Shenfield down Upminster

PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 July 2015

Upminster youngster Louis Pickering in action against Shenfield (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Upminster youngster Louis Pickering in action against Shenfield (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Hutton defeated in thriller

Upminster captain John Curtis in bowling action against Shenfield (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Upminster captain John Curtis in bowling action against Shenfield (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Upminster remain firmly in a relegation dogfight in Essex League Division One after a convincing defeat against promotion-chasing Shenfield, who moved up to second place.

The visitors won the toss and chose to bat, with openers Jamie Walton (48) and Ollie Ekers (78) providing a good platform.

Byron Wyngard fell three runs short of a half-century, to Upminster youngster Louis Pickering, who added the scalp of Suhaib Sarwar soon after and finished as the pick of the home attack with his 2-59.

Essex staffer Matthew Salisbury struck an unbeaten 60, though, to steer Shenfield to 296-7, which proved far too many for struggling Upminster.

Upminster's Nick O'Dell (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Upminster's Nick O'Dell (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Farid Butt fell cheaply, with Matt Tigg following soon after.

James Evans (28) and Shafiq Rahman (25) steadied the ship for a while, but Nick O’Dell (25 not out) was the only other Upminster batsman to reach double figures as they were dismissed for 130.

Sarwar (3-22) and Mitchell Fenn (3-29) took the bowling plaudits for Shenfield, who leapfrogged Southend into the second promotion spot.

Upminster are three points adrift of Hadleigh at the bottom of the table, with Hutton only four points further in front after their loss to Harlow in a high-scoring thriller.

Upminster's James Evans (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Upminster's James Evans (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Captain Hanuma Vihari Gade hit five sixes and 27 fours in his 187 from just 109 balls to lead Hutton to 371-6.

Greg Spires (41), Stuart Feeley (34 not out), Usman Jan (32) and Jason Plom (25) also chipped in, but Ahmed Khawaja’s unbeaten 158 steered Harlow to a two-wicket win with two balls to spare.

Nick Hobbs (3-61) and Connor Whetstone (2-82) had the most success with the ball for Hutton, but it was little consolation.

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