Cricket; Brentwood get better of Wanstead

PUBLISHED: 14:30 19 August 2018

Ian Belchamber of Brentwood (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Ian Belchamber of Brentwood (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Brentwood got the better of Wanstead in their Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division clash at the Old County Ground on Saturday.

And the five-wicket win allowed Hornchurch to open up a 14-point lead over the Herons at the top of the table, with Brentwood a further 28 points back in third place with three games remaining.

Arfan Akram (35) and Bilal Patel (26) put on 61 for the first Wanstead wicket, before falling in quick succession to Ian Belchamber (3-41), who also dismissed Robin Das for a second-ball duck to make it 65-3.

Essex youngster Feroze Khushi followed with the score on 77, to Charlie Griffiths, and Naivedyam Dwivedi was trapped lbw by the same bowler to leave Wanstead 91-5.

Mohammed Fayyaz Khan and captain Joe Ellis-Grewal combined to put on 84 for the sixth wicket, though, before Aaron West ran out Khan.

Tom Oakley (2-29) claimed a quick brace to leave the visitors nine down, but Zain Shahzad helped his skipper take the total past 200 before becoming a third victim for Griffiths (3-75).

Ellis-Grewal was left unbeaten on 84 from 101 balls, having hit three sixes and seven fours, as Wanstead closed on 218-9 and dismissed Rishi Patel after he had hit a six and five fours in his 39 off 25 balls at the start of Brentwood’s reply.

Guy Balmford fell to Fayyaz Khan two runs short of a half-century after putting on 85 with Will Buttleman and West was a second victim for Ellis-Grewal (2-62).

Oakley fell cheaply to Fayyaz Khan (2-43) to leave Brentwood 160-4, but Buttleman took them to the brink of success, hitting 11 fours in his 86 from 130 balls.

Joe Buttleman and Ben Allison completed the task in the 52nd over to keep Brentwood in the title race for one more week at least.

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