Mid-Essex League: Bentley win third successive title
PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 September 2017
Bentley made it three Mid-Essex League Premier Division title wins in a row with success over nearest rivals Springfield.
Having put the visitors into bat on a tricky pitch in their top-of-the-table showdown, Bentley skittled the visitors for just 63.
Steve Flack finished with 4-5 from his 10 overs, while Glen Swinney (3-15) and Matt Coleman (2-15) gave support after overnight rain.
Bentley slipped to 17-3 in reply, but Greg Larkin kept a cool head to hit an unbeaten 33 and see them to a six-wicket win with no fewer than 40 overs to spare.
The seconds secured the runners-up spot in Division Two with a nine-wicket victory over Terling.
Richard Dines (3-40) and Charlie Yorke (2-25) had most success as the hosts were held to 120-8.
And Gavin Hammond’s unbeaten 61 saw Bentley cruise to their target, with Ollie Gordon (41 not out) also impressing on his return to the side.
The news was not so good for the thirds, who collapsed to 50 all out and suffered a heavy 10-wicket defeat against Tillingham seconds in Division Six.
But the fourths ended their inconsistent season on a high with a second successive win over Oaklands in Division 10.
Ross Marder led the way with the bat, hitting a superb 108 as Bentley made 210-5.
Brian Pagett (37) gave useful support and the father-and-son duo of Martin Smith (3-22) and Callum Smith (2-10) combined well with the ball as the visitors were dismissed for 64.
Veteran Graham Hawes (3-3) also enjoyed success in his three-over spell.
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