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Essex League Division Two: Wickford deny Oakfield Parkonians another win with unbroken last wicket stand

PUBLISHED: 17:00 29 August 2017

Oakfield Parkonians players celebrate a wicket (pic Gavin Elliis/TGS Photo)

Oakfield Parkonians players celebrate a wicket (pic Gavin Elliis/TGS Photo)

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The seconds edged closer to promotion with another victory, while a solid bowling display by the thirds earned them success

Oakfield Parkonians hopes of a third win on the spin in the Essex League Division Two were denied by a stubborn batting display by Wickford.

Batting first, Parks posted 239 from 50 overs, despite things looking bleak at 111-5, as Dave Rai (40) and Aman Ali (64) helped push them on to their imposing total.

Ramasamy’s 5-59 from 15 overs put the visitors in command and the hosts looked defeated at 101-9.

But Chirag Desai and Connor Etchells batted superbly during an unbroken 99-run stand for the last wicket to deny Parks any hope of victory ahead of their match at home to Old Southendians this weekend.

The seconds picked up a two-wicket win over Gidea Park & Romford to take another step closer to promotion.

Ravi Raval’s 4-31 helped, while Dilan Patel (2-69) also chipped in as the opposition finished on 224-9.

Parks were 54-4 in reply, but Raval hit an unbeaten 52 to help them to victory along with Sifth Ali (30) and Paresh Kalley (41) as they head into their title decider this weekend against Billericay.

The bowling of Ibrahim Iqbal (3-13) and Sarankan Skandamoorthy (4-21) steered the thirds to a seven-wicket win over Harold Wood.

Abdul Usman (2-37) got Parks off to a good start before the above duo took command and ensured Wood were dismissed for 132.

Dan Shalom (37), Usman Rafiq (28*) and Teerath Diocee (25*) then all batted sensibly to see them over the line.

The fourths were edged out by one wicket against third-placed Chingford. Gobi Jeevkumar hit 78 and Maran Mariyathas 37 as Parks posted 191 all out from 42 overs.

Manicks Shankar (3-38), Om Thakeria (3-39) and Jeevkumar (2-33) helped leave them nine down, only for Chingford to chase down the total with an over to spare.

Meanwhile a poor batting display saw the fifths lose out by four wickets to St Albans, as the hosts chased down 131.

Meanwhile, the under-11s lost to Newham by 59 runs.

Andrien Amirthanayagam (2-43) helped restrict Newham to 236-7 before Reuben Chandy (40) and Samuel Vames (54) tried to get their team over the line, but it was to be in vain as they ended on 177-9.

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