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Burnham Sports battle for victory
4:44pm Thursday 9th August 2012 in Sport
BATTLING Burnham Sports overcame a couple of scares to beat Writtle by 73 runs in their T Rippon Mid-Essex League division one clash.
Put into bat on a damp pitch, Sports looked in bother at 118 for seven before posting a creditable 169 for eight from their allotted 45 overs.
Then, Writtle raced to 63 for one before collapsing to 96 all out.
Victory moved Sports back up to fourth in the table but, with only four league fixtures left and the top trio boasting a healthy cushion, promotion looks beyond them.
Sports were indebted to Rob Layzell and Tom Silvester for their winning tally.
The eighth-wicket pair came together with their team in trouble but added a crucial 39.
Layzell, despite being troubled by a back problem, hit a six and three fours on his way to making 27.
Silvester finished unbeaten on 20.
Earlier, Joel Whittaker had made a watchful 23, with Dominic Whittaker, his brother, chipping in with 19.
After tea, big-hitting Dyas threatened to take the game away from Sports in double-quick time.
However, when Robin Whittaker nipped one back and bowled him for 41 in the tenth over, the balance swiftly shifted.
Robin, enjoying his best season, finished with three for 24 from nine fine overs.
Joel followed up his batting exploits by taking three for 30, while Ali Allchin bounced back from an indifferent start to claim four for 37.