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Ton-up duo keep Hornchurch in hunt

PUBLISHED: 07:00 18 July 2016

Michael Bones in batting action for Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Michael Bones in batting action for Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Brentwood, Shenfield also celebrate Essex League Premier Division wins

Rashidi Boucher hit another century for Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Rashidi Boucher hit another century for Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch remain on the heels of Wanstead after their 92-run success against Essex League Premier Division rivals Colchester at Harrow Lodge Park.

Michael Bones and Rashidi Boucher both his centuries in a 218-run opening stand to set Roy Smith’s men up for a challenging total.

And Essex staffers Tom Moore and Paul Walter combined with the ball to take seven wickets as Colchester were eventually dismissed for 527.

Smith chose to bat after winning the toss and saw Bones and Boucher hit the visiting attack to all parts.

Paul Walter hit a quick half-century for Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Paul Walter hit a quick half-century for Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

West Indian Boucher, having hit a century against Buckhurst Hill a week earlier, smashed six sixes and 11 fours on his way to 122 from just 108 balls before he was eventually dismissed in the 37th over.

Walter then dominated a 73-run partnership for the second wicket, hitting five sixes and three fours in his whirlwind 55 off just 29 balls, before Bones finally reached three figures.

Bones hit a six and 12 fours in his 103 from 132 balls, before he was out in the 46th over to leave the home side 310-3.

And Billy Gordon added a pair of sixes in his cameo 26 off 18 balls, before captain Smith saw his side close on a challenging 349-4.

Ian Belchamber of Brentwood (pic: Ray Lawrence/TGSPHOTO)Ian Belchamber of Brentwood (pic: Ray Lawrence/TGSPHOTO)

Walter struck his first blow with the ball at the end of the fourth over of Colchester’s innings and picked up a second scalp after Moore had opened his account to leave the visitors 50-3 in the 10th over.

The visitors rallied with a 75-run stand for their fourth wicket, before Mo Shah struck twice in the space of a few overs to leave the visitors 174-5 with 19 overs remaining.

Moore (3-43) and Walter (4-47) returned for their second spells and took two wickets each to leave Colchester 226-9, but Andrew Kennedy held firm and reached 80 off 66 balls before he was finally dismissed by Marc Whitlock, as young Mitch Gilbert took the catch.

Tom Oakley in batting action for Brentwood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Tom Oakley in batting action for Brentwood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Resurgent Brentwood were emphatic eight-wicket winners over Buckhurst Hill in their Essex League Premier Division meeting at the Old County Ground.

Visiting captain Ricky Reynolds chose to bat first, but saw opening partner Sacha Duran dismissed by Jake Wickham without scoring and then fell to Max Osborne himself to leave his side 15-2.

Darren Ironside followed, caught by Wickham off his own bowling with only one more run added to the total, and Brentwood captain Joe Buttleman got rid of Alex Maskell to make it 43-4.

Hill nudged their score along after that, before slow left-armer Ian Belchamber (3-35) reduced them to 105-7.

And the last three wickets fell for just two runs, as Tom Oakley (2-14) and Charlie Griffiths mopped up to dismiss Hill for 135 in the 46th over.

Brentwood lost Aaron West early in reply, after hitting three quick boundaries, and Dave Hammond also fell after getting himself into double figures with a six and a four.

But an unbroken 77-run stand between Oakley, who hit a six and 11 fours in his unbeaten 66 off 56 balls, and Essex youngster Rishi Patel (37 not out) saw the home side race to their target in just 19 overs.

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Shenfield were celebrating after a three-wicket win over defending Essex League Premier Division champions Chelmsford at Chelmer Park.

The hosts chose to bat first, but lost Dan Hagen and Nick Bailey cheaply to Jack Plom and Matt Salisbury.

Chelmsford moved to 60-2, but then suffered a collapse as they lost five wickets for just 13 runs as Suhaib Sarwar (2-33) and Arshad Ali (3-24) wreaked havoc.

A 66-run stand for the eighth wicket held up Shenfield’s charge, before Richard Abson-Bennett made the breakthrough.

And Chelmsford number nine Karamat Ali hit a six and seven fours in his defiant 64, before Salisbury (3-45) returned to mop up the innings on 184.

Shenfield did not have it all their own way in their run chase, though, as Ali, captain Jack Kliber and Jack Potticary all fell cheaply to Anthony Hill to leave htem 19-3.

Haris Mahmood put on 45 for the fourth wicket with Ryan Plom, while Jamie Walton and Salisbury also got into double figures as Shenfield chipped away at their target.

The match was in the balance when Shenfield lost their seventh wicket on 136, but Ryan Plom kept his nerve and found a useful ally in Sarwar as they put on an unbroken 49 to secure victory.

Plom finished unbeaten on 85, having hit 11 fours in his 98-ball knock, and the dogged Sarwar was 20 not out after facing 52 deliveries.


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