Gidea Park & Romford cruise to Essex League Division Two win
PUBLISHED: 15:00 11 July 2016
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Hutton suffer defeat after batting collapse
Gidea Park & Romford cruised to a six-wicket win over Harlow Town in Essex League Division Two.
Sent into the field after losing the toss, Park saw the home side’s openers put on 111 for the first wicket.
But ‘Nelson’ struck as Russ Collard made the breakthrough to dismiss Daniel Baldwin (41) and Zisan Abedin dismissed Ashley Alderson (58).
Collard (2-36) followed up with the scalp of Joe Holland to leave Town 117-3, with Abedin (2-23) claiming his second victim with the total on 141.
Shawn Findlay (2-33) then struck twice and Richard Wall got in on the act to leave the hosts 180-7.
But an unbroken 56-run stand for the eighth wicket allowed Town to set a more challenging total than Park might have been expecting.
The visitors made a solid start in reply as James Pegram (36) put on 66 with Sam Hewitt.
Captain Jamal Francis fell cheaply, though, and Hewitt was dismissed eight runs short of a half-century to leave Park 98-3.
But Abedin and Findlay combined in a 131-run stand to take them to the brink of success, which was achieved with 10 overs remaining.
Abedin hit eight fours in his 47, from 57 balls, while left-handed Findlay fired four sixes and seven fours in his unbeaten 77, from just 55 deliveries, as Park eased home to keep hold of third place.
The news was not so good for neighbours Hutton, who fell to an 86-run defeat against Old Southendian at Garon Park.
Tom Patterson (3-57) proved the pick of their attack as the home side amassed 265-6, but Hutton were soon in trouble at 31-3 and could not recover.
Zimbabwean Carl Mumba was dismissed for 21 as the visitors slipped to 104-8, before Patterson and Jon Hammond showed some late defiance.
Patterson top scored with 36, while Hammond hit 32 as Hutton were eventually dismissed for 179 in the 41st over.
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