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Action from Stanford and Horndon CC
10:28am Thursday 5th September 2013 in Sport
CRICKET: IN Shepherd Neame Division One, Orsett dropped into the relegation zone ahead of the final day following a four-wicket defeat at Ardleigh Green.
Orsett won the toss at Central Park and decided to bat, racking up a tally of 180 after their batsmen failed to spark.
The best top order contributions come from George Pavitt (24) and Mohammed Ahktar (38), but it was clear that Orsett would have to produce something special with the ball to defeat their rivals. And although George Gibbons,
Shahid Khan and Stephen King captured six wickets between them, Ardleigh Green overhauled the Orsett total with the loss of just six wickets. In Division Two, Southend & EMT found themselves on the verge of winning promotion after they beat Stanford le Hope by four wickets at Southchurch Park.
The victory put Southend 20 points clear of third-placed Billericay with just one game left to go.
Stanford batted first and were bowled out for 152.
Martin Leslie top-scored with 45 while Kazi Hasibul Hoq was the pick of Southend’s bowlers, taking four wickets for just eight runs in seven overs.
Hoq then also impressed with the bat, scoring a fine half century as Southend made it home for the loss of six wickets.
Billericay are also in contention for promotion after beating high-flying Horndon-on-the-Hill by 205 runs.
Billericay made 300 in their innings with David Southgate scoring 65, David Hinnigan 65, Paul Southgate 64, Paul Waller 48 and Gary Hynes 29 off just 13 balls.
Hynes then took five wickets with the ball to ensure Billericay moved up to third in the table.
In Division Three Pegasus & Corringham captain Paul Bennett admitted his side’s 19-run win over Woodford Green was too close for comfort.
Ben Francis (72), Robert Hutch-erson (43no) and Martin Sayer (27) added substance to the innings after a shaky start and Callum Brady added an unbeaten 28 at the end to get Pegs to 223-5.
Brady then took 4-46 and Ian Turnbull 2-20 as Green eventually reached 204-9. Hamaad Sayyed (62) and Sean Martin (62) offered most resistance.
“It was far too close,” said Bennett. “We did not get off to a good start but Ben and Martin got into a good position to kick on and then Rob got 43.
“We got off to a good start bowling, but their number three and five did not give us a chance and were cruising. “They were 182-3 but then we got a run out and that completely changed the game. Hutch took a couple of fantastic catches and Callum bowled really well,” he added.
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