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Old Brentwoods beaten in tense encounter

PUBLISHED: 15:00 03 July 2017

Cricket gloves dry beyond the boundary

Cricket gloves dry beyond the boundary

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Old Brentwoods were edged out by Horndon in their tense Essex League Division Two meeting.

Put into bat, the hosts saw Ramesh Gunalan (23) make a steady start in a 41-run opening stand, before suffering a collapse to 98-7.

Captain Khalid Sarwar held firm as wickets tumbled and had late support from tailenders Ejaz Khan and Shamim Kamali before he was last man out for 55, having hit six fours, in a total of 165.

Sarwar then struck early with the ball in Horndon’s reply, before Gunalan, Baber Choudhary and Ishaq Khan also got in on the act to leave them 85-5.

And Choudhary (2-33) and Gunalan (3-20) had more success to make it 131-7, before Ejaz Khan dismissed the dangerous Muhammad Asif (89) with Horndon still 27 runs short of their target.

Nazim Hussain ran out Jack Marson to make it 158-9, but Horndon’s last-wicket pair scrambled the winning runs with 11 balls remaining.

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