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Chelmsford end rivals' title hopes
1:51pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in Sport
FINE wins for the first team and a Barry Clayden-inspired fifth team were the high points of the weekend’s action for Chelmsford Cricket Club. Four wins and a draw in seven games mean it was a positive overall experience.
The thirds and Sunday team were the other winners, with the sixths having an exciting draw and the seconds and fourths losing.
An excellent performance with the ball and in the field helped the first team end Brentwood’s title hopes.
Jack Sterland (59) and Matt Thurston (46) seemed to have set Chelmsford up for a large score at 159 for three. The innings foundered though and ebbed away to 212 all out with Buttleman (3-32) the most successful bowler.
Inspired bowling from Ben Clifford (4–36) put Brentwood in trouble and they were unable to recover despite the efforts of James (44) and Levy (32).
Mark Drain claimed three wickets.
Brentwood gained some revenge by winning against the second team and fourth team.
In the second team match, Brentwood scored 200 for five with Sach (85) providing the backbone to the innings and Baldock (44) and Buttleman (40*) also making important contributions.
A good partnership between Nick Bailey (45) and Gary Chidley (34) gave Chelmsford a chance and Rob Hayto (55) kept them in the hunt, but Connor Whetstone (4-42) proved to be the match-winner.
Chelmsford’s fourth team were outplayed by Brentwood’s third team. Steve Pleasant (46) played well but Chelmsford could only score 170 with Sam Ali (4-36) doing some damage. A well put together innings of 84 from Walford guided Brentwood to a comfortable win despite a late wobble.
Bradley Green’s half century helped the thirds to a successful chase against Hutton. As usual, the spinners were Chelmsford’s main wicket-takers, with four from Keith Goodman and three from Tom Arnold in Hutton’s innings of 196 for nine.
Tredgett (76) played well for the visitors. Paul Keaney (41) and Green (66*) enabled Chelmsford to reach that target fairly comfortably, with 40 extras also serving them well.
A big partnership between Barry Clayden and Matt Davis set the fifth team up for a victory that guarantees promotion.
Playing against their nearest rivals, they lost a couple of wickets early on, but an unbeaten century from Clayden (102*) and 80 from Davis carried the score to 210 for four. Four wickets each from Alex Bailey and Adam Chantry helped to bowl Wickford out for 144, despite resistance from Curnick (59).
The closest game of the day was at North Weald and ended with honours even. Ed Cole (24) and Ben Turner (27) battled hard but it was a last wicket partnership of 44 between Callum Rudd and Colin Miller that allowed Chelmsford to post in excess of 150.
North Weald made an excellent start with Wistley (38) looking dangerous, but Chelmsford’s young bowling attack worked their way through the order with Rory Skepelhorn (3-23), Matt Cole (4-78) and Jack Campion (2-15) as wicket-takers.
At the close, both teams were potentially one ball from victory with North Weald five short with one wicket in hand.
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