Oakfield Parkonians maintain Essex League Division Two promotion push

PUBLISHED: 12:38 11 July 2016 | UPDATED: 12:38 11 July 2016

Oakfield Parkonians captain Jibran Azam (pic: Ken Mears)

Oakfield Parkonians captain Jibran Azam (pic: Ken Mears)


Hainault & Clayhall hit by Horndon defeat

Oakfield Parkonians maintained their promotion push in Essex League Division Two with a resounding win at bottom club Wickford.

The home side chose to bat first after winning the toss but lost former Essex opener Darren Robinson without scoring, caught off the bowling of Selvam Ramasamy.

Eshun Kalley broke a 57-run stand for the secont wicket, before captain Jibran Azam produced a run out to leave the hosts 79-3.

And Abdul Rehman Razzaq (3-35) then struck three times, ending the defiance of opener Bhakta Das for 79 in the process, as Baldeep Mann also had success to reduce Wickford to 150-7.

Further wickets for Azam and Mann (2-23) made it 172-9, but Wickford’s last-wicket pair put on 65 to see them close out their 50 overs on 237-9, with Gareth Wright unbeaten on 51.

Chasing a bigger target than they might have expected, Parks lost Faisal Bhatti without scoring after Azam dominated a 32-run opening stand.

Azam added another 103 with Haris Khan, hitting three sixes and 14 fours in a belligerent innings of 85 off 58 balls.

And Khan then had support from Ramya Upadhyay, with both hitting unbeaten half-centuries in a 107-run partnership to seal an eight-wicket win with 12 overs in hand.

Khan hit three sixes and five fours in his unbeaten 66 from 102 balls, while Upadhyay struck two sixes and seven fours to finish 57 not out from 53 deliveries as Parks maintained pace with leaders Belhus.

Inconsistent neighbours Hainault & Clayhall were condemned to a 45-run defeat at Horndon, as Ryan Madder wreaked havoc with the ball for the home side.

Sent into the field after losing the toss, Hainault saw Rameez Rehman claim a brace of wickets and Mousshin Ismail, Khalil Khan, Sam Shirzay and Ravi Ravel pick up one apiece in Horndon’s 212-6.

Opening batsman Sagar Joshi made 54 in reply, with Irfan Shah (32) and Bhalandip Singh (31) also getting starts.

But Madder accounted for Joshi and Shah and then ran through the lower order to finish with 6-41 as Hainault collapsed to 167 all out in the 33rd over.

It was only a second defeat in 10 league matches for Ryan Hurst’s side, but they find themselves only 14 points above the relegation spots with eight matches remaining.

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