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Essex League Cup: Woodford Wells captain Jon Gaffney overjoyed to see team get past South Woodford and reach quarter-finals

PUBLISHED: 17:00 12 June 2018

Woodford Wells in the field against South Woodford during Sunday's Essex League Cup second round tie (pic: George Sessions).

Woodford Wells in the field against South Woodford during Sunday's Essex League Cup second round tie (pic: George Sessions).

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The Monkhams Lane skipper hailed the batting display of Tanveer Shah at Highfield Road and talked up the importance of Nigel Holmes

Woodford Wells bowler Nigel Holmes celebrates picking up a wicket (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).Woodford Wells bowler Nigel Holmes celebrates picking up a wicket (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Jon Gaffney was thrilled to see Woodford Wells come out on top against South Woodford on Sunday in the second round of the Essex League Cup.

Tanveer Shah struck a blistering 133 off only 95 balls and received good support from Joe Johnson (79) and Hugo Blogg (50) as the Division One outfit posted 360-7 off 50 overs at Highfield Road.

It proved too many runs for the hosts South Woodford in the end, though they put up a good fight and had a centurion of their own in the shape of Henry Blackwell, who carried his bat for an unbeaten 112.

Shah impressed with the ball to take 2-58 while Gareth James (2-49) and Nigel Holmes (3-39) caught the eye to help dismiss the Division Two side for 278 in the 44th over.

Gaffney said: “We’re into the quarter-finals now, so it was a really decent result with a lot of runs on the board.

“Tanveer won us the game with the start getting a hundred and he bowled really well with the ball too. We did give away too many extras at the start, but other than that it was a good day.”

It seems Shah is hitting a purple patch this month as the Wells batsmen hit 101 not out away to Hainault & Clayhall on June 2.

“We’ll take 360 next week,” said Gaffney in reference to the fact the Essex League will now switch format from all-day cricket to 50-over matches. “It was a good result and hopefully it can go well again next weekend at Colchester and East Essex.

“I think that is two hundreds in three games for Tanveer now, so he is hitting form at the right time ahead of the 50-over stuff and we hope things will continue to go well for us.”

Although Shah took a lot of the plaudits on Sunday, it was veteran bowler Holmes who also delivered consistently.

He claimed three wickets against South Woodford despite having to leave the field due to a nasty gash to his Achilles.

But Holmes was able to return and pick up more scalps after also taking three wickets on Saturday during the home win over Orsett & Thurrock.

The away side were restricted to 215-8 off 50 overs and Wells got home in the 42nd over with five wickets in hand after Johnson had hit 61 and been backed up by Hywel Jones (34) and Gareth James (38).

Gaffney added: “Nigel bowled really well on Saturday and took a knock off the sightscreen at South Woodford and cut his Achilles.

“Hopefully he will be alright ahead of Colchester as he did a really important job for us both on Saturday and Sunday. He is massively important to us.”

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