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Essex League: Brentwood get better of Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 09:34 03 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:34 03 September 2017

Brentwood's Guy Balmford hits out (pic: Graham Hodges)

Brentwood's Guy Balmford hits out (pic: Graham Hodges)

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Brentwood kept their faint hopes of the Premier Division title alive with a big win over Hornchurch.

A 236-run opening stand between Rishi Patel and Guy Balmford set the home side on their way to a declaration at 363-3 after 52 overs.

And Ian Belchamber took four wickets as fourth-placed Hornchurch were dismissed for 226 in reply.

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith put the hosts into bat, but saw Patel hit three sixes and 13 fours in his 117 from 107 balls, before falling to Chamikara Mudalige.

Balmford added another 90 with Aaron West, who hit 48 off 35 balls, and was unbeaten on 162 from 154 deliveries, after hitting four sixes and 15 fours.

Patel removed Jamie Sorrell with the first ball of Hornchurch’s innings, but Ronnie Saunders (51) and Michael Boones (45) put on 91 for the second wicket.

Both fell to Charlie Griffiths (2-63) and although Brian Barnard (36), Billy Gordon (25) and Taqi Abbas (29) all made starts, the target was too much for Hornchurch.

Belchamber finished with 4-55, while Anthony Giles took 3-51 as Brentwood remained 19 points behind leaders Wanstead in third place with one game remaining.

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