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Old Brentwoods on brink of Essex League Division Three title

PUBLISHED: 14:00 15 August 2016

An Old Brentwoods bowler in action (pic: Isabel Infantes)

An Old Brentwoods bowler in action (pic: Isabel Infantes)

Isabel Infantes

Woodford Green, Ardleigh Green also celebrate wins

Old Brentwoods eased to an eight-wicket win over Benfleet as they closed in on the Essex League Division Three title.

The visitors chose to bat first, but lost James Wilkins without scoring as Khalid Sarwar struck immediately with the new ball.

Awais Sadaqat (4-72) then ran through the rest of the Benfleet top order, but Gareth Steed offered some resistance.

Imran Hussain (2-33) struck twice in two balls, but Steed hit 13 fours to finish unbeaten on 80 from 87 balls after Sarwar (2-37) dismissed the last man to wrap up the innings on 226.

Hussain and Ramesh Gunalan then hit half-centuries in a big opening stand to put Brentwoods well on the way to their target.

Gunalan hit three sixes and six fours in his 56 from just 38 balls, while Hussain hit a six and 10 fours to reach 73 from 68 deliveries.

Wade Canham then weighed in with an unbeaten 76 from 69 balls, striking a six and 12 fours, as Brentwoods got home in the 31st over and moved 51 points clear of Basildon with three matches remaining.

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Woodford Green moved up to fifth place with a four-wicket victory over Epping at Lower Bury Lane.

Bowling honours were shared between Rishabh Mehan (3-24), captain Jack Cossey (3-30) and Mohammed Hasan (3-61) as Green dismissed the home side for 218.

And Australian batsman Cooper Bingham steered Green to their target in reply, finishing unbeaten on 88 after Sayaad Hussain (31), Saad Ijaz (23) and Matthew Field (24 not out) also chipped in.

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Ardleigh Green moved up two places in the table after a fine win at third-placed Westcliff.

The hosts chose to bat first after winning the toss and saw their openers put on 46, before Lloyd Edwards made the breakthrough.

Edwards (2-57) claimed the second wicket to fall, before Randell Thomas removed opener Charlie Lockhart for 64 to make it 115-3.

Muhammad Asif (4-27) and Jamal Chaudhry (3-25) then combined for the remaining seven wickets as Westcliff were dismissed for 179 in the 46th over.

Green lost Paul Hurworth cheaply in reply, with Tom Gentle and Adam Thain following him back to the pavilion to leave the visitors 56-3.

But captain Chris Cook put on 74 for the fourth wicket with Choudhry Mahboob, who hit two sixes and six fours in his 63 from 67 balls.

Cook had support from Asif and took his side to within six runs of victory before he was trapped leg before for 36, having hit seven boundaries.

And Asif was unbeaten on 31 as Green completed a four-wicket win in the 39th over, after hitting a six and four fours.

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