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Cricket: Billericay beat Brentwood in derby battle

PUBLISHED: 08:00 26 August 2018

Paul Walter in batting action (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Paul Walter in batting action (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Billericay got the better of Brentwood in their Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division derby.

Brentwood captain Aaron West chose to bat after winning the toss and Rishi Patel hit a quick 25 off 21 balls before falling to Robert Rayner.

Guy Balmford (21), Will Buttleman (28), West and Ben Allison then all fell to David Houghton to leave the visitors 99-5, before Harry Hobson (20) put on 52 with Tom Oakley.

Hobson became Houghton’s fifth victim, before Rayner (2-69) removed Charlie Griffiths after a 65-run stand with Oakley, who eventually fell to Darren Ironside for 79 after hitting two sixes and eight fours.

Ironside (2-73) then sent Ash Casey packing, before Houghton (6-57) wrapped up the innings on 248.

But Billericay lost Aaron Curtis and Ironside, to Griffiths and Stephen Heywood respectively, after both had made starts alongside Paul Walter to find themselvees 61-2.

Captain Houghton helped add 93 for the third wicket, hitting a six and three fours in his 34, and Essex all-rounder Walter went on to reach 106 off 118 balls, including two sixes and 13 fours before he was fifth man out, to Griffiths, with the total on 193.

Nick Van Lint then took Billericay to the brink, hitting two sixes and three fours in his 42 off 46 balls before also falling to Griffiths (4-59), with Mihir Mehrotra and Adam Marchant completing a three-wicket win with one ball of the 56th over remaining.

The win allowed Billericay to move to within 17 points of their near neighbours in third place, with two games left in the season.

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