Cricket: Woodford Wells captain Jonny Gaffney admits pressure is rising in Essex Division One ahead of hosting Buckhurst Hill

PUBLISHED: 14:00 21 July 2017

Dark clouds over the ground at Woodford Wells (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Dark clouds over the ground at Woodford Wells (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Wells currently fourth, just 13 points behind top two, but only 19 clear of relegation zone

Woodford Wells skipper Jonny Gaffney admits the pressure is increasing with every passing week in Essex Division One ahead of hosting Buckhurst Hill on Saturday.

After 10 games, fourth-placed Wells are just 13 points adrift of Billericay, who currently occupy second.

However, Gaffney’s men also hold just a 19-point cushion over the division’s bottom two.

Saturday sees Wells face the team directly above them, with Buckhurst Hill three points better off.

But Gaffney knows that regardless of who the opposition is, the compact nature of the division makes it vitally important to pick up wins on a regular basis.

“It’s the closest league I’ve ever been involved in and one result either way can change everything,” said Gaffney.

“The difference between winning and taking 20 points, or losing and taking at most seven including bonus points really puts pressure on all teams going forward.

“Over the course of the rest of the season, if you win three or less, you’re probably looking at a relegation battle, but if you win five or more, you’re in the race for promotion.

“It’s all about fine margins in this league and the pressure goes up with every game because it’s not just one or two clubs that are around you in the table, it’s every club.”

Last weekend, Wells recorded a quick-fire seven-wicket win at Harlow in a match that saw less than 50 overs played.

After bowling Harlow out for just 108, Wells were able to pull of the chase inside 18 overs.

Opener Tanveer Shah top scored with an unbeaten 61, his third half-century in his last four league innings.

And Gaffney is pleased with the form that the Wells batsman is currently showing at such a key stage of the season.

“Tanveer is in good form and he’s got some important scores for us in the past few games,” he added.

“He has done well with his form in the last four weeks and is going past 50 regularly.

“Mitch McGee still looks in good nick for us too, so it all bodes well on the batting front.”

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