Hard work pays off for young cricketers


A local cricket coach has dyed his hair pink after one of his young cricketers hit a six in a match.

Terry Hills coaches an all-girls team at Orsett & Thurrock Cricket Club in Essex playing in the local U13 league called the Amazons. Terry is an excellent coach who motivates young cricketers. Terry said: “During winter training I told Amazon Grace Shepherd, a middle order batswoman, that if she hit a six in a match this season I would dye my hair pink. I didn’t release just how motivated teenager Grace would be to do just that.”

Orsett and Thurrock Cricket Club is an amalgamated club who are involved in welcoming part of the local community. They have 5 Saturday league sides in the Shepherd Neame Essex League.

They also have Sunday teams and an excellent youth set-up who keep the future looking bright for the club. They play host to some fantastic games of cricket and mid-season events, and we play in a competitive, but friendly manner. The club has a warm and welcoming pavilion with a bar and Sky Sports TV

The Amazons met an all boys team, the Trojans, on June 9 and Grace struck the third ball she faced beautifully, to send it sailing over umpiring Terry’s head and well over the boundary.

Hard work

Terry was forced to signal the six that sealed his pink fate before burying his head in his hands, whilst the Amazons and parents celebrated with a little more gusto than normal, in front of the somewhat bewildered Trojans who went on to win the game by 6 points.

“It was no ordinary shot from Grace, a moment of technical brilliance. It was fantastic to see all the hard work during Winter training pay off” said Terry.

“I’m so proud of all of the girls that I coach and I was happy to honour my agreement”.

The timing of the achievement could not have been better, as Terry took the Amazons to see England ladies take on the West Indies in Chelmsford on Thursday sporting his pink hair flanked by the Amazons in their all green strips,

Chafford Hundred resident Grace and her teammate, a fellow Harris Academy Pupil, Emily Hart got to be part of the presentation party, presenting the medals to the victorious England team.


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