Essex League: South Woodford slide towards drop

PUBLISHED: 16:00 03 September 2017

Harry Shirt of South Woodford (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Harry Shirt of South Woodford (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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South Woodford are in danger of a second successive relegation following Division One defeat at Belhus.

Captain Joe Craddock put the hosts into bat after winning the toss and saw Garry Neicho strike with the third ball of the match.

Belhus recovered to reach 140-3 thanks to Joe Joyce (75), Ryan Wells (40) and Danny Joyce (25), but then collapsed to 164 all out.

Harry Shirt (4-42) and Bradley Copper (4-42) did most of the damage for South Woodford, who were soon in trouble at 13-2 in reply.

Kasey Harris and Copper (23) put on 31 for the third wicket, but that was the best the visitors could manage as wickets fell at regular intervals.

Jamie Carroll, Shirt, Michael McIlvride and last man Neicho all got into double figures, but South Woodford were dismissed for 104 in the 44th over as Joe Joyce (4-32) and Matt Doran (4-34) combined for the hosts.

Defeat leaves South Woodford 16 points adrift of safety with one game remaining at home to bottom club Harlow.

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