Captain Hurst’s ton inspires Hainault
PUBLISHED: 11:00 04 July 2016
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Oakfield Parkonians suffer Essex League Division Two loss
Hainault & Clayhall captain Ryan Hurst produced a superb innings to help his side to victory against Essex League Division Two rivals Wickford.
Dominic Hurst and Mousshin Ismail fell cheaply at the Patmore Memorial Ground to leave the visitors 19-2, after Hurst had chosen to bat first.
But Hurst then put on 99 for the third wicket with Irfan Shah, who hit a six and nine fours in his 60 off 64 balls.
Rameez Rehman (26) also chipped in, but Hurst took centre stage as he smashed six sixes and nine fours on his way to 102 from just 86 deliveries.
Khalil Khan (28 not out) saw Hainault close on a whopping 290-9, before Sagar Joshi made the breakthrough with the ball in Wickford’s reply with the score on 24.
A second wicket fell without addition, as Dale Kinsey was run out first ball, and Sam Shirzay (2-37) got in on the act to make it 40-4.
Ravi Ravel was next to strike to leave Wickford five down with only 59 on the board, but their middle order rallied before Bhalandip Singh and Khan (2-8) left them 128-8.
Ravel (2-45) nabbed a second victim to leave Hainault on the brink, before skipper Hurst claimed the final wicket to seal a 124-run triumph.
Neighbours Oakfield Parkonians fell to a 76-run at Harlow Town, but remain in second place at the midway point of the season, 21 points behind leaders Belhus.
The hosts chose to bat first at Phoenix Park and amassed 256-8 thanks largely to opener Dan Baldwin’s 97.
Selvam Ramasamy (5-45) maintained his excellent form with the ball for Parks, while captain Jibran Azam (2-41) nabbed a brace.
And openers Glenn Sasikaren (58) and Faisal Bhatti (21) put on 80 in reply, before falling in quick succession.
Haris Khan suffered a first-ball duck as the visitors slipped to 85-3 and Azam (26) was the only other Parks batsman to make much of an impact as wickets continued to fall at regular intervals.
Raghav Chopra and Dave Rai reached double figures, but the task proved too great as Parks were dismissed for 180 in the 42nd over.
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