Ilford down Wanstead in derby

PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 July 2015

Neville Jacobs hit a half-century for Ilford against Wanstead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Neville Jacobs hit a half-century for Ilford against Wanstead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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South Woodford celebrate superb success

Mohammed Fayyaz Khan took five wickets for Wanstead against Ilford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Mohammed Fayyaz Khan took five wickets for Wanstead against Ilford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Ilford turned the Essex League Premier Division table on its head and earned the local bragging rights with victory over Wanstead at Valentines Park.

Half-centuries from Hendro Puchert and Neville Jacobs helped the home side reach 181, despite a five-wicket haul from Mohammed Fayyaz Khan.

And Mukesh Bhatt and Theeban Tavarasa shared seven wickets as title-chasing Wanstead were dismissed for 134 in reply.

Victory saw Ilford pull to within three points of safety, while defeat left Wanstead 22 points adrift of leaders Chelmsford with six matches to play.

Wanstead captain Joe Ellis-Grewal put Ilford into bat after winning the toss and saw Zain Shahzad (2-24), Mohammad Ali Syed Zaidi and Fayyaz Khan strike early blows with the new ball to leave the hosts 66-5.

Puchert (56) and Jacobs (52) led an Ilford fightback, with Akash Raji (20) also chipping in down the order to lift the total to 181, as Khan finished with 5-46.

But Wanstead got off to a solid start in reply as Arfan Akram and Shahzad both scored 24 in a 51-run opening stand.

The openers fell in quick succession, though, and Hassan Chowdhury followed cheaply to leave the visitors 64-3.

Feroze Khushi dug in to score 28 off 72 balls, but wickets continued to fall at regular intervals as Bhatt (4-24) and Tavarasa (3-23) combined well.

And Khushi was last man out, falling to Shaz Hafeez, as Ilford claimed a memorable 47-run victory.

*South Woodford gave their survival hopes a shot in the arm with a fine win over Colchester.

Dane Watson (71) and James Swash (78) put on 147 for the second wicket, with Kris Vadher hitting an unbeaten 37 off 27 balls and Richard Browne 27 off 17 to help lift the total to 280-5.

Captain Harry Shirt removed the dangerous Jack Hebron cheaply in reply, with slow left-armer Garry Neicho (3-26) picking up three wickets at the other end to leave Colchester 71-4.

Dane Watson (2-19) dismissed the dangerous Harry Bush and Jordan Price ran out visiting captain Andrew Kennedy to make it 93-6.

And Browne (2-31) nabbed a brace to help wrap up a 125-run victory that leaves South Woodford four points above the relegation zone.

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