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St Andrews start with stunning win in Mid-Essex League

PUBLISHED: 11:00 11 May 2017

A new cricket season is underway

A new cricket season is underway

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Batting heroics secure four-wicket triumph

St Andrews got the new Mid-Essex League Division Seven season off to a winning start with a four-wicket triumph over Old Southendian.

Second-change bowler Andrew Walker made the breakthrough, with Alan Street nabbing a quick brace to leave the hosts 72-3.

But Southendian kept the scoreboard ticking over until Rob Newman and Walker (2-56) enjoyed further success and Allen Hales got in on the act.

Graham Street (3-23) returned for a second spell to turn the screw and claimed his second hat-trick, before taking a diving one-handed catch off the bowling of Alan Street (3-20) to end the innings on 191.

Alan Street took 18 runs from one over in reply, including a big six, as Saints raced to 40 in just three overs, before Andrew Girkin was dismissed.

John Thompson dug in, before Street fell for 48 off 42 balls, and combined with Hales to keep Saints on the front foot.

The visitors reached 120-2 from 33 overs, before Graham Street was caught at point and a mini-collapse followed, with Hales and Paul Street departing to make it 135-5.

Rob and Dave Newman joined forces in style, though, as four-over spell swung the game back their way.

Rob Newman hit 29 from 13 balls, including three sixes and two fours, while Dave added 33 from 15 deliveries, including four sixes and a four.

One returning bowler saw one over go for 22 as Saints secured victory in style and Paul Street said: “We fielded pretty well but our bad deliveries were hit and most good deliveries kept out.

“Graham Street’s hat-trick ended any hopes of them getting over 200 and whereas we always looked on target to chase it down, we could have easily not done had it not been for the Newmans hitting ability.

“We’ve always known they’ve had it in them and it was a good game for them to both come to the party.”


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