Cricket: Hutton maintain lead, Harold Wood slip
PUBLISHED: 17:00 29 July 2018
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Hutton maintained their 45-point lead at the top of the Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One table with a convincing win over lowly Orsett.
They overcame a slow start, which saw them slip to 47-3, to reach 223 thanks largely to Julian Whetstone (34), Alex Tredgett (51) and captain Daniel Hagger (47).
And Ed Abel Smith shone with the ball in Orsett’s reply, claiming 5-7 in a five-over spell as Orsett slumped for 82-4 to 100 all out.
Tom Patterson (2-26), Joseph Parry and Connor Whetstone (2-12) also enjoyed success for Hutton.
Harold Wood dropped to fifth place, though, after losing a high-scoring contest with Belhus.
Having chosen to bat first, Wood saw Mdaminul Isalm Shihan (24) put on 51 with Hafiz Yawar Afzal (33), before slipping to 78-3.
Captain Craig Perrin added 143 with Shahbaz Khan, hitting nine fours in his 59, before Raihan Hussain (28 not out) added another 53 for the fifth wicket.
Khan eventually fell for 117 off 106 balls, having hit five sixes and nine fours to see Wood close on 298-5.
It was not enough, though, as Belhus clinched a four-wicket win with 16 balls remaining.
Taqi Abbas (2-31), Khan, Hamzah Ikram, Harry Thompson and Afzal all picked up wickets for Wood to reduce the visitors to 165-6, but Danny Joyce (82 not out) and Daniel Dreher (73 not out) then put on an unbroken 134 to see Belhus home.