Cricket: Brentwood, Billericay win well on the road
PUBLISHED: 08:00 29 July 2018
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Brentwood and Billericay both celebrated good wins on the road in their latest Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division outings.
Aaron West chose to bat first after winning the toss at Chingford but saw Harry Hobson fall cheaply.
Guy Balmford and Will Buttleman put on 182 for the second Brentwood wicket, though, to lay the platform for a challenging total of 288-5.
Buttleman hit 10 fours in his 92, before he was run out, while Balmford added another 66 with West and hit a six and seven fours in his 88.
Tom Oakley fell for a first-ball duck, but West smashed 66 off just 32 balls, including four sixes and six fours as the score climbed.
Chingford’s openers put on 80 in reply, before Ian Belchamber made the breakthrough, and Ash Casey struck soon after.
Home captain Alfie Taylor also fell to Casey (2-21) after reaching 69 off 80 balls, and West (2-22) claimed a brace to leave Chingford 163-5.
Charlie Griffiths got in on the act, before Belchamber (2-49) struck again and Anthony Giles (2-30) claimed a brace to seal a 103-run win.
Billericay, meanwhile, made 226 at defending champions Chelmsford, thanks to contributions from David Houghton (49), Ross Poulton (34), Aaron Curtis (30), Darren Ironside (24), Andy Smith (21) and Oliver Sarkar (21 not out).
And they reducedg the hosts to 41-5 as Houghton (2-23) and Smith made early inroads, which became 87-8 as Smith (5-45) completed a fine haul and Poulton also picked up a wicket.
A 63-run stand for the ninth wicket looked to little more than late defiance, but last man Mark Drain then offered further support to Nick Prowting in another half-century stand to reduce the target to just 11.
Drain hit a six and six fours in his 49 from just 30 balls, before falling to Robert Rayner as Billericay claimed victory.