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Brentwood get better of Essex League Premier Division leaders Wanstead

PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 August 2016

Jonathan Das of Wanstead celebrates the dismissal of Brentwood's Aaron West (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Jonathan Das of Wanstead celebrates the dismissal of Brentwood's Aaron West (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Title race set to go down to wire

Brentwood's Dave Hammond cannot believe his bat has broken in half against Wanstead (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Brentwood's Dave Hammond cannot believe his bat has broken in half against Wanstead (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Brentwood threw the Essex League Premier Division title race wide open with victory over leaders Wanstead, as they closed the gap to 30 points.

Captain Joe Buttleman clubbed an unbeaten half-century to lead the home side to 263-6, after choosing to bat first.

And the home bowling attack combined well to seal a 34-run victory, despite another impressive innings from Wanstead’s Hassan Chowdhury.

Aaron West (31) put on 56 for the first Brentwood wicket with Tom Oakley, before being stumped by Jonathan Das off the bowling of Herons skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal.

Wanstead players celebrate a wicket against Brentwood (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Wanstead players celebrate a wicket against Brentwood (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Zain Shahzad dismissed Oakley (24) soon after and Rishi Patel was caught by Arfan Akram off Aron Nijjar to leave Brentwood 81-3.

Dave Hammond (33) shared 78 for the fourth wicket with Will Buttleman, before edging Lesbourne Edwards behind to Das, and Edwards ran out the younger Buttleman four runs short of his half-century to make it 179-5.

Essex staffer Kishen Velani dismissed former county player Max Osborne with the score on 218, but Joe Buttleman hit two sixes and six fours to finish unbeaten on 56 from 50 balls and wicketkeeper James Redwood added a cameo 23 not out off just 14 deliveries, with a six and two fours to see Brentwood close on 263-6.

Wanstead lost Akram cheaply in reply, edging Jake Wickham to Redwood, but Feroze Khushi (34) put on 115 with Chowdhury before he was run out by West.

Tom Oakley of Brentwood in action against Wanstead (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Tom Oakley of Brentwood in action against Wanstead (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Chowdhury fell 12 runs short of another century – after his unbeaten 155 against Ilford a week earlier – as West took a catch of left-arm spinner Ian Belchamber, to leave the visitors 135-3.

And Tom Cummins and Adnan Akram fell in quick succession to Charlie Griffiths and Belchamber, respectively, as Herons found themselves 165-5.

Wanstead’s hopes were resting on Velani, but he fell to Patel for 39 with 63 runs still needed.

Nijjar was then run out for just a single and Das and Ellis-Grewal also fell cheaply to the returning Osborne (2-40) to make it 220-9.

And Lesbourne Edwards was left unbeaten on 27, having hit two sixes, as Shahzad was dismissed by West to seal Wanstead’s fate.

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