Mixed emotions for Wanstead Cricket Club in Essex League Dukes T20 and T20 Foundation Cup
PUBLISHED: 11:30 14 July 2016 | UPDATED: 12:11 14 July 2016
T20 Foundation Cup: Wanstead 127-7 beat Loughton 100 a/o by 27 runs
Wanstead beat Loughton in the T20 Foundation Cup last night (Wednesday) after a fine batting display by Bilal Patel.
The Herons won the toss and decided to bat first on an outfield that had endured some heavy spells of rain just before the game.
Patel opened the innings and put on a strong partnership with number three Karan Singh at Overton Drive.
The hosts were going well on 75-1 off 12 overs before Loughton captain Adam Jackson brought himself on.
He finished with four wickets and conceded just 11 runs from his three overs as Patel departed for 42 and Singh was stumped for 25.
Wanstead still managed to get up to a competitive total of 127-7 off their 20 overs, although Loughton were ready to chase it down.
Opener Mo Khail settled quickly and struck 27, but the rest of his team mates couldn’t follow his lead.
Wanstead’s Faheem Aziz enjoyed plenty of success and claimed 4-21 from his 3.2 overs as the visitors were all out for 100 with four balls remaining.
Loughton showed a lot of good effort and willingness, but fell short as the Herons claimed a hard fought victory.
It went some way to making up for Wanstead’s loss at Shenfield on Tuesday in the quarter-finals of the Essex League Dukes T20 Cup.
Joe Ellis-Grewal’s men were made to bat first after he failed to win the toss and they were reduced to 12-3 with Arfan Akram, Hassan Chowdhury and Lesbourne Edwards all out cheaply.
Feroze Khushi (21), Adnan Akram (21) and Jonathan Das (22) all went about rebuilding the innings, which was reduced to 13 overs-a-side.
Ellis-Grewal chipped in with an unbeaten 17 off just 14 balls as Wanstead posted 118-8, which looked an extremely competitive score.
Aron Nijjar impressed for Herons, taking 2-18 off his three overs, but Haris Mahmood settled early on for Shenfield and was destructive.
The number four finished with 61 off just 26 balls having hit six fours and two sixes as the hosts managed to sneak home with just four balls remaining and seven wickets in hand.
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