Essex League: South Woodford see off Harlow

PUBLISHED: 16:30 27 May 2018

Henry Blackwell hits out (pic Graham Hodges)

Henry Blackwell hits out (pic Graham Hodges)


South Woodford claimed a five-wicket win over Harlow in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Two, after a bit of a scare.

Brad Copper (pic Graham Hodges)Brad Copper (pic Graham Hodges)

Joe Craddock put the hosts into bat after winning the toss and saw Harry Shirt (3-22) and Saihaj Jaspal (2-29) reduce them to 28-5.

Bradley Copper (3-45), Indika Wickramaratne and Michael Harris also had success with the ball as Harlow’s lower order gave opener Surath Bastola (37) support to lift the total to 140 in the 43rd over.

But South Woodford’s Henry Blackwell (22) and Copper (27) put on 43 for the first wicket in reply, before the visitors slumped to 58-5 to set the nerves jangling.

An unbroken 83-run stand between Harry Neicho (44 not out) and Harris (32 not out) saw them to their target without further loss, though, to ensure a 20-point haul.

Neicho hit six fours during his 56-ball innings, while Harris struck a six and three fours in his 36-ball cameo.

Loughton were also celebrating after an 82-run win at Leigh.

Vibhor Yadav hit a six and 10 fours in his unbeaten 101 from 120 balls and put on 194 for the third wicket with Luke Parker, after openers Umar Choudhry and Bilaal Anwar (28) were both dismissed with the score on 37.

Parker hit 13 fours in his 117-ball innings as Loughton reached 248-4 declared in 48 overs, with Leigh losing wickets at regular intervals in reply.

Bilal Butt (4-13) was the pick of Loughton’s bowling in a tight 11-over spell, while Andrew Bridges (3-48), Yadav (2-37) and Nasir also had success with the ball.

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