Cricket: Defeat for Orsett against Upminster but plenty of positives

Orsett and Thurrock CC

Orsett & Thurrock CC Match Reports

1st XI
Upminster CC 201-9 (50)

Orsett & Thurrock CC 184-9 (45)

Orsett & Thurrock 1st team welcomed 2016 champions Upminster CC to School Lane Saturday with both teams looking to bounce back from defeats the previous week. Upminster captain Nicky Ison won the toss and elected to bat first on what looked to be a good wicket albeit with a long outfield due to the council again not cutting the grass short enough.

The Upminster openers were watchful with G Pavitt & M Pavitt (no relation) beating the edge on countless occasions in swinging conditions. After a solid start, the born-again G Pavitt (with the help of a new back) made the breakthrough reducing the away side to 39-1 from 12 overs.

With Upminster looking primed to build a big first innings score at 113-1 up stepped young spin gun Tom Redman. Redman found his length early and didn’t give the batsmen any easy scoring, his persistence finally paid off as opener S Butt hit it straight down K Laws’ throat at long on for a well-played 65. Redman then continued with his excellent bowling picking up 2 more wickets (again with Laws taking the catches) leaving Upminster struggling at 128-5. 16-year-old Redman finished with fantastic figures of 15 overs, 3 wickets for 52 runs.

After some minor partnerships, blunted by the bowling of G Pavitt and J Mitchell, plus another catch by Laws, Upminster finished their innings on 201-9. A score probably worth about 250 given the state of the uncut outfield.

With the sun shining, crowds building and the smell of the BBQ in the air, OAT openers Paul Bennett and Umar Ayub again got the team off to a solid start finding themselves on 46-0 from the opening 10 overs. As has been common at the start of this season, OAT then lost quick wickets with the team left reeling on 47-3 with J Curtis taking all 3 wickets. As they did so often in 2017, Nawaz Ahmad Jan and Mark Pavitt began to rebuild the innings by rotating strike with some good running and well-placed strokes.

With the rebuild in full flow, OAT were again in the box seat sitting at 108-3 at drinks. With 17 overs remaining O&T needed 94 to win with 7 wickets in hand. Disaster than struck with OAT losing N A Jan and then Dan Laird in a couple of overs. Kirk Laws joined Pavitt at the crease and looked to score at every opportunity to set the team up for a chance to win in the final overs. After Laws holed out for 18 and with the outfield providing no assistance, Pavitt knew he had to go aerial to get the job done. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be, with 10 an over needed Pavitt was finally out for a good knock of 61 from 95 balls and with it, OAT’s chances effectively over.

G Pavitt came to the crease and has he has done so many times before, bored the crowd with a mixture of good leaves and big forward defensives to see the team home for a draw ending on 184-9.

Another week of what could have been, but plenty of positives including young Tom Redmans 15 overs 3-52 and Mark Pavitts 61.

OAT travel to Woodford Wells next week looking to get back on the winning trail.

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