Mixed fortunes for Hainault & Clayhall, Hutton in Essex League Division Two
PUBLISHED: 11:00 29 August 2016
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Relegation battle going down to the wire
Hainault & Clayhall ensured their place in Essex League Division Two with a slender win over Harlow Town.
But Hutton are just nine points above the relegation zone heading into the last match of the season after losing to fellw strugglers Wickford.
Hainault captain Ryan Hurst chose to bat after winning the toss and saw Dominic Hurst and Daniel Mahmood (31) make a solid start.
Mousshin Ismail and Sagar Joshi then put on 98 for the fourth wicket, both hitting half-centuries before falling to Ashley Alderson.
Ismail hit eight fours in his 62 off 78 balls, while Joshi struck a six and eight fours in his 62 from 63 deliveries.
Hurst, Bhalandip Singh, Yasin Patel and Irfan Shah also reached double figures as the visitors lifted their total to 256-7, which proved to be just enough as Harlow Town came up short.
The home side’s openers put on 99 before skipper Hurst made the breakthrough and then claimed two more wickets to make it 142-3.
Singh (2-31) struck twice in quick succession to reduce the hosts to 151-5, but Neil Gladwin and Patrick Yates then hit back with the bat, putting on 45.
Etinder Bopara (2-43) claimed two wickets in two balls to turn the match back Hainault’s way and Hurst (4-62) struck again to leave them 213-8.
But Yates held firm and got his side to within sight of victory, before two late run outs left him stranded on 46 as Hainault clinched an eight-run win that took them to 195 points, with a 26-point cushion over the bottom two, with a home match against Wickford to come on the last day of the season.
Hutton are still looking over their shoulders and will be hoping Hainault can lend a hand after their three-wicket loss to Wickford.
Tom Patterson (38), Jonathan Mowll (37) and Mitchell Fenn (34) all made starts as they were dismissed for 159 in 49 overs and Patterson struck early with the ball in reply.
Patterson (2-69) and Mowll (2-39) had further success to make it 107-4, before spinner Naeem Iqbal (3-28) reduced Wickford to 128-7.
But that was as good as it got for Hutton, as the the hosts reached their target without any further loss to set up a tense conclusion to the campaign.