Brentwood’s Essex League Premier Division title dreams over
PUBLISHED: 10:11 28 August 2016 | UPDATED: 10:11 28 August 2016
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Buttleman’s men will finish runners-up to Wanstead
Brentwood saw their Essex League Premier Division title dreams dashed on the penultimate weekend of the season, despite a hard-fought victory at Chingford.
Losing the toss meant Joe Buttleman’s men, trailing leaders Wanstead by 25 points at the start of play, could only claim 20 points from a win.
And Wanstead’s subsequent 25-point win at Buckhurst Hill, where they batted first, ensured they would take an unassailable 30-point lead into the last match of the season.
Charlie Griffiths (3-63) maintained his good form with the ball as Brentwood restricted the home side to 213-8 from their 64 overs.
Max Osborne (2-31) nabbed a brace, as Ben MacGregor hit 113 for the home side, with Jake Wickham and Ian Belchamber also among the wickets.
And Brentwood had solid contributions throughout their batting line-up as they battled to a two-wicket win.
Tom Oakley (27), Aaron West (23), Rishi Patel (23), Jon Walford (32) and Osborne (27) all made starts with the bat, with wicketkeeper James Redwood hitting an unbeaten 35 to see them to their target in the 63rd over.
But a ninth successive win – a run that included victory over Wanstead at the Old County Ground – was little consolation as Brentwood were left to contemplate the runners-up spot this season.
Buttleman’s men will look to end their campaign on a high when they welcome third-placed Hornchurch next weekend.