Another win for Old Brentwoods Cricket Club in Essex League Division Three, but Ardleigh Green Cricket Club and Woodford Green Cricket Club lose

PUBLISHED: 16:00 18 July 2016

The second half of the 2016 cricket season is under way (pic: Jonathan Brady/PA WIRE)

The second half of the 2016 cricket season is under way (pic: Jonathan Brady/PA WIRE)

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The leaders of the division continued their fine form while at the other end two local teams suffered frustrated defeats

Old Brentwoods continued their march towards the Essex League Division Three title with a five wicket win over visitors Epping at the weekend.

The away side won the toss and decided to bat first, but Awais Sadaqat (3-41) struck early for the leaders.

Wade Canham backed him up strongly and produced a solid spell of 2-24 from his 10 overs at the Society of Old Brentwoods.

Epping continued to get runs, although Khalid Sarwar (2-26) tried to halt their progress and did a fine job.

Eventually Old Brentwoods dismissed the visitors for 210 with two overs still left of their innings.

The leaders lost three wickets in quick succession, but Baber Choudhary and Rajnish Dohal joined forces and put together a good partnership.

Choudhary went for 82, but Dohal remained at the crease and finished unbeaten on 60 as Old Brentwoods won in the 44th over.

Ardleigh Green suffered a frustrating defeat at home to struggling Walthamstow after a poor batting display.

Chris Cook won the toss and decided to bat first, but only one person was able to score a significant innings at Central Park.

Choudhry Mahboob (10) and Martin Cason (15) got in, but it was Paul Hurworth who enabled Green to post a competitive total.

The number four finished unbeaten on 97 as he ran out of partners and the hosts were all out for 184 in the 31st over.

Muhammad Asif (2-53) nabbed a brace, but Walthamstow were able to reach their winning total with just over 15 overs to spare and for the loss of just three wickets.

Woodford Green suffered a reverse on home soil, but only after a close encounter with West Essex.

Jack Cossey’s men would have been confident of earning a victory before the match up against the basement boys of the division.

After winning the toss and choosing to bat they made a decent start despite losing Cooper Bingham cheaply.

Anthony Palmer (37) and Cossey (41) rebuilt the innings, but once they went the rest of the team struggled for runs.

Hamza Hussain (19) was the only person to reach double figures apart from Palmer and the skipper.

Woodford Green only managed to make 159 before they were dismissed in the 37th over of the innings.

They still harboured hope of getting a victory and Mohammed Hasan shone early on to pick up 3-28.

It gave Cossey’s team a fighting chance and West Essex continued to lose wickets at regular intervals.

Unfortunately number five Riz Akbar held his nerve and saw the basement boys home with an unbeaten 42.

West Essex won by three wickets with seven overs in hand to leave Woodford Green frustrated on home soil.

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