Fives clinch title in style
PUBLISHED: 17:30 06 September 2015
Billericay held by Belhus
Fives & Heronians clinched the Essex League Division Two title with a six-wicket win at Harlow Town as rivals Billericay were held to a draw by Belhus.
Ben Britton put the home side into bat and saw Greg Summers strike early with the new ball.
Selvam Ramasamy (2-13) had success at the other end in his opening spell and Jonny Kay (2-10) got in on the act with a quick brace to reduce Town to 65-5.
They recovered somewhat to take the total to 96 before Ali Raza made the breakthrough and the last five wickets fell for just one more run.
Raza (3-13) and Sarfaraz Ahmed (2-12) mopped up as the hosts were dismissed for 97 in the 36th over and Terry Ballard hit a quickfire 26 in reply, before he and Gary Edwards fell with the total on 33.
Gary Norris and Gamindu Kanishka put on 47 for the fourth wicket, before Norris and Jake Poulter fell in quick succession.
And that allowed Britton to join Kanishka (47 not out) at the crease to help seal victory and the title.
Billericay needed a maximum-point win to have any hope of leapfrogging Fives and scored 236-6 batting first.
But Belhus dug in for a draw at 184-7 and they had to settle for the runners-up spot, some 21 points behind the champions.
Gidea Park & Romford ended the season in fifth place after losing to Horndon by two wickets.
Alan Croft fell before a run had been scored, but Sam Hewitt (27) made a start and Adam McKie (23) put on 54 for the six wicket with captain Jamal Francis.
Francis hit seven fours in his 66, from 79 balls, as Park were dismissed for 152.
But Horndon lost wickets at regular intervals to leave the match in the balance.
Charlie Haddon (2-33) and McKie (2-20) reduced the hosts to 69-5, with Shawn Findlay picking up four wickets to leave Horndon 129-8.
But veteran Jeff West kept his head to steer the home side to their target, finishing unbeaten on 39 as Findlay (4-58) ended as the pick of the bowling.
Ardleigh Green’s second successive relegation to Division Three had been confirmed a week earlier, but they made 203-7 against Wickford at Central Park.
The visitors reached their target with three wickets in hand to leapfrog Gidea Park & Romford into fourth place.
Oakfield Parkonians had already secured promotion from Division Three and ended their season in style with a big win over Epping.
Parks piled up 302-9, before skittling the visitors for just 77.
But Woodford Green went down by 24 runs against champions Old Southendian, after dismissing the home side for 153.
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