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Razzaq runs through Walthamstow to keep Parks at the top

PUBLISHED: 11:30 16 July 2015

The 2015 cricket season is well under way (pic: Graham Hodges)

The 2015 cricket season is well under way (pic: Graham Hodges)

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A round-up of the Oakfield Parkonians senior teams in action last week

Oakfield Parkonians continued their fine form in Essex League Division Three by thrashing their Walthamstow rivals by 148 runs to stay top of the table.

The visitors won the toss on a hot, sunny day and decided to take to the field – but it backfired.

Parks opener Sachin Vara went on to hit 62 and built a good stand with Haris Khan (45).

After they had departed, it was down to Glen Sasikaran (64) and Paran Kalley to pick up the baton and the latter finished on 41 not out to help Parks post 341-6.

Walthamstow never looked like chasing that total and lost three early wickets. Abdul Razzaq was the chief destroyer taking four wickets and conceding just 43 runs.

He was backed up by Raghav Chopra (2-28) as Parks dismissed the visitors for 193 to remain top.

The seconds faced Walthamstow opposition too, but didn’t have such a comfortable afternoon.

Parks lost the toss and were put into bat, but although they suffered a couple of early blows, James Foley stuck around.

Foley dug deep and would go on to smash a sensational 130 not out, including three huge sixes, to help his side eventually get their total up to 284-6 from 45 overs.

Paresh Kalley (36), Dhruv Patel (35) and Haaris Shah (24) also contributed valuable runs down the order, but the total seemed like one Walthamstow could get.

Anujan Thiru impressed and took 3-54 from his nine overs and those wickets would help slow the run rate of the opposition. In the end, Walthamstow fell short by nine runs as they closed on 275-7 to ensure Parks stayed second in the table.

The third string ensured the good vibes continued for Parks as they defeated Wanstead’s sixth team by 85 runs.

Ronan Karuna made 53 for Parks and, following his departure, Sift Ali (54) and Usman Rafiq (62) took on the responsibility and helped their team reach 217, before they were bowled out in 43.2 overs.

A quick breakthrough was going to be key for Parks and skipper Nav Kalley (2-19) picked up two early scalps.

Although a slight recovery was staged by Wanstead, Jonathan Balakumar (3-49) ensured they would not get anywhere near their target and Karuna picked up two wickets as well to ensure Parks were happy.

The fourth team defeated Ilford fifths by 65 runs after a solid performance from the whole side. Half-centuries from Sarankan Skandamoorthy (51) and Jeevan Chahal (50) ensured Parks were able to post 237-6 and Ilford were eventually bowled out for 172.

Nimanka de Silva (3-27) and Subash Patel (3-28) did most of the damage for Parks.

Although the Parks fifth team were dismissed for 181, they still beat Galleywood fourths. Adam Goodman’s 66 contributed more than a third of the total for his side as Parks were bowled out for an under-par total.

But they didn’t need to worry as Jaydeep Duria (2-19) and Manicks Shankar (2-23) were able to restrict Galleywood to 139-7, which earned a 42-run triumph.

The Sunday team were unable to continue the glory, though, as they lost by nine wickets to Chigwell, despite 93 from Vikram Handa.


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