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Yeomans stars as St Andrews go top

PUBLISHED: 11:00 19 August 2016

The 2016 club cricket season is drawing to an exciting close (pic: Graham Hodges)

The 2016 club cricket season is drawing to an exciting close (pic: Graham Hodges)

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Colin Yeomans led the way as St Andrews beat Hornchurch Athletic thirds to move to the top of the Mid-Essex League Division Nine table.

Yeomans hit an unbeaten 61 off just 37 balls as Saints piled up 286, then produced the third-best bowling figures in club history, taking 7-30 as the hosts were skittled for just 94.

And defeat for rivals Rankins seconds allowed Saints to take over at the summit with three matches remaining.

Harry Hearn hit a quickfire 30 at Raphael Park, before he and opening partner Andrew Salmon fell in the same over to leave the visitors 34-2.

Paul Street (36) and Allen Hales took the score to 118-2 at drinks, with Hales (64) hitting 10 fours in his first half-century of the season.

Alan Street and Yeomans joined forces at 159-4 with 13 overs left and played freely, hitting the ball to all parts.

Street was first to his half-century and finished unbeaten on 51 as Yeomans passed him, but Athletic made a bright start in reply, with Street hit for a big six down the ground.

Graham Street struck in the next over, though, and Alan Street also had success as Yeomans took a catch at square leg to leave the hosts 47-2 after 12 overs.

Yeomans then came into the attack and saw Graham Street pouch a catch at cover, before Andrew Walker was fended off to Alan Street at short leg.

The rest of the line-up collapsed as Yeomans ran riot, with Hales taking two catches and Walker, Sean Jackson and Hearn one apiece to seal a 192-run victory.

Mark Spellar (20) top scored for Athletic, but Saints captain Alan Street said: “We’ve been looking through the books and as far as we can tell this was our third biggest margin of victory.

“It was very pleasing to see how much everyone contributed, particularly with the bat and as we get to the business end of the season, every point could be crucial.”

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