ORSETT and Thurrock cricket club gained a 50-run win over Belhus in the Thurrock Sports Council sponsored womens’ indoor six a side competition at Gable Hall. Batting first, the School Lane club reached an impressive 124 for the loss of just one wicket.
Allison Edmeades and Rhianna Reed were both compulsorily retired with 26 and 30 respectively. Sarah Fergey offered good support with 16 not out. Opening batsman Dilaisha Fernando made the early running with 20 runs until becoming her team’s only dismissal, courtesy of a run out by Belhus wicketkeeper Lynne Bonner. The most economical Belhus bowling came from Emily Price, 0-15 from two overs and Rachel Cordell, 0-22 from three.
After a short break, the Belhus innings started confidently as opener Serena Hand put on 12 runs with debutant Charlotte Waters. Hand was joined by Price and these two accelerated the scoring, but Fergey struck with the fourth and sixth deliveries of her first over to clean bowl Waters and Rachel Cordell. Fergey wasn’t finished with her middle order destruction; in her next over Price saw her stumps dismantled after scoring 16 runs as Belhus collapsed from 57 for two wickets to 63-5. Eleven further runs were added with Belhus finishing 50 runs short, reaching 74 for the loss of five wickets at the close.
Fergey finished with three wickets for just seven runs from three overs, while Reed picked up the wicket of Bonner to finish with 1-24, also from three overs. Becky Owen and Haley Sheppard also showed their prowess as troublesome bowlers with economy rates of 4.5 and 6.0 respectively.