Brentwood beat Harold Wood in dramatic derby

PUBLISHED: 08:00 15 June 2015

Actoin from Brentwood's clash with Harold Wood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Actoin from Brentwood's clash with Harold Wood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Premier Division clash proves a thriller

Action from Brentwood's clash with Harold Wood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Action from Brentwood's clash with Harold Wood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Brentwood got the better of Harold Wood in a thrilling Essex League Premier Division contest at the Old County Ground.

Wood captain Tom Clarke won the toss and chose to bat, with his side still winless after the first five timed matches of the campaign.

And he saw Raihan Hussain (22) and Burhan Mahmood put on 53 for the first wicket before Charlie Griffiths broke through for Brentwood.

Mahmood fell seven runs short of a half-century to Tom Oakley after hitting seven boundaries and Hamzah Ikram was dismissed cheaply by Aaron West to leave Wood 97-3.

Brentwood's Guy Balmford hits out (pic: Graham Hodges)Brentwood's Guy Balmford hits out (pic: Graham Hodges)

Shahbaz Khan and Maruf Chowdhury both fell with the Wood score on 127, to Ian Belchamber and Oakley respectively, before Hamza Ahmed was the sixth batsman to depart three short of a fifty.

Ahmed hit two sixes and a four in his 67-ball knock before becoming Oakley’s third victim and was followed back to the pavilion by Richard Brabner, Umar Farooq, Clarke and Zohran Afzal as Griffiths (4-35) mopped up.

Kristen Ali finished unbeaten on 26 as Wood were dismissed for 173 and Brentwood were soon in trouble at 12-2 after Tom Phillippe and West fell to Hussain.

Oakley (31) led the home side to 49 before falling to Afzal, with Jon Walford’s departure, caught by Clarke off Farooq, leaving them 67-4.

Brentwood captain Joe Buttleman fell to Kristen Ali with his side only just into three figures, but Peter Younghusband helped Guy Balmford advance the total to 144 before also falling to Ali.

Balmford completed a half-century, with a six and four fours, but then fell to Mahmood to leave Brentwood 147-7, with Griffiths run out with only two more runs added to the total.

Wood looked slight favourites at that point, but Jake Wickham held firm as Essex staffer Thomas Moore took the lead role at the other end.

And after Wickham fell to Ali (3-38), Moore (22 not out) scored the runs needed to see Brentwood over the finish line with last man Ian Belchamber at the other end.

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