Cricket: Thurrock scure promotion

Thurrock CC Match Reports

Thurrock CC 1st XI – 344/6
Little Waltham CC 1st XI – 211 all out

THURROCK secured promotion to the Premier Division of the T Rippon Mid Essex League with a comprehensive 133 run over an already relegated Little Waltham side. Home skipper Nick Henry won the toss and elected to bat first on a good batting track, after the early loss of opener Mason Wren for 4, debutant opener Dean Henry and brother Nick proceeded to take to the visitors bowling in determined fashion as the brothers put on 224 for the 2nd wicket before Dean fell for an excellent 72. Nick Henry went to his 3rd league 100 of the season before eventually falling for a quickfire 133. All-rounder Danny Laird got in on the action with a well-made 68 as the hosts posted an imposing 344 of their 45 overs.

With the hosts feeling confident on victory going into the second half, opening bowler Madder struck 2 early blows and Laird 1 to leave the visitors on the rack at 29 for 3. The 4th wicket pair of Mahmood (41) and Nasir put on 61 to bring the visitors back into the game before Andrew Hills (2/17) removed Nasir LBW for 21 with Mahmood then bowled by Rob Neal the very next over. Ruffle (39) and Fell (34) helped the visitors past the 200 mark before Clarke Wren (2/27) wrapped up the game and spark the promotion celebrations that lasted long into the evening.

Thurrock CC 3rd XI – 95/2
St Andrews CC 1st XI – 92 all out

Thurrock 3’s finished the season in style with a thumping 8 wicket win over visitors St Andrews to record a respectable 4th place finish in Division 10 this season. After the visitors won the toss and decided to bat first, opening bowlers Andrew Packer (1/22) and Alfie Feeney (3/18) set about the visitors batting line up in indomitable fashion. Only Street (40) put up any substantial resistance for the St Andrews side as Dean Wright (2/21) and mercurial leggie Alex Mclellan (3/31) ran through the rest of the visitors batting line up to leave the visitors all out for a paltry 92 in just 26.2 overs.

Despite the early loss of Bridger for 7, skipper Tyrone Owen and Roy Gant knocked off the bulk of the target in quick fashion before Gant was caught for 24, as then Owen went through to his 50 off just 39 balls to seal the win in just 12 overs as the home side can look back on a job well done.

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