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Old Brentwoods get better of Ardleigh Green in Essex League Division Three

PUBLISHED: 16:00 08 August 2016

The 2016 club cricket season is drawing to an exciting close (pic: Graham Hodges)

The 2016 club cricket season is drawing to an exciting close (pic: Graham Hodges)

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Woodford Green edged out by Benfleet

Ardleigh Green in batting action against Old Brentwoods (pic: Isabel Infantes)Ardleigh Green in batting action against Old Brentwoods (pic: Isabel Infantes)

Old Brentwoods maintained their Essex League Division Three title push with victory in a high-scoring contest at Ardleigh Green.

Wade Canham’s unbeaten century steered the leaders to a four-wicket success with 10 balls remaining, after Green had earlier posted 296-8 from their 50 overs.

The home side had contributions from all of their top five, as Jon Bayfield (43), Alex Cason (50), Tom Gentle (32), Adam Thain (43) and Paul Hurworth (54) all made starts.

Captain Chris Cook fell cheaply, but James Duhig made an unbeaten 23 to take Green close to the 300-run mark.

An Old Brentwoods player shines the ball (pic: Isabel Infantes)An Old Brentwoods player shines the ball (pic: Isabel Infantes)

Ramesh Gunalan (2-46) and Khalid Sarwar (2-56) nabbed braces for Brentwoods, with openers Gunalan (68) and Shahid Iqbal (21) laying the platform in their reply.

Canham then anchored the rest of the innings, with Baber Choudhary (21), Mohammad Amin (36) and Imran Hussain (32) playing supporting roles.

Lloyd Edwards (2-37), Cook, Asif and Hurworth also had success with the ball for Green, but Canham was the matchwinner for Brentwoods as they moved 36 points clear of Basildon at the top of the table with four matches remaining.

*Woodford Green were edged out by Benfleet after a disappointing display with the bat.

An Old Brentwoods fielder acknowledges a team-mate (pic: Isabel Infantes)An Old Brentwoods fielder acknowledges a team-mate (pic: Isabel Infantes)

Matthew Carnell top scored with 27 as the home side were dismissed for 180 in 43 overs, as Sayaad Hussain (25), Matthew Field (23) and Cooper Bingham (20) also made starts.

Benfleet’s batsmen did not have things all their own way, though, as Mohammed Hasan (3-26), Amrit Ryatt (2-51) and captain Jack Cossey (2-17) made inroads with the ball for Green.

But the visitors clinched a two-wicket win as Alex Brady kept his nerve to score an unbeaten 33 down the order.

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