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Oakfield Parkonians Cricket Club and Hainault & Clayhall Cricket Club suffer defeats in Essex League Division Two

PUBLISHED: 13:00 25 July 2016

Oakfield Parkonians captain Jibran Azam in batting action. Pic: KEN MEARS

Oakfield Parkonians captain Jibran Azam in batting action. Pic: KEN MEARS

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A round-up of the action from the Essex League Division Two on Saturday

A fine performance from Oakfield Parkonians captain Jibran Azam wasn’t enough to earn his team a third consecutive victory in the Essex League Division Two last weekend.

Azam’s men made the trip to Garon Park to take on Old Southendian & Southchurch and were made to field first.

The hosts got off to a strong start with the bat before Eshun Kalley (1-62) made the breakthrough.

It failed to halt the momentum of Old Southendian with opener Rob Johnston and number three Chris Bunce hitting fifities.

Although Azam dismissed the pair, Amit Gupta scored 117 from number four to lead his side to a testing total of 334-6 from their 50 overs.

Parks captain finished with 3-57 while Raghav Chopra (1-48) and Selvam Ramasamy (1-64) chipped in with wickets.

The visitors needed to make a strong start in reply, but Faisal Bhatti (21), Vikram Handa (12) and Ramya Upadhyay (10) failed to build on starts.

Azam reached his half century after joining forces with Paran Kalley, but was dismissed for exactly 50.

Although number nine Ronan Karuna chipped in with a vital 30, it was never going to be enough for Parks.

Paran Kalley top scored with 73, but the away side were all out for 250 and lost by 84 runs at Garon Park.

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Hainault & Clayhall put up a brave fight at leaders Belhus, but couldn’t get over the line at the Village Green.

Ryan Hurst loss the toss and the hosts batted first, but struggled initially with the visitors on top.

Hamza Omar (2-56) made two early breakthroughs, but Belhus opener Danny Joyce remained at the crease and hit 61.

Khalil Khan got rid of him on his way to recording impressive figures of 3-37 off his 10 overs.

Although Hainault regularly picked up wickets, the leaders managed to post 250-8 from their 50 overs.

Sagar Joshi went early for the away side, but Irfan Shah and Mousshin Ismail put them in a great position.

Shah was caught for 80 and it left Hainault on 137-2 with skipper Hurst next to the crease.

Unfortunately he went for seven and Ismail was dismissed for 70 before Yasin Patel went cheaply.

The rest of the lower order struggled as Hainault were all out for 215 with 19 balls left of their innings.

Hurst’s men are sixth in the table while Oakfield Parkonians have dropped down to third position.


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