Oakfield Parkonians get promotion boost; Hutton raise hopes
PUBLISHED: 14:00 22 August 2016
Vital wins at both ends of Essex League Division Two table
Oakfield Parkonians eased to a comfortable seven-wicket win at Leigh to improve their hopes of promotion from Essex League Division Two.
The home side chose to bat first at Chalkwell Park after winning the toss, but Selvam Ramasamy produced a superb spell with the new ball to pick up 3-16.
Change bowlers Abdul Rehman Razzaq (3-30), Eshun Kalley (2-23) and Ramya Upadhyay also had success as Leigh were dismissed for just 103 in 42 overs.
And Parks raced to their target inside 20 overs in reply, thanks largely to Haris Khan (30) and Upadhyay, who hit 10 fours in his unbeaten 48, as victory saw them leapfrog Gidea Park & Romford into second place.
Jibran Azam’s side have a 12-point cushion over their rivals ahead of a crunch clash between the two sides at Gallows Corner next weekend.
Meanwhile, Hutton gave their hopes of avoiding relegation a boost with a five-wicket win over Harlow Town.
Hutton captain Stuart Feeley put the visitors into bat at the Polo Field Ground, but their openers put on 49 before Carl Mumba made the breakthrough.
A 60-run stand for the second wicket followed, before club stalwart Graham Spooner claimed the first of his four wickets.
Spooner struck again in his next over to leave Town 117-3, with Jon Mowll then nabbing a quick brace to reduce the visitors to 125-5.
Mowll took a catch off the bowling of Spooner as a sixth wicket fell on 129, but Town’s lower order dug in to lift the total to 193-8.
Spooner finished with 4-35, with David Carpenter taking the other wicket to fall in the innings.
And Hutton saw Daniel Hagger hold firm in reply, as Mitchell Fenn, Mowll and Feeley fell cheaply at the other end to leave them 56-3.
Hagger hit a six and five fours in his 56, before he was the fourth man to fall with the score on 124.
Mumba took charge after that, despite losing Chris McNally for a single, and hit six sixes and six fours in his unbeaten 94, from just 72 balls, to steer Hutton to their target.