Cricket: Orsett back to winning ways against Harlow

Orsett & Thurrock CC 1st XI 217-10

Harlow CC 1st XI 193-10

By Bill West

ORSETT and Thurrock got back to winning ways with a 24-run victory at home to Harlow.

The visitors won the toss and elected to field first. That decision looked to be vindicated as the home side got off to a poor start with the score at 32-3. But Mark Pavitt was the mainstay of the innings as he made 94 from 108 balls including seven maximums. Pavitt was supported by Daniel Laird (25) and Kirk Laws (31). Orsett & Thurrock were bowled out for 217, a good total despite losing the toss.

Harlow were always in with a chance of a win thanks mainly to a 61 by Ahmed Khawaja and 40 from opener Hafiz Yawar Afzal. It was a close-run affair which looked to be going to the very end before George Pavitt ran out Mitchell Howarde (26) on the last ball of the 48th over. Paul Bennett picked three wickets, while Daniel Laird and Muhammad Rahim took two apiece.

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