Johnson: Success marred by Southend result

PUBLISHED: 15:00 14 July 2015

Will Rogers of Woodford Wells finished unbeaten on 37 (pic: Ray Lawrence/TGSPHOTO)

Will Rogers of Woodford Wells finished unbeaten on 37 (pic: Ray Lawrence/TGSPHOTO)

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Mixed emotions for Wells captain after Hadleigh triumph

Joe Johnson was pleased Woodford Wells returned to winning ways against Hadleigh but was disappointed they could not close the gap on their promotion rivals.

While Wells were busy putting Hadleigh to the sword in a six-wicket win, second-placed Southend were on route to a 57-run success at home to Upminster.

It was a set of results ensured the gap between the two teams remained at 40 points and Wells skipper Johnson admits it took the shine of his team’s victory.

“We were very pleased with the win but it was just a shame that Southend also won and we were unable to make up ground on them,” he said.

Hadleigh elected to bat at Monkhams Lane but were bowled out in the penultimate over for 228, thanks to the some brilliant bowling from the Wells attack.

Maurice Chambers (4-31) and Gareth James (3-44) caused the visiting batsmen problems throughout and Johnson was quick to praise the duo’s efforts, adding: “Maurice was great, not just with his bowling but also in the field, helping out some of the youngsters.

“His presence in the squad allows Gareth to come in in the middle overs and do damage. We take Maurice off, then put Gareth on - it certainly isn’t easy for the opposition.”

Wells cruised to victory in the end, reaching their target with more than 11 overs remaining in their reply for the loss of just four wickets.

Alex Sharp (63) and Brenton Thompson (67) both scored half centuries for the hosts with Johnson pleased by the prolific nature of the Wells batting line-up.

“Everyone in the team is delighted for Alex. He’s come up from the seconds and has done well this year without scoring big so it was good for him to get runs on the board.

“Brenton has been brilliant all year and was once again against Hadleigh. Will Rogers then came in at the end and was not out so it’s good to see the batting line-up performing well.”

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