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Fives top pile at midway point

PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 July 2015

Latest news from the Essex League (pic: Graham Hodges)

Latest news from the Essex League (pic: Graham Hodges)

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Hainault and Wells both lose

Fives & Heronians top the Essex League Division Two table at the halfway point of the season after their 45-run win over Harlow Town at The Paddock.

Put into bat by the visitors, Fives had contributions from opening pair Pete Kilpatrick (44) and Terry Ballard (58), with Gary Edwards, Jake Poulter and Ali Raza all getting into the 20s as they closed on 282-9.

Town conceded 38 wides and 49 extras overall, but saw their top three combine for 164 runs.

Sarfaraz Ahmed (3-31) made the breakthrough with the ball for Fives, though, and Selvan Ramasamy (3-24) and Poulter (2-35) also had success as Town fell away to 237 all out.

Hainault & Clayhall slumped to a nine-wicket defeat against Division One relegation rivals Orsett.

Put into bat at Oakfield, the home side were dismissed for just 144 in 42 overs.

Etinder Bopara hit 10 fours in his 54, but Hassan Shafiq (22) was the only other Hainault batsman to pass 20 as Shahid Khan (5-22) shone for bottom club Orsett.

Carl Hurst struck early with the ball in Orsett’s reply, but an unbroken 134-run stand saw the visitors cruise to their target in just 23 overs to pull to within nine points of Hainault, who are 12 points adrift os safety at the season’s midway point.

Woodford Wells saw their promotion hopes hit by defeat at Shenfield, who moved into second place.

Gareth James (45) top scored in Wells 228-9, but Byron Wyngard hit 134 in reply to help Shenfield to a seven-wicket win with 12 overs to spare.


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