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Brentwood beat Shenfield to stay in Essex League Premier Division hunt

PUBLISHED: 10:00 14 August 2016

Rishi Patel hit a century for Brentwood against Shenfield (pic; Graham Hodges)

Rishi Patel hit a century for Brentwood against Shenfield (pic; Graham Hodges)

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Centurions set up derby success for title hopefuls

Brentwood beat neighbours Shenfield by 68 runs to remain 30 points behind Essex League Premier Division leaders Wanstead.

Centuries from Essex Academy youngsters Rishi Patel and Will Buttleman led Joe Buttleman’s men to a challenging 296-6 at the Courage Playing Fields.

And Charlie Griffiths claimed five Shenfield wickets in reply as the home side were dismissed for 228.

Having beaten Wanstead a week earlier, Brentwood captain Buttleman chose to bat first after winning the toss, but Tom Oakley, Aaron West (25) and Jon Walford fell to Jack Plom, Matt Salisbury and Arshad Ali after making starts.

Patel and Buttleman put the visitors on top, though, with a superb stand and both reached three figures.

Buttleman (105) top scored by a single run, before falling to Salisbury (3-62), as Brentwood declared after 61 overs.

And the visitors stuck to their task in the field to clinch victory with the penultimate ball of the 59th over of Shenfield’s reply.

Harsh Kumar was run out by Joe Buttleman for 20, before Griffiths trapped Ryam Plom (20) and home skipper Jack Kliber (59) leg before.

Slow left-armer Ian Belchamber (2-86) got in on the act as he shared the bulk of the bowling with Griffiths and dismissed Suhaib Sarwar (36) and Jack Potticary.

Griffiths added the scalps of former Essex staffer Salisbury and the dangerous Ali, before Patel (2-17) came into the attack and picked up a cheap brace.

But Jack Plom (30 not out) held firm at one end and had support from last man David Hickey, before Griffiths finally wrapped things up.

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