Britton ecstatic as Fives increase advantage

PUBLISHED: 15:30 28 July 2015

Ben Britton behind the stumps for Fives & Heronians (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Ben Britton behind the stumps for Fives & Heronians (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Skipper takes joy in beating title rivals

Ben Britton was thrilled Fives & Heronians increased their lead at the top of Essex Division Two with a win against second-placed Billericay.

Had Fives lost the table-topping encounter at The Paddock, they would have slipped behind the visitors in the standings.

But Britton’s men now lead the way by 24 points with six games remaining this season, much to his delight.

“It’s great to open up the gap at the top of the table but we were also happy enough with how we won,” siad the Fives skipper.

“We didn’t bat all that well so it was great that the bowlers dug us out of a hole.”

Britton’s assessment that the batting was not at its best is not too far wide of the mark, with the hosts dismissed for 149.

The captain top scored with 61 and says that while it’s not to record a big score, it is about the collective performance of the team.

“It was a good knock when our backs were against the wall a bit but it’s all about the team.

“We had a chat at the innings break and we asked the bowlers to do the best they could and they did exactly that.”

Knowing they had a relatively low total to defend, the Fives bowling attack went about their task effectively, being both economical and destructive.

Sarafaraz Ahmed was case in point, taking four wickets for just 14 runs and his captain was quick to praise the bowler’s display.

“it was an excellent spell from Sarfaraz. He did exactly what he was asked, as he has been doing all season.”

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