Navestock close in on leaders with victory

PUBLISHED: 18:00 16 August 2018

A close-up view of a cricket scoreboard (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

A close-up view of a cricket scoreboard (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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A round-up of the latest matches involving Navestock CC teams, with some St Andrews CC news as well

Navestock did their T. Rippon Mid-Essex League Division Four title hopes the power of good with a 40-run victory at home to leaders Rankins last weekend.

The Green club were put into bat after losing the toss, but were able to close their innings on 145-9.

Tiraj Patel was the mainstay of the Navestock innings, top scoring with a brilliant 89 that featured 14 boundaries.

The next best for The Green outfit, though, was Pritesh Patel with 26, while Matthew Simmons (22) and Dan Firth (12) were the only other batsmen to reach double figures.

Navestock were impressive with the ball, however, and were able to restrict Rankins to 155-9 in reply.

Tom McCarthy was the pick of the bowlers as he took 4-36, while Simmons ended with figures of 3-32.

The victory took The Green club to within 14 points of leaders Rankins, with three games to go this term.

Navestock seconds were also in good form last weekend as they won by 79 runs at St Johns in Division Nine.

After being put into bat, The Green outfit closed their innings on 184-6 after some solid batting displays.

Jack Gildersleeve finished unbeaten on 48, while Tom Greaves (43) and Lefras Coetzee (40) both made solid contributions.

Navestock then showed good form with the ball as the dismissed St Johns for 105 in reply.

Coetzee was tormentor-in-chief as he ended with 5-32, while Naren Damodaran took 2-29.

* St Andrews slipped to second in the T. Rippon Mid-Essex League Division Six – despite beating Noak Hill Taverners seconds by six wickets.

The Hannakins Farm outfit restricted their hosts to 147-8 as Colin Yeomans (2-19), Robert Newman (2-23) and Alan Street (2-38) took two wickets apiece.

Yeomans then struck an unbeaten 51 with the bat as St Andrews eased home in the 38th over.

However, with title rivals Hatfield Peverel beating Little Waltham seconds by 10 wickets, St Andrews dropped to second place in the standings.

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