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Cricket: Stand-in captain Hassan Chowdhury happy to see Wanstead increase Essex Premier Division lead with win over Upminster

PUBLISHED: 11:00 04 July 2017

Openers Hassan Chowdhury (left) and Arfan Akram both scored centuries as Wanstead beat Upminster in the Essex Premier Division (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Openers Hassan Chowdhury (left) and Arfan Akram both scored centuries as Wanstead beat Upminster in the Essex Premier Division (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Herons beat Upminster by 134 runs at Overton Drive

Stand-in captain Hassan Chowdhury has urged Wanstead not to ease up in the Essex Premier Division after increasing their lead at the top of the table with a 134-run win at home to Upminster.

After winning the toss, the Herons batted first and closed on 315-5, with Chowdhury (101), Arfan Akram (109) and Feroze Khushi (60) all impressing.

Kishen Velani then took 5-30 with the ball as the hosts bowled Upminster out for 181 in reply to secure the win for Wanstead.

And coupled with a defeat for title rivals Chelmsford, the Overton Drive club were able to strengthen their grip at the top of the table.

“We’re in a very good position now being 24 points clear at the top of the table,” said Chowdhury, who stood in as skipper for the win over Upminster with regular captain Joe Ellis-Grewal away.

“When we look back on our only two losses in the league so far this season, we still feel we should have beaten Chelmsford.

“We’ve been a bit lucky the last couple of weeks with other results going our way, but now the only thing we can do win our own games.”


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