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Chowdhury inspires Wanstead win over Essex League Premier Division rivals Ilford

PUBLISHED: 09:39 31 July 2016 | UPDATED: 09:39 31 July 2016

Hassan Chowdhury top scored for Wanstead in their semi-final win (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hassan Chowdhury top scored for Wanstead in their semi-final win (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Title-chasing Herons maintain hold on top spot

Feroze Kushi of Wanstead in batting action (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Feroze Kushi of Wanstead in batting action (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Wanstead’s Hassan Chowdhury hit a superb hundred and shared a double-century stand with Feroze Khushi to inspire the Essex League Premier Division leaders to derby success over Ilford at Overton Drive.

Set a target of 261 by their close rivals, Herons saw Chowdhury hit an unbeaten 155, from 123 balls, and Khushi finish on 89 not out as they secured a nine-wicket win with five overs to spare.

Ilford captain Shaz Hafeez chose to bat after winning the toss and saw Nigel Jacobs (33) put on 82 with Muhammad for the first wicket, before succumbing to Aron Nijjar.

Kishen Velani dismissed Muhammad two runs short of his half-century, but Mohammed Ahktar (30) put on 60 with Abid Ali until falling to Khushi.

Aron Nijjar impressed with the ball for Wanstead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Aron Nijjar impressed with the ball for Wanstead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Essex youngster Khushi (2-40) also accounted for Ali, who hit seven fours in his 50-ball 52, before Nijjar (3-43) struck more in quick succession to leave his former club 238-6 with five overs remaining.

Lesbourne Edwards removed Hafeez cheaply, before Herons captain Joe Ellis-Grewal ended Saf Imtiaz’s innings on 58, having hit a six and five fours in an entertaining 47-ball stay at the crease.

Edwards (3-57) mopped up the tail as Ilford were all out for 260 with an over to spare, before Arfan Akram put on 62 in 10 overs for the first Wanstead wicket with Hassan Chowdhury.

And Chowdhury then had superb support from Khushi as the duo made the Ilford bowlers toil in an outstanding second-wicket partnership.

Ilford's Mohammed Ahktar (pic: TGSPHOTO)Ilford's Mohammed Ahktar (pic: TGSPHOTO)

Chowdhury hit eight sixes and 12 fours in his 163-minute innings, while Khushi struck three maximums and four fours in his 107-ball innings as they put on an unbroken 201 to maintain Wanstead’s hold on top spot in their 150th anniversary season.

With 10 wins from 13 matches to date, Wanstead hold a 27-point lead over nearest rivals Hornchurch as the season draws towards an exciting climax.


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