Billericay CC 1st XI 177-5
Orsett & Thurrock CC 1st XI 262-5
By Bill West
ORSETT and Thurrock got their 1st XI Division One campaign underway with a draw away at Billericay.
The hosts won the toss and elected to field first, but it was the visitors who made the better start. Openers Umaad Sultan (51) and Umar Ayub (62) put on 121 for the first wicket before they were both dismissed in quick succession by David Houghton. Nawaz Ahmad Jan (52*) and Mark Pavitt (41) made quickfire scores to get Orsett & Thurrock to 262 from their 50 overs.
Orsett & Thurrock carried forward the momentum from their batting innings into their bowling as they made some early breakthroughs to leave Billericay reeling at 85-5. But Ross Poulton (57*) and Andy Smith (56*) held firm, with the duo putting on 92 runs and batting out the remaining overs to secure a draw for the hosts.