Essex League: Honours even between Brentwood and Ilford
PUBLISHED: 08:00 10 June 2018
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Honours finished even between Brentwood and leaders Ilford in their Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division clash at the Old County Ground.
Ilford captain Theeban Tavarasa chose to bat after winning the toss but Haaris Ayub fell cheaply to Ben Allison.
Hamza Muhammad followed soon after, edging Thomas Moore behind, to leave the visitors 27-2, before Mohammad Ahktar (45) steadied the ship with Akhil Anil and Ashar Zaidi.
Charlie Griffiths (4-64) claimed the next four wickets to fall, while Essex new boy Shane Snater fell to Allison (2-38) without scoring.
Zaidi was trapped lbw by Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa (2-61), after hitting two sixes and 10 fours in his 85 from 103 balls, but Shahzad Hafeez and Tavarasa lifted the total to 235 before Moore (2-59) wrapped up the innings.
Brentwood captain Aaron West (40) and Guy Balmford (34) put on 64 for the first wicket in reply, before Zaidi dismissed West and Rishi Patel in the space of four balls.
Tavarasa took the wicket of Zampa, while Allison fell cheaply to Snater to leave the hosts 127-5.
Zaidi (4-60) got rid of Richard Horswill, but Tom Oakley and James Redwood (20 not out) put on an unbroken 50 for the seventh wicket as Brentwood closed on 213-6.
Oakley was unbeaten on 88 at the end, having his eight fours in his 129-ball innings.