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Cricket: Ayub and Wren topple Totham

Thurrock CC Match reports – 20th & 21st July

Thurrock CC 1st XI – 123/1
Great Totham CC 1st XI – 121 all out

THURROCK cruised to a comprehensive nine wicket win over potential promotion rivals Great Totham at Blackshots on Saturday, thanks to a disciplined bowling and fielding performance. After the visitors won the toss and elected to bat first on a wicket that looked to be full of runs, new ball bowlers Madder (2-42) and Laird (3-22) ripped through the visitors top order and they never really recovered from this opening burst as Clarke Wren (3-14) maintained the pressure and wrapped the innings up cheaply as no visiting batsman made more than 16. After tea the Thurrock openers Ayub and Mason Wren (30) ensured there were few alarms as the meagre total was knocked off easily in just 16 overs, with Ayub finishing unbeaten on 53, alongside skipper Henry on 28 not out.

Great Totham CC 2nd XI – 256/6
Thurrock CC 2nd XI – 255/8

Great Totham prevailed by 4 wickets in a high scoring game in which the visitors will be hoping will not be too costly in the promotion race. The Thurrock side batted first and put an imposing 255 on the board thanks to an excellent knock from Jordon Warren (96) who just missed out on an excellent maiden league ton. He received support from Dean Henry (33) and Troy Slaney (34), but some lost momentum towards the end of the innings in which they may have posted another 20 or 30 runs.

After the tea interval the visitors began well with the new ball as Henry (3-49) and Parker (1-36) kept things tight with the new ball to leave the hosts on the rack, but the change bowlers were unable to exert the same pressure as the hosts got over the line in the last over thanks to an excellent knock from Powell (104).

Havering-atte-Bower CC 3rd XI – 254/6
Thurrock CC 3rd XI – 164 all out

The 3’s lost comprehensively away at Havering on Saturday as scoreboard pressure won over despite a spirited display from the visitors. Havering batted first and put a commanding 254 on the board thanks to excellent knocks from Dent (75) and Hills (57), with Nasar Mohammed being the pick of the visitors bowling with 2-21 from his 10 overs. In the second innings Howton (4-48) prevented the Thurrock batting line up from getting going as only Roy Gant (38) and Nasar Mohammed (28) posted any kind of significant scores as the 3’s fell 90 runs short.

Thurrock CC 4th XI – 258/8
Bentley CC 4th XI – 257/8

Thurrock prevailed in a high scoring thriller at Blackshots as the game went right down to the very last ball. The visitors batted first and put an excellent 257 on the board thanks to an excellent knock from opener M Doran with 84, with wily veteran spinner Colin Pomphrett being the pick of the home side’s bowling with 3-47 with many chances going down off his bowling. At tea you could be forgiven for thinking that a victory target of 258 might just be out of reach for the hosts, but the home side set about their target with a rare determination as they were ably guided by a fantastic knock from opener Craig Kemp who made 120, and was ably supported by Cain Bundock (37). The match grew tight as the equation came down to 4 off the last over with 4 wickets left, but Kemp was caught at mid-wicket trying to finish the game, and Wilson was run out as 2 were required off the last ball, which was faced by Billy Ogles who then proceeded to calmly carve the ball over cover for 2 to seal a famous win and spark celebrations long into the night.

Thurrock CC Sun 1st XI – 149/3
Upminster CC Sun 1st XI – 148/9

The Sunday 1’s cruised to a comfortable win in this Essex Sunday league encounter at Blackshots as the home side’s spinners turned the game. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first on a good Blackshots wicket but tight opening spells from Dean Henry and Matt Hills meant that the visitors were never able to find any fluency, as just 60 were scored off the first 20 overs. Skipper Ayub then turned to the spin of Simmons (3-14) and Brooks (3-47) as they tore through the visitors batting, as only Curtis (41) and Tigg (38) made any significant contributions.
The opening pair of Ayub and Mason Wren made an explosive start to the hosts reply as they reached 63 in just 8 overs before Wren fell for a shot laden 38 off just 19 balls, after this the hosts never looked in trouble of reaching their victory target as Ayub batted well for his 51, and Ross Fullbrook saw the side home with an eye catching 33 not out to seal the win.

Rainham CC 231/7
Thurrock CC Sun 2nd XI – 113 all out

Thurrock fell to a comprehensive 118 run defeat away at Rainham, as scoreboard pressure eventually told on the visitors. As the home side elected to bat first, they compiled a competitive 231/7 from 40 overs on a track offering some assistance for the bowlers, with Patel top scoring with 46 as there were contributions all the way down the order. The pick of the bowlers for Thurrock was skipper Elliot McCartney with an incisive spell of 4-43. With such a total on the board the visitors knew they needed a good start and for one of their batsmen to bat long, but none of the batters were able to make a significant score despite decent knocks from Lee Henry (29), Alfie Feeney (22) and Mark Bridger (22).



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