Cricket: Derby deliight for Oakfield Parkonians

PUBLISHED: 10:00 16 July 2018

An umpire looks on (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

An umpire looks on (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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Oakfield Parkonians got the better of South Woodford in their Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Two derby after a stunning century from overseas star Ravi Teja Dwaraka.

The visitors chose to bat first at Highfield Road, but lost Neil Brathwaite cheaply as he was bowled by Indika Wickramaratne.

Garry Neicho got rid of Ubaid Ur Rehman Kiani with the score on 66, with Dhruv Patel (38) falling to Jake McMullen to leave Parks 72-3.

Paran Kalley followed for a duck without addition to the score, but Aman Ali then helped put on 127 for the fifth wicket with Dwaraka.

Ali hit two sixes and eight fours in his run-a-ball 67, with Dwaraka going on to finish unbeaten on 114 from just 89 balls, having hit three sixes and 12 fours.

Parks closed on 272-7 as Wickramaratne (2-45) and McMullen (2-59) nabbed braces for the hosts.

But Bradley Copper fell to Anujan Thiru early in reply, hitting five fours in his 22 off 16 balls, and Joe Craddock followed to make it 64-2.

Henry Blackwell put on 81 with Harry Neicho, hitting 14 fours in his 73 before becoming Abdul Razzaq’s second victim, before Michael Browne was dismissed without scoring.

Neicho held firm, but Michael Harris was bowled by Dwaraka and Jamie Carroll run out to make it 194-6, before Dwaraka dismissed Neicho for 71 off 91 balls, having hit three sixes and four fours.

Selvam Ramasamy returned for his second spell and mopped up the tail, finishing with 3-33 as South Woodford were all out for 245 in the penultimate over.

Victory keeps Parks five points clear of Loughton, who beat Harlow Town by five wickets at The Uplands.

Abdul Nasir (3-35), Osman Choudhry (2-9), Umar Choudhry (2-14) and Vibhor Yadav (2-26) combined with the ball as the visitors were dismissed for 137 in 36 overs having chosen to bat first.

Loughton’s batsmen did not have it all their own way in reply, but their top five all made double figures, with Yadav (20) and Umar Choudhry (46) their top scorers as they reached their target in the 32nd over.

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