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Cricket: Wanstead earn derby win at Ilford

PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 July 2018

Kishen Velani hits 4 runs for Wanstead during Wanstead and Snaresbrook CC vs Hornchurch CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Overton Drive on 30th June 2018

Kishen Velani hits 4 runs for Wanstead during Wanstead and Snaresbrook CC vs Hornchurch CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Overton Drive on 30th June 2018

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Wanstead eased to a comfortable derby win over Ilford to maintain their lead in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division at the midway point of the season.

Bilal Patel hits 4 runs for Wanstead during Wanstead and Snaresbrook CC vs Hornchurch CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Overton Drive on 30th June 2018Bilal Patel hits 4 runs for Wanstead during Wanstead and Snaresbrook CC vs Hornchurch CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Overton Drive on 30th June 2018

Beaten by Hornchurch at Overton Drive a week earlier, they chose to bat first at Valentines Park and saw Kishen Velani put on 97 for the second wicket with Bilal Patel.

Velani hit 11 fours in his 73, before falling to Haaris Ayub, and Patel followed four short of his half-century soon after.

Adnan Akram added 31 off 27 balls in the middle order, as brother Arfan returned to action following a broken arm and hit a six and four in his cameo 17.

The Herons were dismissed for 202 in the 48th over, as Mohammed Ahktar (3-47), Ashar Zaidi (2-19) and captain Theeban Tavarasa (2-41) had most success with the ball for the hosts.

But Ilford lost two early wickets to Zain Shahzad in reply to find themselves in trouble at 5-2.

Shahzad (3-11) struck again, while Joe Ellis-Grewal dismissed opener Harsh Kumar to make it 38-4.

And Akhil Anil was given out for obstructing the field with only one more run added to the total to leave Ilford in disarray.

Zaidi hit a six and three fours in his 25-ball 33, before falling to Ellis-Grewal (2-31), with Ayub (23) the only other batsman to make much impact as Ilford were dismissed for 117 in the 34th over, as Jahansher Akbar (3-37) wrapped up the win for Wanstead, who are 14 points clear of Chingford.


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