Cricket: Woodford Wells survive after beating Buckhurst Hill

PUBLISHED: 18:57 08 September 2018 | UPDATED: 18:57 08 September 2018

A cricket helmet and gloves lie beyond the boundary (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

A cricket helmet and gloves lie beyond the boundary (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Woodford Wells avoided relegation from Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One after beating leaders Buckhurst Hill on the last day of the season.

The hosts chose to bat first and saw Hendro Puchert (29) and Ryan Karunakaran put on 41, before both fell without addition to the total.

Captain Jamie Allen hit an unbeaten 60, with nine fours, and put on an unbroken 160 with Ricky Reynolds, who struck 10 fours in his unbeaten 85 off 102 balls as Buckhurst Hill declared on 201-2 after 42 overs.

Wells lost wickets at regular intervals in reply, but Nabel Shaikh hittinng 51 off 70 balls with nine fours before he was fifth man out with the total on 125.

After captain Jonathan Gaffney was trapped lbw by Rohan Bhome (4-51), Gareth James (59 not out) and Rory Ellison shared an unbroken 57 for the seventh wicket to secure victory in the 43rd over, as Wells finished 18 points clear of the bottom two.

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