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Parkonians book Matchplay final spot

PUBLISHED: 17:00 30 July 2015

Oakfield Parkonians under-16s are into the Essex Matchplay final

Oakfield Parkonians under-16s are into the Essex Matchplay final

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Oakfield under-16s look forward to big day

Oakfield Parkonians under-16s booked their place in the final of the prestigious Essex Matchplay competition with a fine victory over local rivals Woodford Wells at Billericay.

They lost three quick wickets to a swinging new ball, but Paresh Kalley (28) and Ryan Karuna (25) steadied the ship.

Taranpreet Bhatia and Eshun Kalley maintained the momentum, before Aman Ali (35) ensured the Parkonians youngsters finished with a respectable total of 175, before being dismissed in the 35th over.

There was some concern that the total was below-par, with Loughton on their way to 300-plus in the other semi-final on the adjoining pitch.

But Parks produced a superb display in the field to keep their hopes of reaching the final alive, with Pranav Khetia, Paresh Kalley, Aman Kali and Bhatia taking a wicket apiece.

Some excellent catching also helped reduce Wells to 102-8, before two tail-enders produced a sensible ninth-wicket partnership to take the score past 140.

Parks produced a run out when it mattered, though, and Sahil Handa claimed the final wicket to finish with 4-23 from six economical overs as his side completed a 26-run victory.

The Oakfield youngsters will now prepare to meet Loughton in the final at the County Ground, Chelmsford on Friday, August 21, with play set to start at midday.

The under-15s were also in fine form, representing Essex, in the National Cup at St Albans.

They met Oxford’s Aston Rowant in the semi-final of the London & South East region, but slumped to 8-2 in the first over.

Sahil Handa (52 retired) and Ronan Karune (40) put on 124 in 14 overs, though, to help Parks reach 145 at the end of their 20 overs.

And fine spells by Eshun Kalley, Khetia and Handa kept Aston to 57-3 from 10 overs in reply.

Paresh Kalley (2-23) nabbed a brace as Parks kept their rivals in check to seal a 12-run win and a final against Surrey champions Sutton.

But, after only a 20-minute break between matches, Parks produced their worst performance of the season to fall to a 100-run defeat.

Sutton raced to 65-2 in eight overs, before Paresh Kalley applied the breaks and Eshun Kalley took 3-37 as the innings closed on 149.

Karthegan Thavanesan was the only Parks batsman to reach double figures, though, as they collapsed in stunning fashion.

A spokesman said: “This has been an outstanding campaign for the boys and they have played some breathtaking cricket, which made us all proud of their achievement in getting this far.”

*James Foley retired out on 104 as Parks, chasing 248 in a midweek fixture at Buckhurst Hill, won by two wickets. Paresh Kalley (22) and Anujan Thiru (2-35) also shone.


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