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Old Brentwoods extend lead at top of Essex League Division Three

PUBLISHED: 13:59 01 August 2016 | UPDATED: 13:59 01 August 2016

Chris Haylett in batting action for Ardleigh Green (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Chris Haylett in batting action for Ardleigh Green (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Woodford Green upset Basildon; Ardleigh Green come up short

Tom Gentle in batting action for Ardleigh Green (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Tom Gentle in batting action for Ardleigh Green (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Old Brentwoods maintained their hold on top spot in Essex League Division Three with victory over Walthamstow.

The visitors chose to bat first after winning the toss and posted 207-9 from their 50 overs.

Joseph Pierre (2-29), Awais Sadaqat (2-30) and Wade Canham (2-34) bagged braces for table-topping Brentwoods, who reached their target with five wicket and 11 overs to spare thanks largely to Baber Choudhary (107) and Mohammad Amin (74 not out).

Victory leaves Brentwoods 36 points clear of nearest rivals Basildon with five matches remaining.

The Brentwoods cause was helped by Woodford Green, who beat Basildon by two wickets with nine balls to spare in their meeting.

Green put the home side into bat at Mopsies Park and dismissed them for 221 in the 46th over.

Mohammed Hasan (4-48) was the pick of the Green bowling, as Zubair Bhatti (2-14) and Sean Martin (2-27) nabbed a brace apiece.

And the visitors timed their run chase well, to claim their fifth win of the campaign to leapfrog Epping, Walthamstow and Ardleigh Green into fifth place.

Cooper Bingham (55), Amrit Ryatt (40) and Saad Ijaz (36) all made good starts at the top of the order, before Martin (20 not out) and Bhatti completed the task.

Ardleigh Green came up short in a high-scoring contest with lowly Benfleet at Woodside Park to suffer their fifth defeat of the season.

Skipper Paul Hurworth put the home side into bat after winning the toss and saw Aaron Hills (2-38) remove both Benfleet openers.

But opposite number Gavin Blowes held firm, hitting a six and eight fours to finish unbeaten on 105 from 129 balls as Benfleet closed on 273-7.

James Duhig, Jamal Chaudhry and Muhammad Asif also had success with the ball for Green, who saw Chris Haylett (37) and Hurworth get them off to a solid start in reply.

Choudhry Mahboob hit six fours on his way to 62 and Tom Gentle fell two runs short of a half-century, before Gareth Steed prompted a middle-order collapse.

Duhig (22) and Grant Apicella (22 not out) tried to repair the damage late on, but Green were left with too much to do and closed on 258-9.

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