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Cricket: Oakfield Parkonians beaten on Duckworth-Lewis method by Horndon in Essex Division Two

PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 August 2017

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Oakfield Parkonians firsts went down by four wickets on the Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-affected Essex Division Two match at Horndon.

Opener Vikram Handa scored a dogged 57 for Parks, which proved to be the top score for the visitors as they were bowled out for 202 in the 49th over.

Rain delayed the start of the Horndon reply, and by the time it finally got underway, the hosts were chasing a revised target of 198 from 47 overs.

When they returned after a second delay, Horndon were now chasing 168 from 38 overs.

Despite Aman Ali taking four wickets throughout the Horndon innings for Parks, the hosts succeeded with two overs to spare.

Oakfield will look to bounce back on Saturday when they entertain table-topping Hutton.

Parks’ seconds also saw their match at home to Belhus hit by the rain, though the hosts were able to pull off a remarkable win.

After putting the visitors into bat with rain clouds looming, Oakfield bowled Belhus out for just 123, with Sifth Ali taking 4-36.

Wary of the weather closing in, Parks got their reply underway within five minutes of bowling the visitors out and reached 104 off 12 overs by the time an early tea was taken.

While the players were off, though, the rain came, with the hosts facing a nervous wait to see if they could resume their innings.

Chasing a revised target of 122, Parks needed just eight balls after play resumed to triumph, with Dhruv Patel (54 not out) smacking a six.

The third were frustrated by the weather as they saw their clash with Woodford Wells abandoned, though Om Thakeria took 4-12.

Parks fourths suffered a similar fate against Loughton, despite a George Christian half-century, while the fifth lost by seven wickets against Upminster and the Sunday XI were beaten by seven wickets against Vikings despite 48 from Paresh Kalley.

The under-19s cantered to a 10-wicket win after bowling Goresbrook out for just 38, reaching their target inside four overs, while the other colts games were abandoned.

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