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First defeat for champions-elect Old Brentwoods

PUBLISHED: 13:00 29 August 2016

The 2016 club cricket season is drawing to an exciting close (pic: Graham Hodges)

The 2016 club cricket season is drawing to an exciting close (pic: Graham Hodges)

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Essex League Division Three leaders lose on the coast

Champions-elect Old Brentwoods suffered their first defeat of the Essex League Division Three season at Westcliff in the penultimate match of the season.

The home side chose to bat first at Chalkwell Park, but lost wickets at regular intervals on their way to being dimissed for 165.

Wade Canham was the chief destroyer for Brentwoods, finishing with superb figures of 7-40 from his 15 overs.

But the visitors struggled with the bat in reply and were all out for 108 inside 25 overs.

Canham top scored with a modest 22, having hit a six and three fours, but Brentwoods remain 24 points clear at the top of the table going into their final match at home to West Essex next weekend.

Basildon remain their nearest challengers, following an emphatic win over Ardleigh Green.

They piled up 244-5 declared after 47 overs, as Ryan Dack (2-71) and Muhammad Asif (2-75) nabbed braces for Green.

And Paul Hurworth (28) and 16-year-old Randell Thomas (25 not out) were the only Green batsmen to make much impact as they were skittled for 113 in 29 overs.

It was a similar story for Woodford Green, who went down by 83 runs at Stanford.

The visitors started with only 10 men due to a car breakdown en route and play began 10 minutes late.

Stanford chose to bat after winning the toss and reached 202, before dismissing Green for 119.

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