Essex Cricket Foundation Participation t20 Cup
Orsett and Thurrock 181-7
Stratford CC 156-8
ORSETT and Thurrock CC completed a t20 treble by winning both the ESL T20 and Essex Cricket Foundation Participation t20 Cup competitions this weekend, adding to that of the Bob Eyres t20 blast trophy won earlier this summer.
The weekend started with the Sunday 1s t20 side hosting Harold Wood in the final of the ESL T20 at School Lane. On a wet and dreary day where it was thought the weather would beat the cricket, OAT captain Umar Ayub won the toss and elected to bat first. As we know it’s a team game and runs were shared across the side with Paul Bennett top scoring with 32 and Kirk Laws finishing 28 not out to see the home side through to a respectable 165-8. In reply Harold Wood never got going with 4 early wickets from Umaad Sultan (4-0-21-2) and Paul Bennett (4-0-22-2). Wickets then fell at regular intervals with spin kings Shahid Khan and Will Gibbon picking up another 2 wickets apiece, this was enough to see Orsett and Thurrock home by a comfortable 42 runs.
The t20 side then moved on to the final of the Essex Cricket Foundation Participation t20 Cup on Sunday in a game hosted by Billericay CC in what turned out to be a lively encounter against Stratford CC. Skipper Kirk Laws won the toss and elected to bat. OAT got off to a slow start with Umar Ayub falling to yet another golden duck (5th this season) confirming himself as the first ever winner of the OAT Duck Trophy. Dan Laird hit a counter attacking 30 runs coming in at 3 but OAT continued to lose regular wickets to stumble to 78-4 after 11 overs. In came Umaad Sultan (56no from 28) to join Mark Pavitt (52 from 39) who both struck many massive blows coupled with some very clever batting to put on a brilliant, match winning 83 run partnership to guide the team to a big score of 181-7. In reply the total always looked too big for Stratford CC with Bennett, Khan, G Pavitt, Mitchell and W Gibbon all picking up wickets at regular intervals including a stump being somehow snapped in half by medium pacer George Pavitt! Stratford ended up 156-9 from their 20 overs with Orsett and Thurrock running home victors by 25 runs.
Big congratulations to the Orsett and Thurrock t20 sides, who have ended the season with 3 trophies winning 13/15 t20 games. Also a big thanks to Bootsy for scoring all year and Jenny Millard for providing nice clean kits and some great photos. Remember lads, it’s a team game.