Wickford move clear at the top

Wickford 1st v Orsett & Thurrock 1st – Hamro Foundation Essex League (First XI Division Two) – Patmore Memorial Sports Ground – Summary

Orsett & Thurrock 141 (46.5 overs)
Wickford 142/4 (39.3 overs)
Orsett & Thurrock won the toss and elected to bat
Wickford won by six wickets

Wickford took full advantage of draws for title rivals Gidea Park and Leigh On Sea by recording a six-wicket victory over Orsett & Thurrock to establish a twelve-point lead at the top of the table.

Huzaifa Umer took 3/23 and Chirag Desai 3/21 as the host dismissed Orsett for 141 – Opening bat, Lewis Lockyer top-scoring with 32, while Jack Hart reached 28.

Wickford reached their target within 40 overs for the loss of four wickets. Umer’s unbeaten 86 laying the foundations – Gareth Wright unbeaten on 18 at the conclusion – George Pavitt and Tom Redman taking two apiece for the beaten visitor.

Wickford 1st: Phillippe (Capt), Whitworth, R.Mckenna, H.Umer, Westwood, Desai, C.Etchells, D.Etchells, Bottrill, Wright, Deller

Orsett & Thurrock 1st: Lewis Lockyer, Ross Fullbrook, Mark Pavitt, Jack Hart, William Gibbon, Kirk Laws, Jack Churchyard, Sahib Singh, Tom Redman, George Pavitt, Gaurav Bhandari

Points: Wickford 1st 20 Orsett & Thurrock 1st 5

Brian Jeeves

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