Gidea Park & Romford earn easy win over Wickford
PUBLISHED: 11:00 18 July 2016
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Hutton come up short against Essex League Division Two leaders
Gidea Park & Romford produced a comfortable eight-wicket win over Wickford in Essex League Division Two after a solid all-round team display.
The visitors chose to bat at Gallows Corner and saw their openers put on 49, before young Charlie Haddon made the breakthrough with the ball for Park.
Change bowlers Shawn Findlay (3-32) and Zisan Abedin (2-25) then combined as Wickford lost five wickets for just seven runs to find themselves in all sorts of trouble at 67-6.
Club stalwart Russ Collard got in on the act to claim the seventh wicket, with the total on 82, before Wickford’s lower order batsmen showed some resistance.
A 39-run stand for the eighth wicket was the second best of the innings, before Matt Connaughton (2-24) returned for his second spell and struck twice in quick succession.
Haddon (2-36) also came back into the attack and claimed his second scalp to bookend the innings and dismiss Wickford for 138 in the 44th over.
It was never likely to cause Park too many problems and the hosts saw Adam McKie and James Pegram put on 85 for the first wicket.
McKie was first to fall, after hitting five fours in his 32, and Pegram went on to reach 54 off 53 deliveries with nine fours before he was run out.
Stand-in captain George Rogers (20 not out) and Abedin (22 not out) saw Park home in the 27th over.
Hutton came up short against Essex League Division Two leaders Belhus at the Polo Field Ground.
The visitors chose to bat first, but lost Ryan Wells early to Hutton’s Zimbabwean all-rounder Carl Mumba.
Danny Joyce (81) and Liam Wilson (83) put on 165 for the second wicket, though, to lay the platform for a challenging total of 263-7.
Mumba added three more scalps to finish with 4-34 from his 10-over spell, while Mitchell Fenn (3-57) took the other Belhus wickets to fall.
And Hutton got off to a solid start in reply as Daniel Hagger (27) and Fenn (26) put on 59 for the first wicket.
James Mowll (57) and captain Stuart Feeley (46) led the home side to a strong position at 175-2, but then both fell in quick succession and Mumba was also dismissed for single figures to leave Hutton 182-5.
Tom Patterson hit an unbeaten 22, but Alex Pearce was the only other batsman outside the top four to reach double figures as Hutton were dismissed for 239 in the penultimate over.
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