Cricket: Former England star Monty Panesar spins Orsett and Thurrock to defeat

Monty Panesar

Hornchurch 160ao
Orsett & Thurrock 42ao

Redman’s Star Shines In Game Of Two Halves

ON a perfect spring day at Hornchurch, O&T’s 1st XI turned up with a little trepidation given that they knew former England International Monty Panesar was in the Hornchurch line up for this Dukes Essex League Cup fixture.

Hornchurch won the toss and decided to bat on a damp pitch with an outfield full of grass cuttings that was never going to be easy to score freely on.

A steady start from Hornchurch with George Pavitt bowling economically from one end and Mohammed Hassan Ali from the other starting well. It could have been a little fatigue from Ali that meant a few loose deliveries were dispatched to the boundary and Captain Bennett felt the need for a change and Joe Mitchell duly obliged taking a nice caught and bowled first ball.

Supported by the reliable Pavitt from the road end, Mitchell continued to frustrate the Hornchurch batsmen before in the 16th over with the score at 56-1 a loose drive to Kirk Laws in the covers saw Mitchell bag his second of the day.

George Pavitt finished his 10 overs straight spell wicket less, giving away only 22 runs before (No relation) Mark Pavitt was introduced into the attack. It wasn’t long before a chance came and edge to the keeper, but unfortunately Umar ‘I forgot my gloves’ Ayub couldn’t hold the catch. However, shortly after, Marks pace got the better of Billy Gordon and he was banished to the pavilion with his stumps sprayed apart.

Hornchurch made steady but unremarkable progress to 94-3 before the O&T skipper decided it was time for another change.

16 year old Tom Redman stepped up to bowl in his first competitive 1st XI fixture and in his first over snared Frankie Jacobs who was caught nicely by Lewis Lokyer.

This spurred O&T on and Bennett decided it was time to bring himself on to bowl. A nice spell that frustrated the Hornchurch batsmen continued to apply the pressure, however with Laws dreaming about smashing Panesar for six, a chance went begging and Telfon Ayub ,still trying to work out what he had done with his gloves, another.

Redman, full of concentration, continued from the other end and with batsmen trying to force the issue, tested the fielding of skipper Beno to his cost as Captain Lightening reacted with assistance from Redman at the wickets and saw Khan run out for the 5th wicket with 115 on the board in the 35th over.

Continuing to push as much as he dare batsman Smith top edged off Redmans bowling and was caught, despite a short, but skillful juggling demonstration, by skipper Beno

Redman wasn’t finished yet taking Kahn LBW for 3 with the total score on 151 in the 45th

Redman again had a part to play as England’s Panasar was run out by some quick witted thinking.

It was now the turn of Agha Tahir making the batsmen mis time his shot lobbing to Joe Mitchell at long on taking a nice safe catch.

It was fitting however that the last act of the innings was by Redman as Teflon eventually held on for a cheeky last wicket stumping leaving Hornchurch 160 all out.

The sun continued to shine and maybe it was the heat combined with the excessive amounts of, always plentiful and excellent Hornchurch tea, eaten by the O&T team at half time that proved the catalyst for a collapse of astronomical proportions in the 2nd half of the day.

Teflon Ayub plumb LBW from a quicker delivery by Gordon meant O&T were 1-1 after the first over

Captain Beno cut in half by an unplayable ball from Kahn and O&T were 7-2

Mark Pavitt, usually a class act, bowled by a tasty in-swinger from Kahn.

Despite fighting hard Lokyer was to fall to the highlight of the innings an amazing ‘One of the best you will see anywhere’ catch at slip by Roy Smith and O&T were 11-4

Kirk Laws, still dreaming about what he was going to do to Panesar, managed to get bowled for nought while the Ex England star was tying his shoe laces on the boundary.

Eventually Panesar did enter the attack and Hassan Ali was his first victim as he was bowled behind his legs by a nice turning delivery from the left-armer.

Despite some brief resistance from Danny Laird and George Pavitt, joint top scoring with 10 a piece, the end was nigh for O&T.

Laird & Mitchell both bowled by the excellent Kahn who also had Tahir caught and this left George Pavitt and 1st innings hero Redman at the crease.

Up steps Panesar to have Redman caught for final wicket.

Orsett and Thurrock all out for 42

There are many lessons to be learnt from this fixture and speaking to captain Beno after the game it was clear where.

“It all boils down to gloves and tea”, Bennett said.

“We need more gloves in case Umar forgets them again, but we don’t need as much tea at half time.”

What could have been ……

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