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Neicho return lifts South Woodford

PUBLISHED: 12:30 06 July 2015

South Woodford players celebrate a wicket against Loughton (pic: Graham Hodges)

South Woodford players celebrate a wicket against Loughton (pic: Graham Hodges)

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Ilford remain bottom after latest loss

Garry Neicho helped South Woodford to a comfortable win over Essex League Premier Division rivals Loughton on his return from injury.

Veteran slow left-armer Neicho had not played for the first team since mid-May but struck early with the new ball after captain Harry Shirt won the toss and put the visitors into bat.

Neicho nabbed a second scalp, before Shirt (2-18) got in on the act with a quickfire brace to leave Loughton 34-4.

And Neicho (3-28) completed a fine 10-over spell by removing Bilal Butt to make it 50-5, before change bowlers Krishan Vader (3-17) and Jordan Price (2-9) combined to mop up and dismiss Loughton for just 72.

Husnan Kazmi dismissed Harry Neicho and Michael Browne from successive balls to leave South Woodford 1-2 in reply and James Swash fell with the score on 12 to set nerves jangling.

But New Zealander Dane Watson held firm at the top of the order, hitting seven boundaries in an unbeaten 35, and had support from Joe Craddock (22 not out) as the home side reached their small target inside 17 overs without further alarm to climb out of the relegation places.

Ilford remain rooted to the bottom of the table, 20 points adrift, after losing to Buckhurst Hill in a feast of runs at Valentines Park.

Nigel Jacobs dominated a 224-run opening stand with Hendro Puchert, hitting two sixes and 12 fours in his 118, from 135 balls.

But Puchert followed soon after for 83 and Ilford closed on 280-3.

Shahzad Hafeez struck early with the ball in Buckhurst Hill’s reply to reduce the visitors to 36-2, but Alex Maskell (89) and Willem Scholtz put on 126 for the third wicket to get them back on track.

Both fell to Mukesh Bhatt before Puchert and Theeban Tavarasa grabbed a wicket apiece to leave Hill 211-6.

Bhatt (3-56) struck again to leave Ilford on top, but visiting skipper Jamie Allen held firm and saw his side home to a three-wicket win with four balls to spare, finishing unbeaten on 67.


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