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Essex League Division Two: Oakfield Parkonians celebrate first win

PUBLISHED: 17:30 24 May 2017

Oakfield Parkonians celebrate promotion to Division Two in 2016 (pic: OPCC).

Oakfield Parkonians celebrate promotion to Division Two in 2016 (pic: OPCC).

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Ramya Upadhyay hits unbeaten fifty to seal five wicket success over Old Brentwoods

Oakfield Parkonians’ overseas player Ramya Upadhyay was the star of the show as his unbeaten 66 helped them record a five-wicket win over Old Brentwoods – their first Essex League Division Two victory of the campaign.

After winning the toss and putting Old Brentwoods into bat, the Parks attack – led by Selvam Ramasamy and Eshun Kalley – helped restrict the hosts to 186-5.

Parks got off to a steady start in reply, finding themselves 70-3 in the 22nd over. However, there proved to a match-defining partnership from Upadhyay (66*) and Paran Kalley (47) saw them home with three balls to spare.

Meanwhile, James Foley’s unbeaten 98 helped the seconds to a comfortable six-wicket win over Westcliff-on-Sea.

After winning the toss and electing to bowl, Parks were able to dismiss the opposition for 176, mainly thanks to Dilan Patel’s 5-22, along with Ravi Raval’s 2-35 as they took the final eight wickets for 57 runs.

In-form Vikram Handa (17) was dismissed early on but that brought Foley to the crease and he produced a batting masterclass as he steered the side to victory, ably supported by Dhruv (39).

Third-team debutant Bhavdeep Sehmi and captain Alan Bouquet helped Oakfield Parkonians to a draw against Hainault & Clayhall.

Parks had Hainault 50-5 before the first rain break, but that allowed the opposition to regroup and they ended up posting 166. Nav Kalley (6-48) was the star turn with the ball.

The reply started poorly and Parks found themselves 60-6 with 20 overs remaining. That was when Sehmi and Bouquet stepped up to the plate to ensure they avoided defeat, though Parks only went on to pick up four points from this encounter.

Captain Gurmit Bhatia led from the front as the fourths picked up a four-wicket win against Walthamstow.

An all-round bowling display saw Manick Shanker, Nimanka De’Silva, Shahid Khan and Vijay Vijayanathan pick up two wickets apiece in restricting the opposition to 154-9.

A 50-run partnership from Adam Goldman (57) and Mazzam Ali (15) steadied the ship before George Christian (17) and Bhatia (45 not out) helped Parks win with 14 balls to spare.

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