Shenfield win Essex League Premier Division thriller
PUBLISHED: 16:00 29 May 2016
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Brentwood beaten after batting collapse
Shenfield earned a tense one-wicket win over Buckhurst Hill after a thrilling contest at the Courage Playing Fields.
Visiting captain Ricky Reynolds (78) and Josh Peters (75) led the way as Hill reached a challenging 256-9 fromm their 64 overs.
Arshad Ali (3-63), Matt Salisbury (2-64) and Suhaib Sarwar (2-70) had the most success with the ball for Shenfield, who saw Ollie Ekers run out in the sixth over of their reply.
Ryan Plom was trapped leg before by Peters after putting on 43 for the second wicket with skipper Jack Kliber, who followed soon after for 37 after hitting two sixes and four fours to leave his side 71-3.
Haris Mahmoond and Jack Potticary (29) put on 42 for the fourth wicket, before Shenfield lost three wickets in the space of nine balls as Rob Petchey and Rahul Bhome struck at either end.
Petchey picked up his third scalp to get rid of Arshad Ali and leave Shenfield 121-7, but Tom Ballington and Tom Austin combined in a defiant eighth-wicket partnership that produced 92 runs and kept hopes alive.
Ballington hit seven fours in his 52 from 87 balls, while Austin went on to make 51 from 97 balls before he was the ninth man out with the score on 225.
That left the last-wicket pair of Sarwar and James Kliber needing to score 32 for victory and they kept their nerve to see Shenfield over the line with four balls left in the 60th over.
Sarwar hit a six and three fours in his unbeaten 30 from 32 balls, while Kliber scored a vital six not out in support.
Neighbours Brentwood fell to an 89-run defeat against Colchester, despite a dogged last-wicket stand that almost saved the day.
Jack Buttleman put Colchester into bat at the Old County Ground and saw Jake Wickham strike with the new ball with the score on 21.
Jack Hebron and Jamie Austin put on 75 for the second wicket, before Ian Belchamber (3-52) claimed three wickets in six overs to make it 117-4.
Tom Ullyott held firm for Colchester and had support from Sam Foster in a 70-run stand for the fifth wicket, before putting on an unbroken 55 for the eighth wicket to help his side reach 279-7.
Ullyott finished unbeaten on 109, from 100 balls, after hitting three sixes and nine fours.
Wickham finished with 3-59, but Brentwood lost the in-form Aaron West for just nine in reply.
And after Ullyott dismissed Essex youngster Rishi Patel to make it 49-2, Brentwood lost Danny Hammond, Tom Phillippe and James Redwood in quick succession to Ben Stephens.
That collapse left the home side 63-5 and facing a huge task to save the match, as skipper Buttleman joined opener Tom Oakley at the crease.
Oakley (34) fell not long after with the total on 76, but Buttleman got support from Max Osborne after tea.
The pair had put on 44 when Buttleman (25) finally fell to Greg Stephens and Osborne (27) followed without addition to the score six balls later, before Charlie Griffiths also departed cheaply to leave the home side 126-9.
But Wickham and last man Belchamber dropped anchor and showed stubborn resistance, sharing a half-century stand for the final Brentwood wicket as Colchester’s frustrations grew.
Wickham hit a six and nine fours on his way to 55, before he was trapped leg before by Greg Stephens in the 58th over to end the Brentwood innings on 190.