Hainault & Clayhall hold off Hutton in Essex League Division Two
PUBLISHED: 13:00 01 August 2016
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Vital victory for Hurst’s men
Hainault & Clayhall claimed a slender Essex League Division Two win over Hutton to open up a gap towards the bottom of the table.
Etinder Bopara’s half-century led the hosts to 241, as Carl Mumba took four wickets for Hutton, and there were three wickets apiece for captain Ryan Hurst and Sagar Joshi as Hainault clinched an 11-run win, despite an unbeaten century from Mitchell Fenn.
Only four points separated the two sides at the start of play and Hurst chose to bat after winning the toss.
Joshi (23), Irfan Shah and Bhalandip Singh fell in quick succession to leave Hainault 59-3, but Hurst (24) then shared 76 for the fourth wicket with Bopara.
They both succumbed to William Southgate (2-37), though, as Bopara departed for 50 off 67 balls, having hit 10 fours, and Yasin Patel was run out to leave the hosts 160-6.
Owais Abdul-Rehman held firm to finish unbeaten on 49 and had lower-order support from John French (21) and Khalil Khan as the total rose to 241.
Mumba (4-43) was the pick of Hutton’s attack, but the visitors lost Alex Tredgett, James Mowll and captain Stuart Feeley cheaply in reply to find themselves 56-3.
Mumba (27) put on 83 for the fourth wicket with Fenn, before Khan (2-35) struck twice in quick succession and Joshi claimed his second scalp to make it 175-6.
Jon Hammond hit two sixes and a four in a brief cameo, before he and Southgate fell to Hurst (3-57), and Bopara took a catch off the bowling of Joshi (3-45) to get rid of David Carpenter.
That left Hutton nine down and still needing 17 for victory, which proved beyond them as Hamza Omar dismissed last man Matthew Scammell with four balls remaining and the score on 230 to leave Fenn stranded on 102, after a valiant 157-ball knock that included six fours.
Victory leaves Hainault 25 points clear of the relegation places with five matches remaining, while Hutton are still looking over their shoulders with only an eight-point cushion.