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Essex League Division One: Jon Gaffney impressed with Woodford Wells’ winter recruit Hywel Jones in Belhus abandonment

PUBLISHED: 14:00 15 May 2018

Jon Gaffney in bowling action for Woodford Wells during the 2017 season (pic: Graham Hodges).

Jon Gaffney in bowling action for Woodford Wells during the 2017 season (pic: Graham Hodges).

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The Monkhams Lane club saw their league opener at home to Belhus called off after only 16 overs of batting action on Saturday

Jon Gaffney and Woodford Wells were frustrated by the weather on Saturday, but there was one big positive to come out of their abandoned Essex League Division One opener against Belhus.

Winter recruit Hywel Jones impressed during the 16 overs of play which took place at Monkhams Lane.

The former Steyning batsman ended up unbeaten on 42 off 49 balls as Wells innings came to a close on 70-3 when the rain made the outfield too wet and the match was abandoned.

Gaffney said: “He looked very good and played a couple of great shots and if that is the standard to come, then we have high hopes he will do a fine job for us this season.

“It was nice to see him get into form quickly and he looked fairly comfortable as well which is pleasing to see.

“He wasn’t shaky at all during his 42, he looked assured and hopefully he can use it as a platform to kick on.

“It would be nice for him to play in a game which actually finishes because he has played two and both have been abandoned!”

The other match Jones started for Wells was the Essex League Cup first round tie with Benfleet which was originally called off on April 28, again due to bad weather.

Woodford did manage to play the fixture a week later and win comfortably by 60 runs after dismissing the visitors for 199 having posted 259-9 from their 50 overs with the captain leading from the front and top scoring with a superb 119.

It boosted Wells’ confidence going into the league opener on Saturday, but once the wet weather arrived there was little anyone could do.

“We got through 16 overs, but it started raining after about 10 and the umpires played out for as long as they could,” said Gaffney, when reflecting on their abandonment with Belhus.

“It did get to the point where it was too wet and they pulled us off and it was one of those frustrating scenarios where it wasn’t raining hard, but it was drizzling and once we were off we couldn’t go back on with rain still falling.”


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