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Mid-Essex League Premier Division: Bentley win again to stay on course for more title delight

PUBLISHED: 17:00 24 August 2017

Bentley celebrate after winning the Mid-Essex League Premier Division in 2016 (pic: Paul Whelan/Bentley CC).

Bentley celebrate after winning the Mid-Essex League Premier Division in 2016 (pic: Paul Whelan/Bentley CC).

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Second and third-team also triumphed last weekend, but fourth XI suffer a nine-wicket defeat

Bentley’s first-team remain top of the Mid-Essex League Premier Division after a fine all-round performance earned them a comfortable nine-wicket victory over Rettendon.

The visitors opted to bat first on a damp wicket, but failed to build enough partnerships with Steve Flack (3-14) and Matt Coleman (2-23) doing plenty of damage with the ball.

Bentley skipper and spinner Glen Swinney (2-3) saw off the tail as they skittled Rettendon for a meagre 74.

The chase only lasted a matter of 11.1 overs as the hosts were guided home by Chris Pether (26 not out) and Chris Walker (22) as they maintained their lead going into the penultimate round of fixtures tomorrow (Saturday).

Bentley travel to struggling Great Baddow knowing another victory would potentially set up a winner-takes-all clash on the final day of the campaign with second-placed Springfield firsts.

The seconds also triumphed by a nine-wicket margin and Sean Whelan’s 5-22 from 8.1 overs was the main reason behind their success against Eastwood.

Whelan was ably supported by the spin bowling of Michael Clark (3-30) as the hosts could only post 101 all out.

In reply, Bentley were led home by an excellent half century from James Sadwell (60) and he was joined in the runs by Ollie Gordon (34 not out) as they kept up their hunt for a runners-up spot in Division Two.

Gavin Hammond continued from his double century of last week to score another 82 as the third team picked up a comprehensive 139-run win over strugglers Havering.

Batting first, Bentley posted a total of 254-7 from their allotted overs thanks to Hammond’s knock, but he was to be outdone this time by Sam Crispin (91).

In the reply, wickets fell at regular intervals with Tobie Duncan (3-14) and skipper Richard Dines (2-12) ensuring a comfortable victory.

The fourth team couldn’t make it an unbeaten weekend for Bentley though, when they lost out to leaders St Johns by nine wickets.

Batting first, Bentley were bowled out for just 70 despite youngster Callum Darby’s (17) best efforts and victory for their opponents was a comprehensive one as they reached the total in 11 overs, having been led by Kumar’s score of 39 as Darby also took the only wicket to fall.

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