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Fives, Parkonians win; Brentwoods draw

PUBLISHED: 16:00 29 May 2017

The new cricket season is underway (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

The new cricket season is underway (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Centurions shine for Division Two rivals

Fives & Heronians and Oakfield Parkonians both celebrated wins in their latest Essex League Division Two outings on Saturday, but Old Brentwoods had to settle for a draw at Wickford.

Sarfaraz Ahmed (4-65) was the pick of the bowling for Fives, while Fahad Iqbal (2-73) nabbed a brace, as Basildon made 247-9 after choosing to bat at Mopsies Park.

Fives lost Ali Raza cheaply, but Terry Ballard (31) and Gary Norris (45) got them on their way, before Iqbal hit an unbeaten 106.

Jake Poulter (41 not out) gave support with the bat as Fives clinched a seven-wicket win in the 43rd over.

Parkonians captain Jibran Azam chose to bat first against Horndon, but saw Faisal Bhatti fall without scoring.

Young Ryan Karuna carried his bat, though, to score an unbeaten 105 and steer the hosts to 214-9, as Dave Rai (23) and Paran Kalley (23) chipped in.

And a good all-round display from the Parkonians bowling attack helped secure a 26-run win, with Anujan Thiru (3-28) and Abdul Rehman Razzaq (3-47) taking the main honours, as Selvam Ramsamy (2-52) and Ramya Upadhyay also had success.

Brentwoods saw hosts Wickford pile up 284-3 in just 44 overs, thanks largely to an unbeaten 133 off just 82 balls from James Newton, who put on 177 with Dean Etchells (85).

Ramesh Gunalan (2-67) nabbed a brace for the visitors, who lost Nazim Hussain with only a single on the board in reply.

Wickets continued to fall to leave Brentwoods 113-5, but Baber Choudhary held his nerve and had support from captain Khalid Sarwar (27) and number 10 Ejaz Khan (40 not out), who shared an unbroken 96 as they closed on 248-8.

Choudhary hit 19 fours in his unbeaten 128, from 149 balls, to help save the match for Brentwoods.

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