Cricket: Ilford survive despite losing to Wanstead

PUBLISHED: 18:34 08 September 2018 | UPDATED: 18:34 08 September 2018

Arfan Akram in batting action for Wanstead (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Arfan Akram in batting action for Wanstead (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Ilford avoided relegation from the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division despite a closing-day derby defeat at Wanstead.

Put into bat by the hosts at Overton Drive, they lost Nigel Jaocbs and Harsh Kumar cheaply to Jack Lord (2-42).

Akash Raji (49) and Saf Imtiaz put on 55 for the third wicket, before Jonathan Das made the breakthrough, with Bilal Patel dismissing Imtiaz for 66.

Jahanshar Akbar (2-41) got in on the act, dismissing Mohammad Ahktar (32) and Haaris Ayub, before Das (2-61) struck again and Herons captain Joe Ellis-Grewal (3-17) mopped up as Ilford were dismissed for 240 in the 62nd over.

Robin Das (23) put on 73 in reply with Arfan Akram, with Patel (20) also making a start.

Feroze Khushi (26) added further support, with Ellis-Grewal adding a cameo 29 off just 18 balls.

Akram finished unbeaten on 119 from 126 balls, hitting two sixes and 16 fours as Wanstead won by six wickets in the 43rd over.

Kumar (2-39) claimed a brace for Ilford, who avoided the drop as Shenfield lost to Chingford to go down with Southend.

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