Brentwood close gap on Essex League Premier Division rivals

PUBLISHED: 12:00 31 July 2016 | UPDATED: 08:43 01 August 2016

Max Osborne of Brentwood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Max Osborne of Brentwood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Win at Colchester lifts Buttleman’s men

Brentwood moved to within three points of second place in the Essex League Premier Division table with victory over Colchester.

Half-centuries from Dave Hammond, Max Osborne and Will Buttleman helped the visitors pile up 302-5 from their 50 overs.

And three wickets apiece from Jake Wickham and Ian Belchamber kept the hosts in check as Joe Buttleman’s side secured a 71-run win.

Put into bat at picturesque Castle Park, Brentwood lost Tom Oakley with only nine runs on the board.

But Hammond shared 64 for the second wicket with Aaron West (31) and another 107 with Essex youngster Rishi Patel, who fell for 41 after hitting a six and four fours.

Hammond followed just three balls later, seven runs short of a century, after hitting a six and 10 fours in his 100-ball innings.

But that set up a superb 119-run partnership in just 13 overs between former Essex staffer Osborne and current Academy youngster Buttleman.

Osborne clubbed four sixes and three fours to reach 67 off just 41 deliveries, before he was trapped leg before to the final ball of the innings.

That left Buttleman unbeaten on 50, from just 38 balls, after hitting a six and five fours as Brentwood closed on a challenging 302-5.

Osborne and Wickham kept things tight at the start of Colchester’s reply, with the latter striking in three successive overs to reduce them to 61-3 on his way to fine figures of 10-1-25-3.

The hosts hit back with a 58-run stand for the fourth wicket, which was ended by West, and Belchamber dismissed Colchester skipper Tom Ullyott seven runs short of a half-century to make it 149-5 in the 34th over.

Slow left-armer Belchamber struck again in his next over to leave the hosts six down and relying heavily on stalwart Andrew Kennedy.

But Kennedy was then run out for 25 and Belchamber (3-63) picked up his third scalp, before Osborne returned for his second spell to get in on the act and leave Colchester nine wickets down.

And Oakley then claimed the final wicket with only his second delivery to secure maximum points and a happy trip back down the A12.

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