Gidea Park & Romford get off to winning start in Essex League Division Two
PUBLISHED: 13:00 09 May 2016
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Oakfield Parkonians enjoy opening-day success
Gidea Park & Romford got the new Essex League Division Two season off to a winning start with a seven-wicket success over Harlow Town at Gallows Corner.
Stand-in skipper George Rogers won the toss and put the visitors into bat and Shawn Findlay had early success with the new ball.
Matt Connaughton struck at the other end, before Town produced a 50-run stand for the third wicket.
Park stalwart Russ Collard claimed two quick wickets and Richard Wall had success at the other end soon after to make it 96-5.
But the visitors dug in with a 48-run partnership for the sixth wicket, before Findlay returned to the attack and claimed his second scalp.
Zisan Abedin then got reward in his brief spell, before Findlay (3-52) struck again, but Town saw out their 50 overs to reach 190-8.
Abedin (32) hit seven fours in an opening stand of 47 with Hasibul Hoq, who had support from Collard and Elliot Joyner, before Findlay shared an unbroken 66-run stand for the fourth wicket.
Hoq hit eight boundaries in his unbeaten 66, while Findlay clibbed a six and five fours to finish 40 not out from just 34 balls as Park clinched victory in the 41st over.
*Promoted Oakfield Parkonians celebrated a seven-wicket win over Wickford in their opening match of the 2016 campaign.
The visitors chose to bat after winning the toss and reached 61-0, before Ramya Upadhyay made the breakthrough.
Selvam Ramasamy, Usman Aslam, Abdul Rehman Razzaq and captain Jibran Azam then got in on the act with a wicket apiece to leave Wickford 104-5, before their sixth-wicket pair steadied the ship.
Ramasamy (3-22) and Upadhyay (3-27) then combined to share four more wickets, before Dave Rai produced a run out to end Wickford’s innings on 149.
And although Parks lost Glenn Sasikaren cheaply, Faisal Bhatti and Haris Khan put on 118 for the second wicket to leave them 25 runs short of their victory target.
Khan hit two sixes and 11 fours in his run-a-ball 61, while Bhatti remained unbeaten on 62 from 94 balls, having hit 13 fours, as Parks sealed victory in the 29th over.
*Neighbours Hainault & Clayhall fell to a 56-run defeat against Horndon, following their relegation from Division One in 2015.
The home side dismissed their rivals for 227, but could only manage 171 in reply.
*Hutton also crashed to a first-day defeat as they were skittled for just 97 by Old Southendian at the Polo Field Ground.
Matthew Austin (6-32) proved the chief destroyer, as only number 10 Tom Patterson (25 not out) passed 20 for the hosts.
And the visitors raced to a nine-wicket win inside 18 overs.
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