Shenfield keep nerve to beat Buckhurst Hill in Essex League Premier Division

PUBLISHED: 15:00 31 July 2016

Jack Kliber in batting action for Shenfield (pic: TGSPHOTO)

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Tailenders complete successful run chase

Matt Salisbury in batting action for Shenfield (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Matt Salisbury in batting action for Shenfield (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Shenfield kept their nerve to claim a two-wicket win with three balls to spare at Essex League Premier Division rivals Buckhurst Hill.

Chasing 212 at Roding Lane, after Jack Plom and Arshad Ali took three wickets apiece, the visitors owed much to Jack Potticary’s half-century, before Matt Salisbury and Plom put on an unbroken 31 for the ninth wicket to see them across the finish line.

Shenfield captain Jack Kliber put the hosts into bat after winning the toss and saw Plom strike three early blows with the new ball to leave them floundering on 3-3.

Ricky Reynolds, Russell Beckett and Alex Maskell all succumbed to Plom in his first three overs, but Shenfield’s early joy soon turn to frustration as Raymond Parkinson (45) and Prashant Chand-Bajpai put on 99 for the fourth wicket.

Tom Ballington made the breakthrough for the visitors, with Ali (3-48) claiming three wickets in quick succession to reduce Hill to 142-7 after 41 overs.

But the tail wagged thanks to Sacha Duran (41 not out) and Carl Brungar (23) as the home side closed on 211-8.

Shenfield lost Suhaib Sarwar and Ryan Plom to successive balls in reply to find themselves 39-2, with skipper Kliber (28) their third wicket to fall with the score on 60.

Jamie Walton (34) and Potticary shared a half-century stand to get Shenfield back on track, with Tom Ballington (20) also chipping in.

But Ali and Haris Mahmood both fell cheaply as Shenfield slipped to 158-7 and Potticary was trapped lbw for 66, having hit three sixes and two fours in his 78-ball innings with the total on 182.

That left Shenfield needing 30 runs off the last 29 balls of the match and former Essex staffer Salisbury and Plom kept the scoreboard ticking over with singles in a tense finish to claim a maximum haul and to within two points of fifth-placed Colchester.

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