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Cricket: Shenfield captain Jack Kliber disappointed with derby defeat to Billericay

PUBLISHED: 14:00 06 June 2018

Jack Kliber of Shenfield (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Jack Kliber of Shenfield (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Shenfield captain Jack Kliber is disappointed to suffer a Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division derby defeat to Billericay at Blunts Wall Road.

Put into bat by visiting captain Jack Kliber, the hosts saw Aaron Curtis hit a six and seven fours in a 52-ball 54 as he dominated a 75-run opening stand with Saurav Prabhakar (29).

Essex staffer Paul Walter (24), Darren Ironside (37), captain Lee Knight (30) and Ross Poulton (21 not out) all made starts as Billericay reached 246, despite three run outs, with Essex youngster Jack Plom (3-42), Charlie Haddon (2-16) and Mitchell Edwards (2-51) sharing the other wickets to fall.

“We’re definitely disappointed as it was a game we felt we could have won especially on the back on the Wanstead victory last week,” Kliber said.

“They batted really well and we can’t take that away from them.

“I think we actually bowled really well at them but I think that shows how well they batted.

“Even despite their strong performance we got them to a score we thought we could chase down but we didn’t.”

Adam Marchant (3-16) and Walter (3-45) reduced the visitors to 23-5 in reply, before Edwards (29) and Ryan Plom (26) steadied the ship.

But Shenfield slipped to 89-8 as Poulton (3-43) struck, before Tom Austin and Arshad Ali (22) hit out late on.

And last man Haddon also hung around to reach double figures before falling to Walter, as Austin finished unbeaten on 57 from 55 balls having hit two sixes and five fours.

“At 20-3 we was always going to struggles to chase 240,” he said.

“I was pleased with our lower order batting but the top end didn’t perform well enough and that’s something we need to improve.”

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