Orsett & Thurrock 3rd XI 131
Southend EMT 135/3
IT was an abrupt end to the OAT 3rd XI 100% start at Southend on Saturday as the hosts secured a convincing 7 wicket win at Southchurch Park.
Southend won the toss and inserted OAT to bat under blue skies on the mouth of the Thames Riviera. Ridgewell opened the bowling from the seagull stealing chips end and he quickly disposed of The Viking, Wayne Simmons who had 6 runs before being bowled.
This bought Scott Douglas in at number 3 who thankfully turned up in normal clothes this week but alas it wasn’t to help his batting as the other opening bowler, Whiter, had him caught by Silver in what was a colourful dismissal for 2 runs! This isn’t where the colour references ended though, enter from out of the blue, in his cricket whites, the seamer by the name of Green. He soon had the OAT mood feeling black as he ripped through their batting order helping himself to 8 wickets.
It wasn’t all bad news for OAT though as Churchyard scored 23, Kooyman 14 and skipper Tyrone Owen hit 47 before getting trapped LBW. A special mention must also go to Andrew Packer. He scored 0 not out but his 36 minute stint at the crease allowed OAT to up the score to 131 all out that while massively under par, it also give the bowlers a faint hope of something to bowl at.
After a nutritious lunch of air pie and make believe sandwich, OAT were ready to take to the field and try and defend their total. Callum Owen and Andrew Packer renewed their little and large, young and old partnership with the new ball and while they bowled economically and tidily, the total did not seem enough. Both bowlers took a wicket apiece but with opener Silver hitting 64 not out and Gilroy amassing 47 before Flain removed him, the game was up.
Southend EMT reached the target pretty easily and secured victory by the margin of seven wickets. This could be the reality check the team needs as the season continues next week back in the familiar surroundings of the June Ridgewell ground in Orsett.