Wells captain credits team for playing conditions best at Orsett

PUBLISHED: 17:00 14 August 2018

Gareth James of Woodford Wells in bowling action against Hainault & Clayhall (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Gareth James of Woodford Wells in bowling action against Hainault & Clayhall (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Jon Gaffney hailed the quality of Tanveer Shah’s innings and the knock by opposition batsman Mark Pavitt

Jon Gaffney was pleased to see Woodford Wells make the most of the conditions on Saturday in the Essex League Division One against Orsett & Thurrock.

The clash saw two relegation rivals do battle with the winners knowing they would take a big step towards safety.

Wells claimed the victory with a solid performance in a five-wicket success after they had restricted the home side to 199-8 off 50 overs.

Orsett could have been out for less with Gareth James (4-30) and George Ellis (2-27) running riot at the start of the hosts’ innings, but Gaffney was content nevertheless.

He said: “To have any side 19-5 is huge. I think we definitely had the better of conditions and if you look at the toss, winning it was massive.

“If you look throughout the Essex League on Saturday, almost every team who won the toss elected to field and for obvious reasons given the heavy rain on Friday.

“To have a side 19-5 was brilliant and it was because the bowlers executed their plans really well.

“It has to be said, it was somewhat disappointing to then be chasing 200, but the guy (Mark Pavitt) who got a hundred probably played one of the best innings I’ve seen. It was outstanding, especially to be under the level of pressure he was.

“He started off with one off around 30 balls and looked pretty ropey and then he was really outstanding.

“We didn’t bowl particularly well, but take nothing away from him because he got Orsett into a position where they could have won the game. A lot of credit has to go to him for hitting 110 not out.”

Although Wells were chasing more than they had hoped, they made it home despite a terrible start.

Nabel Shaikh, Joe Johnson and George Styles all went for single figures, but a classy hundred from Tanveer Shah put the visitors in control.

Shah eventually departed for 105, but 26 from Rehan Iqbal and 36 not out by James saw Wells home in the 46th over.

Gaffney added: “We performed well and it was a huge hundred from Tanveer. We have not had him for a few weeks because he has been struggling with an injury, but he come back into the side and hit the ground running straight away.

“It was a massive century for us and he put the innings together well and Gareth ably finished it off at the end.”

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