Gidea Park & Romford beaten by title rivals Belhus

PUBLISHED: 14:00 08 August 2016

Shawn Findlay in bowling action for Gidea Park & Romford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Shawn Findlay in bowling action for Gidea Park & Romford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Slender loss hurts hopes of being champions

Gidea Park & Romford came up agonisingly short against Belhus in their Essex League Division Two summit meeting.

Shawn Findlay and Zisan Abedin took three wickets apiece as Park dismissed Belhus for 190, but the visitors were all out for 181 in reply and trail their title rivals by 29 points with four matches remaining.

Belhus captain Danny Joyce chose to bat first after winning the toss and put on 53 for the first wicket with brother Joe, who edged Shawn Findlay behind to Steve Brant for 26.

And Ryan Wells (36) helped add 73 for the second wicket, before he was run out by Sam Hewitt.

Skipper Joyce was then run out by his opposite number Jamal Francis soon after, falling for 44 and Zisan Abedin dismissed Roy Heffernan cheaply to leave Belhus 149-4.

But Martin Guilbert held firm to take the total along to 175, before the home side lost three wickets for three runs.

Adebin (3-40) claimed two of them with leg before decisions, with Francis also getting in on the act, to make it 178-8.

And Findlay (3-31) then took two wickets in two balls, dismissing Guilbert for 41, before Matt Connaughton claimed the final wicket to wrap up the innings on 191.

Park lost James Pegram cheaply in reply, before Kasi Hoq (22) and Abedin were both dismissed by Gary Sanderson to make it 36-3.

Captain Francis (31) put on 49 for the fourth wicket with Findlay, but both were dismissed by Jack Martin-Hussey in quick succession and Sam Hewitt followed for a second-ball duck to leave Park 86-6.

Veteran Russ Collard steadied the ship with George Rogers, before falling with the score on 127, but Richard Wall and Connaughton soon followed and it was 153-9.

Rogers had good support from last man Brant, though, as the target came down to single figures, but was left unbeaten on 44 from 72 balls when Belhus sealed their nine-run success.

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