Ilford edged out, South Woodford slump

PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 July 2015

Nigel Jacobs in batting action for Ilford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Nigel Jacobs in batting action for Ilford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Relegation rivals lose again

Ilford slipped to the bottom of the Essex League Premier Division table after defeat in a remarkable, high-scoring encounter with Loughton.

The home side won the toss and chose to bat, but Reece Williams struck with the new ball and Aron Nijjar nabbed a second wicket with the score on 49.

Mahmad Ali Khail put on 126 for the third wicket with Rishi Patel, who hit 111 from 90 balls including three sixes and 12 fours.

Patel’s onslaught was ended by Theeban Tavarasa, but Bilal Butt hit 64 off 46 balls to lead Loughton to 303-4 from their 50 overs.

Ilford lost Hendro Puchert to the fifth ball of their reply, without a run on the board, and Saf Imtiaz followed soon after.

But Nijjar put on 96 for the third wicket with Nigel Jacobs, hitting a six and eight fours in his 51 from 57 deliveries.

Gurdeep Kandola and Gagan Bhogal gave Jacobs brief support, before Haaris Ayub helped add 77 for the sixth wicket.

Jacobs fell for 123, from 130 balls, after hitting a six and 13 fours to leave Ilford 30 runs short of their target and Ayub was left stranded on 42 not out as Ilford closed on 300-9.

South Woodford remain just outside the drop zone after falling to a 100-run defeat at table-topping Chelmsford.

The home side had contributions from several of their batsmen as they reached 235-8 at Chelmer Park, with Harry Shirt (2-45) and Kris Vadher (2-54) nabbing braces.

South Woodford lost Dane Watson to a duck, though, and Harry Neicho followed for single figures.

James Swah hit 36 off 38 balls, including a six and six fours, but Max Shirt (31) was the only other visiting batsman to make much impact as South Woodford were dismissed for 135 in 32 overs.

Anthony Hill (3-38) and Karamat Ali (4-25) did most of the damage with the ball for Chelmsford.

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