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Essex League Division One: Woodford Wells captain Jon Gaffney full of praise for Belhus opener Joe Joyce

PUBLISHED: 18:00 08 August 2017

Woodford Wells skipper Jonny Gaffney in bowling action (pic: Graham Hodges)

Woodford Wells skipper Jonny Gaffney in bowling action (pic: Graham Hodges)

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Monkhams Lane club suffered a five-wicket home defeat after opposition opener struck an unbeaten century

Woodford Wells captain Jon Gaffney paid tribute to Belhus opener Joe Joyce after Saturday’s Essex League Division One encounter.

The Monkhams Lane club lost by five wickets with only 10 balls left after the away side successfully chased down a score of 242-8.

Joyce carried his bat and scored an unbeaten 114, which drew the acclaim of Wells skipper Gaffney.

He said: “We got beat by a very good player in Joe and he batted exceptionally well on the day.

“I thought our batting was okay even though we had four or five players get in and not kick on, so maybe that cost us a bit.

“But bowling wise we were good and Joe was just outstanding and didn’t give a chance away throughout.

“He was ably supported by their number five (Ryan Wells) who got 60 and they got a partnership going, so we got beat by a good team at the end of the day.”

As Gaffney alluded too, Wells could have perhaps scored more than 242 had one of their batters kicked on.

Ed Buxton top scored with 47 while Mitch McGee (40), Chris Hall (43) and the skipper (39) all got starts.

But nobody was able to pass fifty and it made sure Belhus always had a chance of chasing it down.

Gaffney added: “If one of our batsmen had gone on and hit a hundred then the game might have been different.

“We either got ourselves out or they bowled well, but we could have got a really big score on Saturday.

“I think 260 to 280 was par on that wicket and the fact we were 20 or 30 runs short showed up in the end.”

The Wells skipper did praise the performance of Hall, who impressed with the bat for a second week in a row.

Against Orsett, the previous Saturday, the bowler hit 31 batting at 10 and has looked in good nick of late.

With only five more games remaining and just 20 points separating Wells in seventh and Buckhurst Hill in second – the final promotion spot – Gaffney wants to see some big scores in the coming weeks.

He said: “One of the batters needs to put their hand up. Chris is a bowler mainly, but he nearly scored 50 against Belhus on Saturday.

“The weekend before that he contributed 30-odd, so he is stepping up when he is only expected to get a couple.

“We have five important games left to decide whether we could be playing in the Premier next season or in Division Two, so it is all to play for.”

Wells visit local rivals South Woodford this weekend with just six points separating the teams.


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