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Wanstead Lord it; South Woodford take derby spoils

PUBLISHED: 07:00 18 July 2016

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

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

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Leaders prove too strong for Chingford

Peter Lazarus hit a half-century for South Woodford at Chelmsford (pic: Graham Hodges)Peter Lazarus hit a half-century for South Woodford at Chelmsford (pic: Graham Hodges)

Wanstead maintained their push for the Essex League Premier Division title with a comfortable win over Chingford at Overton Drive.

Jack Lord impressed with the ball as the visitors, after choosing to bat first, were dismissed for 154 in the 48th over.

And the Herons, celebrating their 150th anniversary this year, cruised to their target with six wickets and 15 overs in hand to stay on top of the pile with seven matches remaining.

Lesbourne Edwards made the breakthrough with the new ball, before captain Joe Ellis-Grewal and fellow left-arm spinner Aron Nijjar got in on the act to leave Chingford 86-3.

Harry Shirt celebrates a wicket for South Woodford (pic: Graham Hodges)Harry Shirt celebrates a wicket for South Woodford (pic: Graham Hodges)

Lord then dismissed Andrew and Ben MacGregor in quick succession, before Essex Academy youngster Feroze Khushi tempted Liam Lannen to edge behind to Jonathan Das.

Lord (4-23) struck twice more to reduce Chingford to 138-8 and the miserly Ellis-Grewal (2-19) claimed his second scalp without addition, before some late defiance from number 11 Ejaz Khan.

Khushi (2-17) wrapped up the Chingford innings on 154 and Arfan Akram continued his superb form with the bat to race to 35 off just 23 balls in reply.

Akram hit a six and seven fours as he dominated a 48-run opening stand with Hassan Chowdhury, who fell soon after.

And although Khushi departed cheaply, Saurav Prabhakar dug in to score 26 from 64 deliveries to help Herons reach three figures.

Adnan Akram (34 not out) and Edwards, who hit three sixes and four fours in his unbeaten 37, clinched victory with plenty to spare.

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Struggling South Woodford recorded a much-needed derby win over Ilford at Valentines Park to keep their Essex League Premier Division survival hopes alive.

Captain Joe Craddock chose to bat after winning the toss and hit three early boundaries before succumbing to Toheed Hamid with the total on 22.

Harry Neicho (39) put on 70 for the second wicket with Peter Lazarus, who added a further 90 with James Swash before he was dismissed by Theeban Tavarasa for 60 off 101 balls.

Kabir Rashid fell cheaply to Muhammad Akhtar, but Swash went on to make 84 off 83 deliveries, hitting three sixes and four fours before being bowled by Hamid (2-40).

And Bradley Copper added a cameo 28 off 18 balls, clearing the rope three times, to see the visitors close on 245-5.

Harry Shirt struck early with the ball in Ilford’s reply to bowl Akash Raji and took a catch off the bowling of new-ball partner Garry Neicho to account for Awais Liaqat.

Akhtar and Abid Ali put on 100 for the third Ilford wicket, though, to raise the home side’s hopes, before the dominant Ali fell to Copper for 70 off 72 balls, having hit 10 fours.

Krishan Vadher dismissed Akhtar for 52, as Copper took the catch, to leave Ilford 167-4 and Nigel Jacobs succumbed to Rashid just six runs later.

Ilford skipper Shaz Hafeez helped his side bring up their 200, only to then fall to Shirt, and Hamid and Haaris Ayub (23) followed in quick succession.

Shirt finished his spell with 4-45 and Vadher (2-53) had further success late on as Ilford came up short on 228-9.

Although still at the foot of the table, victory allowed South Woodford to close to within 15 points of safety.


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