Cricket: Wanstead lead local win parade in Essex League Cup

PUBLISHED: 14:00 06 May 2018

Hassan Chowdhury in batting action for Wanstead (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hassan Chowdhury in batting action for Wanstead (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Wanstead eased into the next round of the Essex League Cup with an eight-wicket win at Old Southendian.

And there were wins for Woodford Wells, Hainault & Clayhall, Fives & Heronians and South Woodford on a good day for local clubs.

Having squeezed through their first-round tie with Gidea Park & Romford by one run on the Duckworth Lewis method, the Herons skittled the seasiders for just 79 inside 22 overs.

Suminda Balage Don (4-14) was the pick of the attack, as Jack Lord (2-15), Zain Shahzad (2-25) and captain Joe Ellis-Grewal (2-25) nabbed braces.

Wanstead lost Arfan Akram for a duck and Ellis-Grewal also succumbed, but Hassan Chowdhury’s unbeaten 42 from 40 balls, including two sixes and five fours, carried them home in just 12 overs.

Herons start their Premier Division campaign with a trip to champions Chelmsford next weekend.

Wells secured their progress with a 60-run win over Benfleet and captain Jonathan Gaffney led from the front with 119 from 129 deliveries as they reached 259-9 at Monkhams Lane.

Gareth James (34) chipped in with the bat, before Christopher Hall (4-42), James (2-23) and Tanveer Shah (2-49) combined with the ball.

Division One rivals Hainault proved too strong for Buckhurst Hill, making 230-8 and dismissing the visitors for 155 in 35 overs.

And Fives came through their tie with Wickford, who were dimissed for 206 at The Paddock.

Usman Jan (3-31), Jake Poulter (2-41) and Insha Khan (2-61) had most success with the ball for Fives, who saw opener Pete Kilpatrick score an unbeaten 61 and steer them to a five-wicket success.

Kilpatrick put on 57 for the fourth wicket with Terry Ballard (44) and shared 73 with Ian Rotsey (37) as Fives reached their target with 13.4 overs to spare.

Division Two rivals South Woodford were celebrating after a convincing win over Harlow Town.

Captain Joe Craddock (114) and Saihaj Jaspal (79) did most of the damage with the bat in their 301, boosted by 47 wides in a total of 66 extras.

Suraj Chauhan (6-28) shone with the ball for Town, but Bradley Copper (4-30) and Jaspal (4-39) combined to dismiss them for 184 in the 38th over in reply.

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