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Butt’s blitz helps Loughton upset high-flying Orsett

PUBLISHED: 09:00 18 July 2016

The second half of the 2016 cricket season is under way (pic: Jonathan Brady/PA WIRE)

The second half of the 2016 cricket season is under way (pic: Jonathan Brady/PA WIRE)

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Woodford Wells, Fives & Heronians suffer Essex League Division One defeats

Loughton recorded a fine win over Essex League Division One high-flyers Orsett at School Lane.

Bilal Butt’s century set the visitors up for a total of 254-9 and he then took three wickets, along with Tauseef Kazmi, as the home side were dismissed for 163.

Loughton captain Fahad Anwar chose to bat first but lost opening partner Ashfaq Parvez without scoring.

Mahmad Ali Khail hit a quick 24, as Anwar played the supporting role, and Nishad Gabhawala struck seven fours in his 47 from 54 balls.

Anwar fell for 38 to leave his side 132-4, with Kazmi and Vikrant Venkatesan following cheaply to make it 176-6.

But Butt launched a stunning attack, hitting three sixes and 11 fours in his 67-ball 100 before he was eventually run out with the total of 249.

Vithullan Sapaetharan finished unbeaten on 21 and Jordan Ramsden (2-29) removed Orsett’s dangerous captain Paul Bennett and Mark Pavitt cheaply in reply.

Kazmi (3-33) struck twice in quick succession to leave the hosts 80-4, with Taqi Abbas (2-17) getting in on the act as the score slipped to 108-6.

Butt (3-30) took the next three Orsett wickets to fall to leave them nine down, before Kazmi ended some last-wicket defiance to seal a 91-run victory.

Loughton welcome Hadleigh to The Uplands next weekend.

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Woodford Wells came up short in a high-scoring Essex League Division One contest with Harlow.

Usman Sahar made the breakthrough with the ball after the hosts chose to bat first, but Wells then toiled in the field as Harlow’s second-wicket pair put on 124.

Tanveer Shah broke that defiance, with Jonathan Gaffney striking at the other end to make it 177-3, but Harlow’s batsmen kept the scoreboard ticking over.

Gaffney (3-54) claimed two more scalps, before Gareth James (2-31) returned for his second spell and picked up a brace.

George Ellis also had success for Wells, but they were left facing a challenging target as Harlow closed on 298-8.

Jack Johnson hit five fours in a quickfire 31 in reply, but was followed back to the pavilion by captain Joe Johnson as Wells slipped to 57-2.

Shah (28) put on 86 for the third wicket with Australian Michael Arblaster, but James fell cheaply to leave Wells 173-4.

Arblaster departed nine runs short of his century, after hitting a six and eight fours in his 102-ball innings, to leave Wells still needing 92 runs for victory and Luke Charge followed soon after.

Tim Jolly hit a six and three fours in a whirlwind 24 off 13 balls, while Gaffney reached 47 off 38 deliveries after hitting two sixes and three fours.

But Wells, with Sahar absent due to an injury that saw him leave for hospital, were eventually dismissed for 268 with nine balls remaining to fall to a 30-run defeat.

Wells host second-placed Orsett at Monkhams Lane next weekend.

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Fives & Heronians remain in the relegation zone after slipping to their sixth defeat of the summer.

They scored 250-9 against Southend, but saw Ollie Wagstaff race to a half-century in reply in a 117-run opening stand with Tom Phillippe.

Aaron Butcher weighed in with 42 for the hosts, with Phil Gray unbeaten on 71 as they condemned Fives to a six-wicket loss.

Fives are x points adrift of safety with seven matches remaining and host in-form Harold Wood next weekend.


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