Essex League Division Two: Oakfield Parkonians put friendly rivals Stanford to sword ahead of league opener
PUBLISHED: 14:00 11 May 2017
Local club do battle with Hainault & Clayhall this weekend and will seek a strong start after promotion in 2016
Oakfield Parkonians warmed up for their Essex League Division Two opener with an emphatic friendly win over Stanford last weekend.
It wasn’t the best of preparations for Saturday’s home encounter with rivals Hainault & Clayhall, but allowed some of Parks batsman invaluable time in the middle.
Faisal Bhatti and 14-year-old Ryan Karuna stroked elegant tons while 88 by Harriss Khan was the other highlight as they set 346.
Aman Ali claimed four wickets in the field, as Parks earned a comprehensive victory ahead of a derby clash this weekend.
The second team also beat their Stanford counterparts comfortably with debutant Neil Brathwaite smashing 150.
Upminster proved too strong for the thirds, however, despite Om Thakeria impressing with the ball.
Thakeria (4-37) helped restrict Upminster to 184-9 from their 45 overs, but no Parks batsman got past 20 as they fell 60 runs short.
Parks fourth and fifth team combined to take on Woodford Green thirds, but suffered a 66-run loss.
Green batted first and made the most of some poor fielding to get up to 233-4 from their allotted 49 overs.
Youngster Inderjit Singh hit 48 for Parks in reply and Cheetan Patel added 22 not out, but they were dismissed for 170.
Parks Sunday team enjoyed success at the weekend, though, as they triumphed by 10 wickets against Upminster.
Nagappan (4-13) and Gurmet Bhatia (3-32) did most of the damage as Upminster were all out for 187.
Eshun Kalley, Sifth Ali and James Foley all scored half centuries before retiring, but Parks got over the line with ease.
Parks under-15s edged out Walthamstow in a tight contest in the opening match of the Denis Peters Portman National Cup.
Ryan Karuna struck 51 before retiring and 24 not out from Jaydeep Dhuria helped them reach 160 from their 20 overs.
Om Thakeria showed his potential with 2-19 from his four overs while Suleman Shaheen (2-44) helped restrict Walthamstow to 145.
The under-11s lost by 43 runs against South Loughton despite Subair Raja catching the eye and hitting 27 before retiring.
Meanwhile Parks under-12s lost by nine wickets to Loughton in the Peter Coe Cup after only posting 49 with the bat.