Cricket: Thurrock Thirds put Chelmsford to the sword

Report by Thurrock CC

Any in-jokes or "you had to be there" moments are the responsibility of Thurrock CC

Thurrock III 191/6

Old Chelmsfordians III 161 all out

O.C. won the toss and put Thurrock into bat in this Mid Essex League game in Broomfield on Saturday.

Danny Groves and Jack Aldwinckle Day were the opening partnership but it was short lived as Groves was given caught behind off the bowling of Heard when he was on 3.

Groves was sure that the ball had brushed the pad but the umpire had given the decision leaving him no alternative but to walk off. This bought Iain Oakley to the crease and he and Day set about rebuilding the Thurrock innings.

The overnight rain had left the outfield slow and this meant that boundaries were in short supply and running between the wickets was the order of the day. After an all run four there was a brief moment of concern when Oakley come over all dizzy and had to lie down to get his breath back.

When Oakley explained the rigours of living with a newborn baby and being a lookalike of boxer Carl Froch, we understood it was just a bit of fatigue and he was ok to continue. Oakley was eventually the second of Heard’s two victims and departed after making a tidy 22 runs. This bought skipper Tyrone Owen to the middle with his uncompromising batting style.

Day was dismissed on 45 after another useful contribution from the top order and Dean Wright joined the skipper. His 24 and a half century 51 from seasoned campaigner Owen had put the away side in a decent position with only a couple overs of the innings remaining. Lee Henry hit 7 from 5 balls but was out looking for quick runs before Michael Parker and Alfie Feeney provided some late entertainment as the not out batsman.

Feeney was not out on 7 and Parker was not out on 9 from 2 deliveries. The first ball was despatched over mid on for 4 and the second was an all run 5! The ageing veteran Parker was nearly embarrassed though as young speedster Feeney nearly lapped him on the fourth run! At the break Thurrock finished their innings on 191/6.

O.C.s went out to bat their innings in more favourable conditions. A drying outfield and slightly brighter conditions meant that Thurrock had to field well to defend their total.

Skipper Pwen was lucky to have injured Andrew Packer at his disposal. The swingman has a couple of broken fingers and was initially going to be scoring but a late dropout meant he had to play and he opened the bowling alongside local cricketing legend Mal Umfreville. Packer dismissed four batsman on his way to figures of 4/42 from his 9 overs. The first of these just clipped the off bail. A succession of away swingers were followed by an in swinger from the ginger Jimmy Anderson and unfortunately the batsman decided to leave this ball! His next wicket was caught by Captain Owen at extra cover and the next was a caught and bowled after Packer did an impression of a contestant grabbing gold tokens in the Crystal Maze Dome and grabbed it at the second attempt.

He rounded off his day by clean bowling his fourth victim for a very good spell.

Despite this the other O.C.s opener was still their proving to be a thorn in the Thurrock side. Owen changed his bowlers and Alfie Feeney was given the Rugby Post end which he used to great effect. Despite being one of the youngest on the team he is probably the quickest and in the overcast conditions a few batsman did not seem to relish the challenge.

His first wicket was a jaffa of a delivery that the batsman done well to edge from in front of his face before Thurrock Keeper Oakley leapt to his right to take a stunning one handed catch. Feeney’s second wicket was also superbly caught. Feeney bowled a bouncer that was hooked away behind square towards Umfreville. Initially it appeared that the ball was sailing over his head but a gust of wind bought it just within reach of the fielder. In order to reach it, Umfreville had to go with one hand and like a baseball outfielder on the fence he jumped and caught it one handed in the deep much to the surprise of the batsman but not the fielders who have seen it from him all before.

In between Feeney’s wickets young spinner Tom Redmond got his customary wicket, bowling his man around his legs with his "wrong ‘un" that turns the opposite way than the batsman is expecting.

By now O.C.s were 7 wickets down, but they were only 60 runs of the target with 10 overs still to go. Owen changed the bowlers again, this time bringing on Dean Wright and "The Janitor" Michael Parker to mop up the tail.

Unfortunately halfway through Wright’s over he dislocated his finger trying to take a caught and bowled chance that went like a rocket. He snapped his finger back into place but Lee Henry had to finish the over.

Up the other end Parker took 2 wickets. The first was against the captains orders. Despite having an offside field, he strayed down leg, luckily the leg stump was in the way and the batsman was yorked. The second wicket was actually in the captains plan this time! The batsman tried to cut a short ball but was cramped for room and ended up spooning it to Wright, who through the pain barrier took the catch at deep point. By now it was a case of whether Thurrock could bowl the opposition out and they duly done that.

With O.C.s needing snookers by now, they started taking risky singles and this led to a run out to wrap up the game and the points.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.