Cricket: Hainault drop back into bottom two

PUBLISHED: 08:00 02 September 2018

Zoheb Sharif batting for Hainault (pic: Mick Kearns/TGS Photo)

Zoheb Sharif batting for Hainault (pic: Mick Kearns/TGS Photo)

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Hainault & Clayhall dropped back into the Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One relegation places after a heavy loss to leaders Buckhurst Hill.

The visitors chose to bat first and saw Ryan Karunakaran dominate half-century stands with captain Prashant Chand-Bajpai and Ricky Reynolds (34), before finally departing for 105.

Karunakaran hit a six and 15 fours in his 123 ball innings, with Russell Beckett striking two sixes and six fours in his 51 off 40 balls as Hill declared on 241-6 in the 48th over.

Sagar Joshi (2-57) nabbed a brace for Hainault, as Bilal Makodia, Ryan Hurst and Muhammad Rahim also had success.

And the hosts saw captain Irfan Shah (20) and Zoheb Sharif (41) put on 50 for the first wicket in reply, before wickets began to fall.

Joshi and Etinder Bopara were the only other Hainault batsmen to reach double figures as Rohan Bhome (3-17), Irfan Sahar (3-18), Will Stoner (2-15) and Hendro Puchert (2-25) shared the wickets to seal a 119-run win for Hill, who are 17 points clear with one game remaining.

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