Essex League: Kliber hits ton as Shenfield draw with Hornchurch
PUBLISHED: 13:50 13 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:50 13 May 2018
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Shenfield captain Jack Kliber hit a century against Hornchurch on the opening day of the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division season.
But his efforts proved in vain as the rain-affected match, hit by a long delay mid-afternoon, ended in a draw.
Shenfield had finished fourth, just above their local rivals, last season and Kliber chose to bat first after winning the toss.
The home skipper saw Alan Jones (22) make a start before edging Hornchurch captain Billy Gordon behind to wicketkeeper Michael Bones.
And former England Test spinner Monty Panesar then trapped Jamie Walton lbw for a duck on his way to figures of 13-1-31-1, before Ollie Ekers, Tom Ballington and Matthew Salisbury all fell to Mehad Khan.
Kliber went on to reach 108 before he too was dismissed by Khan, who finished with 4-45, and Essex youngster Jack Plom was left unbeaten as Mitchell Edwards was run out from the last ball of the innings as Shenfield closed on 214-7 after 42 overs.
Salisbury struck early in the Hornchurch reply to trap young opener Frankie Jacobs lbw, while Edwards bowled Jamie Sorrell.
Ronnie Saunders (34) and Gordon also fell to Edwards (3-13), but Bhajandip Singh Purewal was unbeaten on 24 when rain stopped play again at 7pm, with the Hornchurch score on 92-4 after 22 overs.
Shenfield took nine points from the draw ahead of their trip to Valentines Park to take on Ilford next weekend, while Hornchurch collected six with a home match against Hadleigh at Harrow Lodge Park their next assignment.