Upminster win Essex League Division One derby
PUBLISHED: 08:00 30 May 2016
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Billericay's Marchant in seventh heaven
Upminster got the better of Harold Wood in their Essex League Division One derby after a solid team display.
Visiting captain Shahbaz Khan, standing in for the absent Richard Brabner, chose to bat after winning the toss and saw Burhan Mahmood (25) put on 43 for the first wicket with Raihan Hussain before falling to Will Chuter.
Hussain hit a six and seven fours in his 52 before he departed with the total on 95, the first of four victims for Connor Whetstone.
And left-arm spinner Matt Tigg claimed the first of his four scalps at the other end moments later to trap Khan leg before for just a single.
Whetstone sent the dangerous Maruf Chowdhury packing cheaply to leave Wood 103-4, before Tigg ended the innings of Craig Perrin (24).
Then Whetstone accounted for Craig Sampson, as brother Julian held on to a catch, before Tigg dismissed Chris Bennett and Umar Farooq with successive balls.
That left the visitors 129-8, but Mohammed Fahad had late support from Waqas Shafique and last man Zohran Afzal and was unbeaten on 42 as Wood were dismissed for 177.
whetstone and Tigg both finished with 4-55, but the home side lost Shafiq Rahman to Khan for just four after a 41-run opening stand with Shahbaz Butt.
Khan had Butt (37) caught behind by Perrin, but Upminster captain Alan Ison hit a six and five fours in his quickfire 35.
Ison fell to young leg-spinner Afzal to leave Upminster 104-3, but Frankie Hazle went on to reach 58 from 79 balls, with three sixes and five fours, before becoming Khan’s third victim.
Harry Jenkins (29 not out) and Louis Pickering did the rest as they steered Upminster to a six-wicket win in the 45th over.
Adam Marchant was the hero for Billericay with a seven-wicket haul against Fives.
Marchant took a hat-trick in his 7-29 haul as Fives were skittled for just 89, with Adam Smith, Ross Poulton and Gary Hynes taking a wicket apiecce.
Captain Ben Briton (28) top scored for Fives, with Terry Ballard (24) and Jonny Kay the only other batsmen to reach double figures as the visitors were dismissed inside 29 overs.
Kay (2-18) struck two early blows with the ball in reply as Fives reduced their rivals to 35-3, but Christopher Tait (38 not out) and David Houghton (22 not out) saw Billericay to their target with an unbroken 57-run stand to wrap up victory inside 20 overs.