Wanstead fall at Castle Park; Zaidi inspires Ilford

PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 July 2016

Joe Ellis-Grewal of Wanstead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Joe Ellis-Grewal of Wanstead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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South Woodford struggles continue in Essex League Premier Division

Ashar Zaidi in bowling action for Ilford (pic: TGSPHOTO)Ashar Zaidi in bowling action for Ilford (pic: TGSPHOTO)

Wanstead suffered their second defeat of the Essex League Premier Division season after a thrilling contest at Colchester.

But Herons have reached the midway point of the campaign with a 14-point lead at the top of the table, after nearest rivals Hornchurch were beaten at Brentwood.

Put into bat again, after winning their recent Royal London Club Championship tie at Castle Park, Herons saw Arfan Akram put on 49 with Hasan Chowdhury before being trapped leg before by Ben Stephens.

Chowdhury followed soon after for 39, having hit three sixes and two fours in a 36-ball knock, and Essex youngster Kishen Velani made just nine to leave Herons 78-3.

Theeban Tavarasa in bowling action for Ilford (pic: TGSPHOTO)Theeban Tavarasa in bowling action for Ilford (pic: TGSPHOTO)

Bilal Patel shared 53 for the fourth wicket with Saurav Prabhakar (46), but they fell in successive overs to make it 134-5.

Jonathan Das (24) offered some resistance in the lower order, but the visitors lost their last five wickets for 21 runs to find themselves all out for 191 in the 46th over.

Zain Shahzad and Jack Lord (2-24) struck early blows with the ball in Colchester’s reply to leave the hosts 31-3.

And Adnan Akram produced a run out to account for the fourth wicket, before Herons captain Joe Ellis-Grewal took a catch off his own bowling to make it 108-5.

Pronob Roy of Ilford goes close to a wicket against Shenfield (pic: TGSPHOTO)Pronob Roy of Ilford goes close to a wicket against Shenfield (pic: TGSPHOTO)

Colchester kept chipping away at their target, but Velani and Shahzad (2-41) struck in quick succesion to leave them 137-7 and give Wanstead hope of victory.

Jake Foley held firm for the hosts, though, and had support from Olie Bocking and Greg Stephens as Colchester secured a two-wicket win with five balls to spare.

Ilford got the better of Shenfield in a rain-affected contest at the Courage Playing Fields, with Essex’s Ashar Zaidi contributing with bat and ball.

Shenfield chose to bat first and Arshad Ali hit a six and three fours in a quickfire 20 before falling to Zaidi.

Mohammed Akhtar in bowling action for Ilford (pic: TGSPHOTO)Mohammed Akhtar in bowling action for Ilford (pic: TGSPHOTO)

The Essex all-rounder dismissed John Walton (28), while Theeban Tavarasa trapped Jack Potticary leg before to make it 79-3, before Jack Kliber and Matt Salisbury combined in an 89-run stand.

Salisbury fell six runs short of his half-century to Mo Ahktar, while Haris Mahmood was stumped by Saf Imtiaz off the bowling of Zaidi to leave the hosts 200-5 in the 44th over.

Kliber became a fourth victim for Zaidi (4-21) soon after, falling nine short of a century after hitting three sixes and eight fours in a determined innings, and Tavarasa (3-42) struck twice more as Shenfield closed on 237-9.

Salisbury struck early in Ilford’s reply to remove Akash Raji and Ahktar, while Tom Austin ran out Abid Ali (25).

Abid Ali in bowling action for Ilford (pic: TGSPHOTO)Abid Ali in bowling action for Ilford (pic: TGSPHOTO)

But Imtiaz and Zaidi then combined in an unbroken fourth-wicket stand, hitting unbeaten half-centuries.

Ran began to fall at 5.45pm, but the duo returned after a lengthy delay and Imtiaz had reached 68 not out, with Zaidi one run behind, when they reached their revised Duckworth/Lewis target of 192 with three over to spare.

South Woodford came up short in a rain-affected contest with Chingford, who made a challenging 283.

Peter McDermott fell four runs short of a century for the home side, while wickets were shared between Indika Wickramaratne (3-56), Kabir Rashid (3-60), Harry Shirt (2-33) and Richard Browne (2-53).

Shaz Hafeez in bowling action for Ilford (pic: TGSPHOTO)Shaz Hafeez in bowling action for Ilford (pic: TGSPHOTO)

But South Woodford lost seven overs of their innings due to rain and were set a revised target of 259 in 43 overs and were dismissed for 198.

Peter Lazarus (43) top scored for the visitors, with Chris Wong (38) and captain Joe Craddock (34) also making starts.

But Kulgir Gill (4-43) kept them in check as Chingford claimed a 55-run victory.

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