Parkonians proud of ‘most successful year’
PUBLISHED: 14:30 10 September 2015
Chairman pays tribute after more silverware
Oakfield Parkonians chairman Chris Nutt paid tribute to his club members after seeing three sides secure promotion and two colts teams win silverware at the weekend.
The first, second and thirds ended their campaigns with wins, with the seconds going up as champions, while the under-15s lifted the Cox & Kings Cup and the under-13s took the Len Stentiford Cup silverware.
The under-11s were runners-up in the Haydn Davies Trophy, but Nutt said: “It’s not quite the end of the season, but we can say with some confidence that this has been the most successful season in all competitions in living memory.”
The men recovered from 42-4 to pile up 302-9 against Epping, as Jibran Azam reached three figures and Usman Rafiq hit 94.
Arshad Mughal (5-36) did the early damage with the ball, with Rana Arslan (2-16) nabbing a brace to seal a 222-run victory.
The second-team fixture was much closer, after Epping were dismissed for 104.
Captain Dilan Patel (7-25) had his best figures of the year, but Parks slumped to 49-6 and 80-8.
James Foley was the only top-order batsman in double figures, but Aman Ali (17 not out) steered Parks to a one-wicket win and the title.
The thirds saw Orsett reach 203-6, as Abdul Usman (3-24) and Tarunpreet Bhatia (2-26) had most success with the ball.
Parks were 64-3, before Tarun Bhatia (42 not out) and Teerath Diocee shared an unbroken 142 in 27 overs.
Diocee hit seven big sixes and 14 fours to finish unbeaten on 132 as Parks won by seven wickets with 12 overs to spare.
Jamie Gordon (59 not out) led Parks to 214-8 against Upminster on Sunday to set up a 46-run win.
And Parks celebrated a colts cup double at Woodford Wells, with the under-15s beating Loughton by eight wickets.
They booked their final place with a nine-wicket win over Wells, as Pranav Khetia (3-20), Aman Ali (2-24), Ronan Karuna (35 retired), Paresh Kalley (31 retired) and Eshun Kalley (20 not out) their star performers.
And having beaten Loughton in the under-16 Matchplay final, Parks held their younger team to 83-7 from their 20 overs.
Khetia (2-6) made early inroads, with Eshun Kalley (2-20) and Ali (2-11) having further success later in the innings.
Karuna retired out on 33 in reply, before Paresh Kalley was run out, but Ali and Eshun Kalley saw Parks home to an eight-wicket win in 13 overs.
Chairman Nutt added: “On the day they showed, once again, why this crop of very talented individuals had achieved so much this season as they added the Cox & Kings to their other successes.”
The under-13s had raced to a nine-wicket win over Buckhurst Hill in their semi-final on Friday, after holding their rivals to 86-8.
Matthew Holland took three wickets as Parks impressed in the field, before Faaris Moreland (30 retired) set up a successful run chase in 13 overs.
That set up a final meeting with Wanstead and Parks were put into bat on a very damp pitch.
Eshun Kalley and Ryan Karuna put on 65 in just seven overs, but had to retire out on 31 and 30 respectively.
Hamd Usman also reached the 30-run retirement mark, but Jaydeep Dhuria was the only other batsman into double figures as Parks were dismissed for 117 in the 18th over.
Wanstead reached 52-2 at the midway mark of their reply, but Parks continued to bowl and field well and the target was reduced to 37 from the last four overs.
That became 22 from the last 12 balls and as the tension grew Wanstead came up short on 111-4.
Chairman Nutt added: “This was a game fit for the final and it was touch and go right up to the last over. Oakfield capped off a great season to add this to the long list of titles won by the colts.”
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