Mid-Essex League Premier Division: Bentley set up winner-takes-all decider with Springfield

PUBLISHED: 09:00 31 August 2017

Sets of cricket stumps are lined up (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS  Photo)

Sets of cricket stumps are lined up (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Ash Parmenter impressed against Great Baddow with 96 and 3-30 to help Bentley stay on course for the title

Bentley CC’s first-team ensured they would send their season into a final-day winner-takes-all decider on Saturday after a 67-run win over Great Baddow in the Mid-Essex League Premier Division last weekend

Having lost the toss, Bentley were put in and posted a solid total of 247-5 thanks to an unbeaten 96 from Ash Parmenter and Aron Alee’s 59.

Matt Coleman (34*) also chipped in with vital runs down the order to put them on the front foot going into the tea interval.

Wickets fell regularly in the reply to the pace bowling of Coleman (4-35) and the spin of Parmenter (3-30).

Skipper Glen Swiney also played his part in the win with 2-25 ahead of their title-deciding clash with Springfield.

The seconds kept up their assault on second spot in Division Two with a seven-wicket win over Goresbrook.

A fine bowling display saw Bentley skittle Brook out for a meagre 57 thanks to Michael Clark’s 5-10 from 5.3 overs and the pace of skipper Ollie Beaney (3-11).

Despite losing three wickets in the reply, the victory was comfortable thanks to Rhys Sprules (25*).

Bentley thirds maintained their winning run with a convincing 162-run triumph over Rayleigh Fairview seconds in Division Six.

Batting first, Bentley piled on the runs and reached 276-7 at the end of their innings thanks to half centuries from Liam Rawlinson (69) and Gavin Hammond (58), who were ably supported by Matt Earing (45).

The reply never really got going for Rayleigh, mainly due to a fine spell of bowling from Richard Dines who took 6-30 from his seven overs as they cruised to victory.

The fourth team made it a 100 per cent winning run for the club at the weekend after an eight-wicket success against Rayleigh sixths.

Bowling first, they always looked on course for victory having bowled Rayleigh out for just 109, with young Luca Mills (4-12) the chief destroyer with the ball.

Victory was never in doubt for Bentley as a fine unbeaten 78 from Ross Marder saw them over with a staggering 20 overs to spare.

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