Essex League: Wanstead better Brentwood in title showdown
PUBLISHED: 08:50 27 August 2017 | UPDATED: 08:50 27 August 2017
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Wanstead took a big step towards retaining the Essex League Premier Division title with a 107-run win over previous leaders Brentwood.
Arfan Akram (39) and Hassan Chowdhury put on 64 for their first wicket, before Ian Belchamber struck twice in quick succession.
Kishen Velani hit two sixes and five fours in his 53 from 54 balls during a 79-run stand with Chowdhury, while Tom Cummins (29) also chipped in.
And Chowdhury went on to make 79 from 159 deliveries, with two sixes and four fours, as the hosts reached 245.
Belchamber (5-85) took the bowling honours for Brentwood, who slumped to 8-3 in reply as Jack Lord (2-14) and Suminda Balage Don struck early with the ball.
Jon Walford (31) and Rishi Patel (40) stopped the rot with a 67-run stand, but then fell to Wanstead skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal in quick succession.
Ellis-Grewal worked his way through the rest of the card and, despite late defiance from Max Osborne (20) and Charlie Griffiths (24), finished with a superb 7-36 as his side moved 13 poinnts clear with two games remaining.