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South Woodford beat Billericay in close encounter

PUBLISHED: 17:00 28 May 2017

South Woodford's Mike and Richard Browne (pic Graham Hodges)

South Woodford's Mike and Richard Browne (pic Graham Hodges)

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Essex all-rounder Walter cannot deny visitors

South Woodford claimed a two-wicket success at Billericay in their Essex League Division One encounter at the Toby Howe ground.

Garry Neicho struck early with the new ball to dismiss David Hinnigan without scoring, with Nick van Lint run out cheaply to leave the hosts 25-2.

David Houghton and Ross Poulton also fell cheaply to make it 58-4, but Essex staffer Paul Walter hit out on his first appearance for Billericay this season, clearing the rope twice and adding nine fours to reach 83 off just 68 balls before becoming Neicho’s third victim.

Bradley Copper (3-54) claimed two wickets in quick succession to make it 122-7, with Haider Ali Syed Zaidi (2-23) also having success, but captain Lee Knight (45) had lower-order support from Gary Hynes and Adam Marchant (24) to lift the Billericay total to 184.

Walter struck early with the ball in South Woodford’s reply to dismiss Kasey Harris, with Harry Neicho succumbing to Marchant.

James Swash (25) and Copper put on 48 for the third wicket, before Poulton made the breakthrough and also dismissed visiting skipper Richard Browne.

Copper fell for 37 to Hynes to leave South Woodford 98-5, with Trishan Sivathasan following as Walter’s second victim with the score on 117.

But Krishan Vadher (24) gave Michael Browne support in a 48-run stand for the seventh wicket to keep South Woodford in the hunt, before Marchant and Poulton had further success to leave the home side needing two more wickets for success.

South Woodford were only seven runs short of theit target, though, and Browne saw them to the finish line, hitting a six and eight fours in his unbeaten 52.

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