Essex League: Billericay, Brentwood draw on positives

PUBLISHED: 16:00 27 May 2018

A Billericay bowler in action (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

A Billericay bowler in action (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Billericay and Brentwood had to settle for draws in their latest Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division outings.

Top-flight new boys Billericay hosted defending champions Chelmsford and slipped to 113-7, with only Darren Ironside (34) making much impact.

But they reached 231-7 after half-centuries from Ross Poulton (76 not out) and Rob Lee (55 not out) in an unbroken 118-run stand for the eighth wicket, which proved vital.

Essex staffer Paul Walter struck early with the ball in reply, but Dan Hagen (47) and Nick Prowting (67) then put on 113 for the second wicket.

Robert Rayner (3-30) ended their stand and had more success with Poulton (3-32) as wickets continued to fall at regular intervals.

Walter (2-40) picked up a second scalp as well as Chelmsford closed on 190-8, with Billericay claiming 12 points from the draw.

Brentwood’s Anthony Giles and Ben Allison (2-17) had success with the new ball against Chingford, before Ian Belchamber (2-29) and Charlie Griffiths (5-76) ran through the rest of the order to dismiss the visitors for 194.

But Brentwood lost wickets at regular intervals in reply, slumping to 62-5 before Allison and James Redwood steadied the ship with a 45-run stand.

Allison hit six fours in his 42, but was the only Brentwood batsman to pass 16 as they dug in for a draw and closed on 142-8.

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