Hornchurch win again in Essex League Premier Division
PUBLISHED: 07:00 23 May 2016
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Shenfield beaten; Brentwood denied in draw
Hornchurch made it three wins out of three in the Essex League Premier Division with success over Shenfield at Harrow Lodge Park.
Roy Smith’s men had beaten their rivals to the Division One title last season and came out on top by four wickets in their latest meeting thanks to a solid team display.
Smith won the toss and put his old club into bat, with Essex staffer Tom Moore dismissing Jamie Walton thanks to a catch from new West Indies signing Rashidi Boucher.
Left-armer Paul Walter (3-23) struck from the other end to send Ryan Plom, Ollie Ekers and Arshad Ali packing in quick succession and leave Shenfield 42-4.
And Matt Salisbury was run out with the total on 71, before captain Jack Kliber helped steady the ship with Haris Mahmood.
The sixth-wicket pair put on 68, before Moore ended Mahmood’s defiant innings after hitting 12 fours in his 63.
Billy Gordon (2-56) got in on the act with a quick brace, before Moore (3-61) struck again.
And although last man Richard Abson-Bennett his four boundaries in cameo 20 off 13 balls, Chamikara Mudalige wrapped pu the Shenfield innings on 187.
Hornchurch lost Paul Murray to the fifth ball of their reply, without a run on the board, as Kliber held on to a catch off the bowling of Salisbury.
But Jamie Sorrell (23) and Billy Gordon put on 59 for the second wicket and Walter (27) gave further support before falling to Suhaib Sarwar.
Boucher struck a couple of boundaries before also succumbing to Sarwar (2-37), but Smith fell cheaply to Ali to leave the hosts 134-5.
Michael Bones weighed in with 22, until falling to Salisbury (2-42), to reduce the target to 20 runs, with Moore helping Gordon (74 not out) clinch a four-wicket win in the 50th over.
Ilford’s batsmen dug in to deny Brentwood a win at Valentines Park, as their clash ended in a draw.
Home captain Shaz Hafeez put Brentwood into bat, but saw Tom Oakley (60) and Aaron West put on 145 for the first wicket,
Awais Liaqat made the breakthrough to account for Oakley and Jon Walford, while in-form West fell six runs short of a century to Ashar Zaidi, having hit a six and five fours in his 166-ball knock.
Max Osborne lasted just six balls, failing to trouble the scorers, before becoming Liaqat’s third victim, but Brentwood captain Joe Buttleman hit two sixes in his 28 off 33 balls.
Liaqat (4-62) found a way through Buttleman’s defences and, after Charlie Griffiths had fallen to Zaidi (2-55), ran out James Redwood (28) as Brentwood closed on 249-7.
Griffiths removed Gagan Bhogal early in Ilford’s reply, but Nigel Jacobs (34) put on 75 with Muhammad Akhtar, who hit nine boundaries in his 65.
Akhtar was third man out with the score on 131 and Griffiths dismissed Saf Imtiaz without score.
Ian Belchamber then sent Haaris Ayub and Zaidi (38) back to the pavilion in quick succession to leave Ilford 165-6, but Toheed Hamid and Liaqat put up the shutters to see the home side survive for 66 overs and close on 186-6.
Rob Petchey (3-58) took the bowling honours for Buckhurst Hill as they dismissed hosts Colchester for 234.
But Hill captain Ricky Reynolds fell to a first-ball duck in reply and his side slipped to 55-4, before Jamie Allen (32) and Raymond Parkinson (55) put on 83 for the fifth wicket.
The visitors lost four wickets for nine runs, though, in a mini collapse and were left to dig in for a draw as they closed on 172-8.
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