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Essex League Division One: Jon Gaffney backing Woodford Wells batsman Tanveer Shah to impress against Benfleet again

PUBLISHED: 11:00 04 May 2018

Jon Gaffney in bowling action for Woodford Wells (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Jon Gaffney in bowling action for Woodford Wells (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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The Monkhams Lane club saw their Essex League Cup clash with Benfleet abandoned last weekend with Tanveer Shah going well

Woodford Wells captain Jon Gaffney is hoping opening batsman Tanveer Shah can hit form again this weekend during the club’s Essex League Cup first round match with Benfleet.

The two teams did battle last Saturday at Monkhams Lane, but the rain arrived and saw proceedings come to a halt.

Wells were 98-2 at the time with Shah on 44 not out and closing in on an opening half century of the season.

But the wet weather prevented him from reaching his milestone, although he will look to pick up where he left off on Saturday when the abandoned cup clash is replayed at Woodford.

Gaffney said: “Tanveer is going to be really important for us this year, so it was good for him to get some runs early doors.

“Hopefully he can keep it up and get some more on Saturday, which would be ideal because I know our availability isn’t the greatest for this weekend.

“I am sure every club is the same at this early stage of the season and availability is a bit hit and miss, but I’m hoping Tanveer can do well again.”

Gaffney wasn’t actually around last weekend for the original first round match and so Gareth James skippered Wells in his place.

The usual captain joked the team was probably stronger without him around and he also revealed he learnt something new after the abandonment.

“It was a bit of a shame really to see it rained off because we had quite a strong team out on Saturday and probably made better by the fact I wasn’t there,” laughed Gaffney.

“Everywhere was washed out by the looks of it and I was surprised afterwards actually because I thought the cup games had to be played on the day, so I didn’t expect them to be put back to this weekend, but there you go.”


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