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Prowting leads first to victory
3:08pm Thursday 22nd August 2013 in Local Sport
WITH five wins from six games, it was a positive weekend for Chelmsford Cricket Club.
The week had seen hard work from captains and David Goddard to raise sides with holidays, celebration matches and the V Festival wreaking havoc with availability.
Those efforts were rewarded as the first four sides on Saturday and the Sunday side won, although the fifths suffered the most and were heavily beaten.
Nick Prowting was in fine form for the firsts and his unbeaten 75 led them to an eight-wicket win.
Early wickets for Aaron Beard (2-39) and Mark Drain (3-17) had Buckhurst Hill in trouble at 17 for four.
Buxton (82) did well to get the total up to 178 with Nisarg Patel (3-36) also claiming three wickets.
Prowting made light work of that target with Dan Hagen (68) also contributing a half century.
Chelmsford’s problems were rather put into context by Hornchurch.
Their second team turned up with eight players and despite the efforts of Anas (43*) they lost their seven wickets for 90; Paul Jones taking four wickets and Matt Poole two.
David Thrift and Nick Bailey knocked the runs off without loss for a very early finish, although not as early as it would have been if one of Hornchurch’s team had not insisted on going off for tea with a dozen needed to win.
A fantastic partnership between Tom Iliffe and Jack Moss enabled the third team to beat high-flying Ilford.
Given the teams the other winners played against were in the relegation zone, this victory was the most impressive of the day.
Keith Goodman took four wickets and Vit Sapaetharan three in Ilford’s 200 for nine with number 10 Aziz contributing an unbeaten half century.
After two early wickets, Iliffe and Moss steadied things and then prospered with Iliffe showing all his skill and experience on the way to a century. Moss saw things through to finish 83 not out.
David Goddard and Neal Abhyankar were the leading performers as the fourth team won at Hadleigh & Thundersley.
Ken Jones picked up three early wickets although Hadleigh’s batsmen played in positive style and kept the scoring rate high.
Abhyankar was hit for a number of boundaries but always came back well and picked up wickets regularly, taking five for 41 as the innings closed at 130.
David Goddard made a stylish half century and John Hayto guided the team to a six-wicket win.
It was not a good day for the fifths as they continued Chelmsford’s miserable run against Wanstead.
Only Tahir Khan and Jamie Matthews reached double figures as Chelmsford were shot out for 81.
Aman Ali followed up his four for 18 with an undefeated 33 as Wanstead achieved the target without loss.
Chelmsford have only won one from eight in games against Wanstead this season with six defeats.
The best win of the weekend was for the Sunday firsts who kept hopes of a League title alive.
Nisarg Patel’s all round skills were very much in evidence with 71 and three wickets.
Chris Prowting (83), Vit Sapaetharan (44) and Rob Hayto (3-38) also turned in fine performances as a strong Waltham side came up 34 runs short despite a murderous 85 from Arshad Ali. They will need a resounding win against South Woodford in the last match of the season to claim the title.
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