Essex Division One: Fives & Heronians shock Harold Wood; Upminster, Woodford Wells win
PUBLISHED: 11:00 25 July 2016
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A round-up of the action from Essex Division One
Fives & Heronians recorded a surprise 60-run success at home to Essex Division One promotion hopefuls Harold Wood thanks to a majestic century from Fahad Iqbal.
Having won the toss, the hosts elected to bat with Iqbal smashing 122, while there were important knocks from Terry Ballard (79) and Greg Summers (51) as they closed on 342-5, with Shahbaz Khan and Maruf Chowdhury both nabbing braces for Wood.
Both Raihan Hussain (82) and Khan (76) made big scores for the visitors in reply, but they were bowled out for 282 as they fell short of Fives’ mammoth total.
Rahul Bhome led the charge with the ball for the hosts, taking 3-27.
Fives’ win gives them renewed hope of avoiding relegation to Division Two, while for Wood it is not all bad news as their rivals for second place all lost.
With defeats for those directly below them, Upminster were able to extend their lead at the top of the standings with a 55-run win at home to Southend.
The hosts elected to bat first, but somewhat struggled in favourable conditions, being bowled out for 181 with only Julian Whetstone (48) making a telling contribution.
But the visitors struggled more with the bat as John Curtis took 3-14 to help bowl Southend out for a paltry 126 and hand Upminster an important win in the race for the title.
Woodford Wells may have just entered the race to go up after a six-wicket win over promotion hopefuls Orsett saw the Monkhams Lane club close to within 14 points of second place.
The hosts were put into the field after losing the toss, but 3-42 from Nabel Shaikh helped bowl the visitors out for 213.
Jonathan Gaffney then top scored with 52 in reply for Wells, who cruised home with more than six overs remaining in their innings.
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