Brentwood breeze past South Woodford in Essex League Premier Division
PUBLISHED: 09:00 11 July 2016
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Browne ton in vain for strugglers
Resurgent Brentwood earned another big win at the expense of struggling basement boys South Woodford.
The home side included Essex opener Nick Browne in their line-up, and saw him carry his bat to score an unbeaten century.
But it was not enough as Brentwood’s top three all hit half-centuries to steer the visitors to an eight-wicket win with 10 overs to spare.
Brentwood captain Joe Buttleman put the hosts into bat after winning the toss, but saw Browne and opposite number Joe Craddock put on 50, before Jake Wickham made the breakthrough.
Browne held firm, but Aaron West and Charlie Griffiths had success with the ball for Brentwood, before Ian Belchamber (2-43) dismissed Bradley Copper and Chris Wong in quick succession to leave South Woodford 127-5.
Michael Browne helped brother Nick move closer to three figures, with Kabir Rashid producing an entertaining cameo of 43 off 33 balls in a 59-run stand for the seventh wicket, hitting a six and five fours before falling to West (2-52).
Browne eventually brought up his hundred alongside Harry Shirt and was unbeaten on 109, having hit eight fours and faced 129 balls, as South Woodford closed on 235-7.
West and Tom Oakley had shared an unbroken 156-run stand in Brentwood’s rain-affected win over second-placed Hornchurch a week earlier and combined in another 96-run partnership to lay the foundations for their latest successful chase.
West eventually gave a return catch to Copper to fall for 58, off 44 balls, after hitting two sixes and eight fours, but Dave Hammond then helped add 111 for the second wicket, before Oakley departed nine runs short of a century.
Oakley hit a six and 11 fours in his 98-ball knock, while Hammond was unbeaten on 73 from 79 deliveries, having hit a six and nine fours, as Brentwood cruised to their target.
A fourth league win of the season saw Brentwood close the gap on fourth-placed Colchester to six points, but defeat leaves South Woodford 18 points adrift at the bottom of the table with eight matches remaining.
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