Cricket: Oakfield Parkonians, South Woodford miss chances to climb

PUBLISHED: 10:30 20 August 2018

Oakfield Parkonians batsmen discuss tactics (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Oakfield Parkonians batsmen discuss tactics (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Oakfield Parkonians missed a chance to move into the promotion places in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Two after defeat against Harlow Town.

The visitors chose to bat first, but were dismissed for 105 in 35.1 overs, as Abdul Razzaq (4-7) and Ravi Teja Dwaraka (4-45) combined to good effect with the ball.

It proved a false dawn for Parkonians, though, as they were skittled for 59 in 26.3 overs, with Suraj Chauhan (6-24) and former Oakfield captain Jibran Azam (3-12) doing most of the damage.

Ubaid Ur Rehman Kiani, Dwaraka and Aman Ali all reached double figures for Parkonians, but the loss leaves them six points behind second-placed Fives & Heronians, who were beaten at table-topping Loughton, with three matches remaining.

South Woodford, meanwhile, are in fifth place and only 24 points off a promotion spot, despite their loss against Old Southendian.

The visitors were put into bat by captain Joe Craddock and dismissed for 179 in 49 overs, with Ahmed Khawaja (73) leading the way.

Indika Wickramaratne (3-34), Bradley Copper (3-41) and Jake McMullen (3-60) shared the wickets for South Woodford, but only three of their batsmen could reach double figures in reply.

Openers Henry Blackwell and Copper (25) made a solid start, but Jamie Carroll was the only other batsman to make an impact for the hosts and top scored with 62 as they were dismissed for 155 in 37.2 overs.

Khawaja completed a fine all-round display with a 5-50 haul from his seven-over spell.

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