Essex League: Brentwood beat Billericay; Shenfield let slip
PUBLISHED: 14:00 24 June 2018
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Brentwood were comfortable winners over Billericay in their Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division derby at the Old County Ground.
Visiting captain Lee Knight chose to bat after winning the toss and Saurav Prabhakar and Aaron Curtis (30) put on 47 for the first wicket.
Charlie Griffiths (2-17) and Adam Zampa (4-32) struck in quick succession, then shared four more wickets to leave the visitors 72-6.
Darren Ironside held firm at one end as wickets were tumbling, with Rob Lee and Oliver Sarkar reaching double figures in support.
Ian Belchamber (3-21) kept Brentwood on top, though, and Ben Allison wrapped up the innings on 157 after 41 overs, with Ironside unbeaten on 51 from 89 balls.
Brentwood captain Aaron West led the way in reply with a superb century, putting on 122 for the first wicket with Guy Balmford (31).
West fell for 101, having hit two sixes and 15 fours in a 109-ball innings, with his side just short of their target, before Tom Oakley sealed a seven-wicket win in the 32nd over.
*Shenfield let a good position slip as they fell to a two-wicket defeat at bottom club Southend.
Alan Jones hit an unbeaten 60, while Mitchell Edwards (37) and Tom Austin (26) also made starts as the visitors were dismissed for 212 in the last over.
Essex staffers Jack Plom (3-35) and Aaron Beard (2-51) had early success with the ball in Southend’s reply, with Charlie Haddon and Edwards picking up a wicket apiece to leave them eight down.
But Alex Karkoski (39 not out) and Adam Rendall (48 not out) combined in an unbroken ninth-wicket stand to see the hosts reach their target in the 45th over for their first win of the season.