Wells sink Upminster
PUBLISHED: 10:00 27 July 2015
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Hutton defeat Hainault
Woodford Wells kept their outside chances of promotion from Essex League Division One alive with a comfortable win over Upminster, who remain in the relegation zone and are now 21 points adrift of safety.
Upminster captain John Curtis won the toss and chose to bat first, having seen his side come up well short in recent run chase.
But there was to be no change in fortunes as former Essex staffer Maurice Chambers (4-22) and Donovan Miller (4-26) ran through the top order with the new ball.
Shafiq Rahman (38) and Nick O’Dell (37) steadied the ship with a fifth-wicket stand, but Farid Butt and former skipper Ollie Peck were the only other batsmen into double figures as Upminster were dismissed for 141 in the 47th over.
Brenton Thompson claimed the last two wickets to fall, then hit an unbeaten 52 with a six and six fours to steer Wells to their target inside 31 overs.
Wells captain Joe Johnson fell three runs short of his half-century as Wells sealed a seven-wicket win to remain in fourth place, albeit 39 points behind second-placed Southend.
Upminster’s survival hopes were hit, meanwhile, as Hadleigh beat leaders Hornchurch to pull clear of the bottom two.
*Hutton got the better of Hainault & Clayhall in their Division One encounter at the Polo Field Ground.
Etinder Bopara captained Hainault and put the home side into bat after winning the toss.
Hanuma Vihari Gade (40) and Jason Plom put on 54 for the first Hutton wicket, before Bilal Makodia made the breakthrough.
Mousshin Ismail then ran through the rest of the top order on his way to figures of 5-29 and Ravi Ravel (2-33) nabbed a brace.
But number nine Nick Hobbs hit an unbeaten 43 to help Hutton reach 170, having been 111-8, and then removed Yasin Patel and Ismail cheaply in Hainault’s reply.
Bopara fell for just five runs, as Irfan Shah (40) and number 10 Ravel were the only visiting batsmen to reach double figures in their 62-run defeat.
Hobbs (3-29), Tom Patterson (3-28), Gade (2-9) and Usman Jan (2-33) shared the wickets to fall as Hutton climbed above their rivals in mid-table.
*Shenfield kept their promotion hopes alive with a five-wicket win over bottom club Orsett.
Mitchell Fenn (3-47), Matthew Salisbury (2-20), Tom Austin (2-24) and Suhaib Sarwar (2-32) combined with the ball as Orsett werer dismissed for 178.
And half-centuries from Byron Wyngard (55) and Essex staffer Salisbury (60 not out) helped the home side to their target with almost 20 overs to spare to haul them to within four points of second-placed Southend.
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