Thrilling win for Old Brentwoods in Essex League Division Three

PUBLISHED: 15:30 11 July 2016

Tom Gentle top scored for Ardleigh Green in their win over Stanford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Tom Gentle top scored for Ardleigh Green in their win over Stanford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Ardleigh Green time chase to perfection

Old Brentwoods extended their lead at the top of the Essex League Division Three table after a thrilling win over title rivals Basildon.

Sent into the field after losing the toss at Mopsies Park, the visitors saw Khalid Sarwar produce a fine spell to pick up 4-29 as Basildon were dismissed for 215.

But Brentwoods lost Imran Khan without scoring, before Raheel Ahmed (20), Wade Canham (53) and Mohammad Amin (23) got them on track.

Basildon hit back to claim wickets at regular intervals as the match remained in the balance, but Imran Hussain held firm and found vital support from last man Awais Sadaqat.

Hussain finished unbeaten on 39, while Sadaqat also reached double figures as Brentwood secured a one-wicket win in the 42nd over.

Victory puts them 22 points clear at the summit with eight matches remaining.

Ardleigh Green got the better of Stanford in a thrilling contest to claim their fourth win of the season and keep their hopes of a return to Division Two alive.

Sent into the field after losing the toss they saw Stanford openers Michael Gray (38) and Martin Leslie make a solid start.

But Simon Jeffries (3-52) and Muhammad Asif (5-37) slowly worked their way through the batting order, with Leslie falling for 88 as Stanford were eventually dismissed for 211 in the 45th over.

Green lost Jon Bayfield cheaply, but Choudhry Mahboob (30) and Tom Gentle got them on track.

Paul Hurworth (28) and captain Chris Cook (31) also chipped in with useful runs, with Gentle eventually dismissed for 64.

And bowling heroes Asif and Jeffries combined with the bat to see Green to a three-wicket win with one ball to spare.

Woodford Green fell to a five-wicket defeat against Walthamstow, after Cooper Bingham (53) top scored in their 232-9.

Half-centuries from Rory Knox (94) and Asif Bala (50 not out) saw Stow to their target with 5.5 overs to spare.

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