Brentwood close gap on leaders; Shenfield edged out

PUBLISHED: 15:00 21 August 2016

Aaron West fell two runs short of a century for Brentwood against Chelmsford (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Aaron West fell two runs short of a century for Brentwood against Chelmsford (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Mixed fortunes for Essex League Premier Division neighbours

Brentwood closed the gap on Essex League Premier Division leaders Wanstead with a 62-run win over defending champions Chelmsford at the Old County Ground.

Aaron West fell two runs short of a century as the home side made 189 batting first, after rain delayed the start of play and saw the overs available reduced.

And Charlie Griffiths claimed another five-wicket haul as the visitors were dismissed for 127, which saw Brentwood claim a 25-point win and move closer to the long-time leaders with two matches remaining.

Put into bat after losing the toss and an hour of play, Brentwood lost Tom Oakley cheaply.

Jon Walford helped West put on 42 for the second wicket, which proved the best stand of the innings, and there were double-figure contributions from Will Buttleman, Jake Wickham and last man Ian Belchamber.

But Brentwood owed much to West, who hit a six and 13 fours in his 98 before he was the seventh man out, as they got to within 11 runs of the 200 mark.

Max Osborne made the breakthrough with the ball, with Jake Wickham claiming a second Chelmsford scalp with the score on 36.

Griffiths opened his account by dismissing Jack Sterland and Karamat Ali with successive deliveries, with opener Nick Prowting trapped leg before within six runs of his half-century.

Osborne (4-25) then removed the next three visiting batsmen to leave Chelmsford 116-8, before Griffiths mopped up the tail to finish with 5-52.

Meanwhile, neighbours Shenfield fell to a three-wicket defeat at Chingford in a match curtailed to 70 overs.

Put into bat, Shenfield began their innings just before 2.30pm and lost captain Jack Kliber cheaply.

Harsh Kumar (38) and Jack Potticary (55) made the two main contributions as Shenfield reached 153 before being dismissed in their 37th and last over.

But Ben MacGregor (52) and Mubasher Hassan got Chingford off to a solid start in reply, before Arshad Ali (4-59) and Suhaib Sarwar (2-39) began to make inroads with the ball for the visitors.

Hopes were raised as Chingford lost a seventh wicket, but Alfie Taylor (32 not out) saw the home side to their target with eight balls remaining.

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