Parks top the table despite first defeat
PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 July 2015
Wins for firsts, seconds, thirds and fourths in another great weekend
Oakfield Parkonians went top of Essex League Division Three despite losing for the first time this season against Basildon.
Basildon won the toss and elected to bat first on what looked to be an extremely favourable wicket for the batsmen.
Abdul Razzaq was the pick of the bowlers and finished with figures of 2-21 for Parks, but even his tight spell could not stop the visitors from posting 239-7.
Openers Fasial Bhatti (32) and Glen Sasikaran (23) provided Oakfield with a solid start to their reply.
The normally reliable Jibran Azam may have gone cheaply, but important knocks from Haris Khan (42) and Rana Arslan (38) kept the host’s hopes alives.
Paran Kalley, the youngest member of the team, top scored with an unbeaten 56, but ran out of partners with Parks 12 runs short of victory.
But thanks to title rivals Old Southendian also losing, Oakfield were able to take over at the top of the standings.
The seconds were indebted to a superb 160-run partnership from Dhruv Patel and James Foley in their three-run win over Westcliff, their closest rivals in the table.
Patel was dismissed for 107, but Foley remained unbeaten to the end of the innings, hitting 132 not out as Parks closed on a whopping 320-4 from their 45 overs.
Westcliff came close to doing the unthinkable, but skipper Dilan Patel (3-64) helped ensured they fell just short of the target.
On a gloriously sunny day, the third team’s bowling attack were on fire as they crushed Benfleet by 213 runs.
Rafiq Usman (122 not out) and Ryan Karuna (76 not) put the Benfleet attack to the sword in a 218-run partnership as Parks batted first and ran up an impressive total of 293-4.
If the Benfleet batsmen weren’t troubled enough by the warm weather, Anuj Tewari (5-12) turned the heat up further as they were bowled out for a dismal 80.
The fourths were another Parks side to put in an impressive performance as they dismissed the challenge of Hutton to win by eight wickets.
Pranav Khatia (5-25) proved devastatingly good with the ball as Oakfield were able to bowl the visitors out for only 117 inside 40 overs.
An unbeaten 60 from Shahid Khan in reply helped steer Parks to a comfortable success as they cantered home inside 32 overs to cap an excellent team display.
The fifths, however, were tamed in their friendly with London Tigers as they suffered a 170-run defeat despite a brave display from a young team.
Tigers amassed a huge score of 300-8 from just 35 overs, but Hamd Usman, Matthew Holland and Karthegan Thavanesan all took a brace of wickets for Parks.
But as soon as captain Bal Diocee fell cheaply at the start of the Oakfield reply, the writing was on the wall for the inexperienced side who were eventually dismissed for 130.
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