1965 – County Players delight crowd at Orsett

Gordon Barker’s XI  210-7 dec;
Thurrock CC  112-7 (match drawn)

played at Orsett Recreation Ground, Sunday 2nd May 1965

Essex County players thrilled the crowd at Orsett on Sunday who turned up to watch this excellent game in aid of Gordon Barker’s benefit.  The result, though, was immaterial as the strong Essex team never asserted their superiority over the gallant Thurrock team.  The visitors batted first and openers Gordon Barker and Geoff Smith featured in a century stand before “throwing” their wickets away.  With 123 on the board, other members of the team played a variety of unusual shots before allowing themselves to be dismissed cheaply.  Home bowler Jim Reader took 3-53.

Thurrock found the spin bowling of Paddy Phelan more than a handful and at the close they were 121-7.  Highest scores came from Trevor Lester and Jim Reader, who hit 21 each.  Earlier, for the County team, Brian Edmeades was undefeated on 34.  Thurrock had played very well against the strong opposition, but the pitch did not suit their bowlers and consequently, the visitors were able to pile on the runs.  But the Thurrock showed excellent skills in the field and looked in fine form so early in the season.


      Innings of Gordon Barker’s XI   Innings of Thurrock CC        
      Barker b Bryant 56   Blows c O’Neill b Phelan 16      
      Smith st Lester b Davies 98   Bloss c Lindsay b O’Neill 4      
      G. Saville c Reader b Bryant 1   Carter b Phelan 1      
      Wrightson c Lewis b Reader 2   Tokeley c Saville b Phelan 6      
      Steward lbw b Reader 0   Bryant b Phelan 18      
      Edmeades not out 34   Lester c Barker b Wrightson 21      
      Presland c Lewis b Reader  0   Lee st Steward b Saville 3      
      Phelan c Bryant b Davis  1   Reader not out 21      
      Lindsay not out 11   Lewis run out 15      
      extras 7   extras 7      
      TOTAL (for 7 wickets, dec.) 210   TOTAL (for 7 wickets) 112      
      Thurrock CC Bowling     Gordon Barker’s XI Bowling      
      Davies 1-40, Reader 3-53,      Edmeades 0-8, O’Neill 1-10,      
      Bryant 2-54, Lewis 0-23,     Phelan 4-31, Smith 0-13,        
      Oxley 0-15.     Barker 0-13, Wrightson 1-1,      
            Saville 1-6.        
      Fixture played at Orsett Recreation Ground on Sunday 2nd May 1965      
      Match drawn.              

Essex and Thurrock Gazette (edition dated 7th May 1965)