Cricket: Thurrock’s mighty thirds extend unbeaten run

Eastwood III 61 all out

Thurrock III 66/1

Report by F Scott Fitzgerald

Thurrock cemented their place at the top of the table with a convincing win at struggling Eastwood.

The match took place at picturesque Belfairs Park against a backdrop of clear blue skies and a lush green outfield that had been freshened up by the previous nights

thunder storm.

Thurrock captain Tyrone Owen lost yet another toss and the away side were invited to field in the early afternoon heat and sun. Luckily a

gentle breeze meandering up from the Thames estuary and some poor batting by the home side meant it was not to be that much of an ask for the league leaders.

Due to availability issues skipper Owen had to revert to an old tried and tested partnership to open the bowling. Just like Morecambe and Wise, Egg

and Bacon, Dean Wright and lager, some things are just meant to go together and

the Parker and Packer opening bowling partnership is no different.

Andrew Packer set the ball rolling dismissing both Eastwood openers to the safe hands of Iain Oakley and Michael Parker respectively.

Opening bowling partner Parker then got in the wickets himself by bowling a couple of slower ball Yorkers under the wild swipes of the advancing batsman to claim a brace for himself.

After the opening bowlers had finished their spells a drinks break was taken

with Dean Wright commenting that it was the first time this season that the

recommended cordial to water ratio had been met!

After drinks the spin twins of Terry "old un" Hills and Thomas "Young un" Redman polished off the Eastwood tail with three wickets apiece.

They were helped by catches from Jack Day and Danny Groves and then wicket keeper Matt Diprose come to the party. His first victim was a regulation stumping and the second was an excellent caught behind but then he tried to claim a double play by also stumping the confused tail ender, it officially went in the book as a catch for the record. At the end of the innings Eastwood were all out for just 61 and had only used 29 of their allotted overs meaning the teams did a straight turn around and Thurrock went out to bat.

Thurrock opened with Groves and Warren and seemed to be cruising

to the modest total until Groves was acrobaticly caught behind for 16.

After this Stuart Warren was joined in the middle by Iain Oakley who reached the

total with no scares at all. The highlights were Warren nearly scoring a hole

in one with a huge 6 that landed in the adjacent golf club and Oakley who

finished the game with a maximum of his own.

They ended up not out on 33 and 11

respectively as Thurrock march on at the summit of the table.

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