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South Woodford centurions cruise past Southendian

PUBLISHED: 16:00 17 June 2018

Henry Blackwell and Brad Copper (pic Graham Hodges)

Henry Blackwell and Brad Copper (pic Graham Hodges)

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South Woodford cruised to a 10-wicket win at Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Two rivals Old Southendian after a stunning stand between Henry Blackwell and Brad Copper.

Brad Copper hits out (pic Graham Hodges)Brad Copper hits out (pic Graham Hodges)

The hosts chose to bat after winning the toss, but Indika Wickramaratne struck early with the new ball for South Woodford.

Jake McMullen ended a 59-run stand for the second wicket and claimed another wicket soon after, before Copper (4-24) claimed the first two wickets of his haul to make it 111-5.

McMullen (3-46) and Copper then reduced Harlow Town to 123-8, but Ahmed Khawaja held firm and got to within two runs of his century when he fell to Saihaj Jaspal with the total on 207.

The hosts closed on 232-9, with South Woodford’s opening pair then knocking off the runs in reply in 40 overs.

Henry Blackwell celebrates his half century (pic Graham Hodges)Henry Blackwell celebrates his half century (pic Graham Hodges)

Copper finished unbeaten on 113 from 127 balls, having hit a six and 17 fours, while Blackwell (109 not out) hit a six and 16 fours in his 113-ball innings.

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