South Woodford upset Essex League Premier Division champions Chelmsford
PUBLISHED: 12:00 31 July 2016 | UPDATED: 13:11 31 July 2016
Memorable win boosts survival hopes
South Woodford claimed a vital and truly memorable victory in their quest for top-flight survival as they beat defending champions Chelmsford by three wickets at Chelmer Park.
South Woodford captain Joe Craddock put the hosts into bat after winning the toss and saw Saihaj Jaspal (4-23) dismiss four of the top five to leave them 88-4 in the 18th over.
Kabir Rashid (2-14) then struck twice in quick succession in a tight eight-over spell to leave Chelmsford 109-6, before the seventh-wicket pair put on 34.
But after Harry Shirt made the breakthrough to dismiss home skipper Nick Bailey, who was caught by Bradley Copper, and had Ollie Devenish taken by Chris Wong from the very next ball, Chelmsford saw Kris Ali fall to Krish Vadher for a first-ball duck and Anthony Hill dismissed by Shirt (3-18) as their last four wickets fell for no runs and they were all out for 143.
Craddock fell cheaply in reply, but Richard Browne (21) and Pete Lazarus put on 41 for the second wicket.
And although James Swash was also dismissed for single figures in the 15th over to make it 64-3, Lazarus held firm at the other end.
Copper contributed just a single to a 29-run stand, with Lazarus eventually dismissed for 69, having hit 10 fours, to leave South Woodford 109-5 in the 29th over.
Wong was the next to fall with the score on 130, after playing a supporting role to Jamie Carroll, who had hit three sixes in quick succession.
And Carroll added two more boundaries before falling for 30 off 26 balls, having taken the visitors to within two runs of their target.
Vadher had the honour of hitting the winning runs as he found the boundary from his third ball to seal a much-needed win.
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