Sachin Vara hits century in Oakfield Parkonians win over Westcliff-on-Sea

PUBLISHED: 09:00 27 July 2017

A cricket helmet lies by the boundary edge (pic Jacob Ranson)

A cricket helmet lies by the boundary edge (pic Jacob Ranson)


First-team had match washed out, but seconds made the most of good conditions near the seaside

Oakfield Parkonians seconds moved to the top of the table courtesy of an eight-wicket win over Westcliff-on-Sea on Saturday thanks to a century from Sachin Vara.

A number of players were making their debuts for the twos with so many absent, and having won the toss, Parks put the hosts into bat.

Through the innings the visitors produced a strong bowling performance and everyone chipped in, with wickets going to Nav Kalley (1-28), Sahil Handa (2-46), Dilan Patel (3-18) and Ravi Raval (1-36).

That helped restrict the hosts to 173-9 off their 45 overs, but Parks got off to a disappointing start when Teerath Diocee was out for a golden duck.

But that brought Vara to the crease and along with Faisal Chaudhry (50 not out) they helped Parks to victory.

Vara raced to his fifty off just six overs, before passing the century mark after 13 overs, though he was to be dismissed for 102 with Parks close to victory, having been set a revised total of 159 for victory due to the rain-affected game.

They went on to reach the total off just 16 overs, and with all the other games falling foul to the weather, Parks moved to top spot.

All other Parks games ended in abandonments due to the rain with the firsts having Old Brentwoods 130-3 after 31 overs, before play was brought to a premature end in their Division Two contest.

Jibran Azam’s team travel to Horndon next on Saturday.

The thirds had Hainault & Clayhall fourths 120-6, thanks to three wickets for Faisal Chaudhry, until the rain ended any hope of victory.

Despite the abandonment, Parks remain top of their division by 14 points with every other game also falling foul to the weather.

The fourth team had restricted Harold Wood to a total of 209-7 off 40 overs, before rain forced the game to be abandoned at the tea break.

Chetan Patel (3-39) and Gurmit Bhatia (3-24) were the chief destroyers with the ball.

Meanwhile, the fifths were 115-5 off 22 overs until rain ended their hopes of victory.

All Sunday matches were abandoned without a ball being bowled due to waterlogged outfield.

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