out
A maiden unbeaten century from youngster Jordon Warren together with an aggressive 101 from Mason Wren laid the foundation for an emphatic victory over visitors Shooters Hill at Blackshots on sunday. The home side won the toss and elected to bat and got off to a great start through Shahmeer Qureshi and Warren before Qureshi fell for 36, Wren the strolled to the wicket and carried on the momentum with Warren as the pair put on 187 for the 2nd wicket as Warren went through to a measured and composed maiden century finishing with 108 not out. A confident home side came out the traps quickly after the interval with opening bowler Danny Groves picking up 2 early wickets to put the visitors under pressure, skipper Dean Henry then ran through the middle order to pick up 3-25, before Catherine Hodge and Alex Mclellan (2-10) finished off the innings in style to wrap up the victory in style.