Orsett & Thurrock’s 4th XI fell to defeat away at Billericay by five wickets.
ON a hot day and with a pitch that was like the M25, it was a surprise that the hosts won the toss and elected to field first.
But no bother, rack them up and put some scoreboard pressure on the opposition.
But wait, this is the 4th XI, a team known for making things difficult. On the flattest pitch you’ll ever play on, our top order made it look like a mindfield as after only a handful of overs we were on a ridiculous 5-3. Dan ‘Swiss’ Groves and Asim Khan fell to ducks, whereas Raj Shina was given out by Dean Wright.
Captain Ty Owen (43) and Elliot McCartney (77) batted very sensibly and made the most of the favourable batting conditions as they put on 104 together for the fourth wicket.
There was another mini-collapse towards the end of the innings as opening bowler Joe Parsons took a hat-trick, with McCartney, Dylan Rose and Michael ‘Janitor’ Parker his victims. Parker, a man of experience on and off the cricket field, would have been the perfect guy to face the hat-trick ball. But no, he decides to charge down the wicket and was clean bowled. The worst bit wasn’t the fact he was castled, or that he wore a yellow helmet, it was he didn’t even know it was the hat-trick ball! Unbelievable Jeff!
Wright and Stuart ‘Elvis’ Warren both made 22 as we ended up on 199. A below-par score, but at 5-3 you’d take that.
In reply, I bowled a tempter outside of Choudhury’s off stump and he struck it straight to the safe hands of Wright. But Billericay was making the most of the flat track and glass outfield, peppering the boundary rope with regularity.
Adam Joy had an interesting stay at the crease. He played some nice shots, but he also ran out two of his mates thanks to the throwing prowess of Messrs Warren and Parker. Plus he was dropped early on by Raj, a hard chance admittedly and all this occurred whilst wearing a red helmet. Warren eventually caught him off his own bowling, but the damage had already been done and the hosts easily knocked off the runs with four overs remaining.