Essex League: Promotion party for Oakfield Parkonians

PUBLISHED: 10:00 14 September 2017

It proved to be a final weekend to remember in the Essex League for Oakfield Parkonians as three of their teams secured promotion.

The seconds only needed five points from their match with Leigh-on-Sea but produced an assured performance to come out on top by 122 runs.

Dhruv Patel (123 not out) led the way and was ably supported by Sachin Vara (27) and Paresh Kalley (32 not out) as Parks posted 220-4 and secured the points required.

Opening bowlers Sahil Handa (6-52) and Sifth Ali (3-31) tore the Leigh batting line-up apart and left them 31-5 at one stage, before they were bowled out for 98.

The third team’s chances of finishing top of the table was hit by the rain as their clash with Fives & Heronians was abandoned.

Parks had set Fives 279 for victory thanks to Ibrahim Iqbal’s quickfire 85 and a more patient unbeaten 69 from Jaydeep Dhuria, having been 85-5 at one stage.

But the rain put paid to their chances of the title, despite securing promotion.

Parks fourths needed 25 points to seal promotion and got them with a convincing 158-run win over Brentwood.

Chetan Patel (52 not out) and Pranav Khetia (40) were the mainstays with the bat as Parks declared on 237-8.

The bowling attack proved too strong for Brentwood as Abdul Osman (4-20), Gobi (3-18) and Sarankan Skandamoorthy (2-25) skittled them out for 79.

Meanwhile, the firsts – safe in Division Two – drew their final encounter with Fives & Heronians, with Eshun Kalley the pick of the bowlers with three wickets as Fives posted a modest 182.

It seemed a comfortable enough target for Parks, but two rain breaks reduced their hopes as they had to chase the runs in just 31 overs.

Vikram Handa (25), Paran Kalley (17) and Eshun Kalley (22 not out) were the top scorers as they ended on 119-7.

Inderjit Singh’s 4-32 helped the fifths to a four-wicket win over Brentwood, as Akhil Patel (1-15) and Om Thakeria (2-37) helped restrict the hosts to 163.

Bhavik Trivedi scored a classy 38, alongside Sachin Fing (30) and Nick Thorpe (32 not out) as they secured the win that ensured they also ended the season in style.

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