Essex Premier Division: Wanstead beat South Woodford; Ilford lose at Brentwood
PUBLISHED: 09:00 25 July 2016
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A round-up of the action from the Essex Premier Division
Wanstead strengthened their grip on top spot in the Essex Premier Division with an eight-wicket success at local rivals South Woodford, who remain rooted to the bottom of the table.
The hosts won the toss and batted first, with openers Richard Browne and Joe Craddock putting on 63 for the first wicket before the latter departed for 29.
Browne would go on to top score in the innings for South Woodford with 48, while wicket-keeper Jamie Carroll made a quickfire 45 from 41 balls lower down the order before the Highfield Road club were dismissed for 217.
Wanstead skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal was impressive with the ball, finishing with 3-20, while Aron Nijjar (3-39) also helped the visitors restrict their hosts to a low total.
In reply, the Herons got off to the perfect start with Arfan Akram and Hassan Chowdhury putting on 119 for the first wicket.
Akram departed for 73, but Chowdhury was able to finish the innings unbeaten on 88 as Tom Cummins made 37 before losing his wicket.
There was much toil in the field for South Woodford, with only Krishan Vadher (1-23) and Bradley Copper (1-42) able to pick up wickets.
With a loss for title rivals Hornchurch, Wanstead were able to move further clear at the top, while for South Woodford, there is still hope that a late season rally will retain their place in the division.
Ilford continue to look over their shoulders in the league following a 60-run loss at Brentwood that keeps them involved in the relegation battle.
The hosts won the toss and saw opener Aaron West put on an impressive 87, while skipper Joe Buttleman and James Redwood both hit 59 as they closed on 311-5.
Mo Ahktar took 3-37 for Ilford, while there were also wickets for Theeban Tavarasa (3-37) on a tough day in the field for the visitors.
In reply, Nigel Jacobs opened with 54 for the Valentines Park club, but no one else was able to make a half century as they closed short of their target on 251-9.
Tom Oakley was the star bowler for Brentwood, ending the innings with figures of 3-35.
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