Cricket: Upminster, Brentwood book T20 finals spots
PUBLISHED: 08:21 29 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:21 29 May 2018
Upminster and Brentwood made home advantage count on Bank Holiday Monday to book their places at the Essex T20 Cup finals day.
Ollie Peck (4-25), John Curtis (3-6) and Louis Pickering (2-15) shone as Hadleigh were dismissed for 97, before Shahbaz Butt hit an unbeaten 57 off 52 balls to see Upminster to a six-wicket win with four balls to spare.
That set up a meeting with Billericay, who had skittled Wanstead for 60 for a 35-run win in their earlier match, and Upminster made 133-4 thanks to another half-century from Butt (55).
Pickering (34 not out) gave useful support with the bat, before Billericay came up short in a thrilling finish on 129-8.
Nathan Khelawon (36) and Saurav Prabhakar (23) top scored for the visitors, but Upminster captain Nick Ison (3-17) kept his nerve at the death to seal victory for his side.
Brentwood held Belhus to 117-3 at the Old County Ground, with Ian Belchamber (2-17) bagging a brace.
Rishi Patel clubbed an unbeaten 81 off just 30 balls in reply, smashing five sixes and 10 fours in an unbroken 118-run stand with captain Aaron West (33 not out) as Brentwood eased to their target inside 10 overs.
That set up a meeting with Premier Division rivals Chelmsford, with West (50) and James Redwood (31) top scoring in a total of 120-7.
Charlie Griffiths (3-29), Ben Allison (2-11) and Belchamber (2-16) then combined with the ball to hold Chelmsford to 103-8.