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Wanstead’s Kishen is derby king

PUBLISHED: 08:11 13 July 2015 | UPDATED: 08:11 13 July 2015

Kishen Velani leaves the field after his unbeaten century steered Wanstead to victory over South Woodford (pic: Graham Hodges)

Kishen Velani leaves the field after his unbeaten century steered Wanstead to victory over South Woodford (pic: Graham Hodges)

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Wanstead's Hassan Chowdhury (pic: Graham Hodges)Wanstead's Hassan Chowdhury (pic: Graham Hodges)

Kishen Velani’s whirlwind century steered Wanstead to a comfortable derby success over Essex League Premier Division rivals South Woodford.

Essex staffer Velani clubbed five sixes and 12 fours in an unbeaten 103, from just 53 deliveries, as Wanstead raced to a seven-wicket win with 17 overs to spare.

And Velani’s batting heroics came after Zain Shahzad had produced a five-star display with the ball, to help dismiss the home side for just 200.

South Woodford’s stand-in skipper Max Shirt chose to bat after winning the toss, but saw Shahzad dismiss Dane Watson and James Swash, while new-ball partner Mohammad Zaidi sent Harry Neicho packing.

Zain Shahzad took five wickets for Wanstead in their win over South Woodford (pic: Graham Hodges)Zain Shahzad took five wickets for Wanstead in their win over South Woodford (pic: Graham Hodges)

Michael Browne became Shahzad’s third victim as the home side slumped to 24-4, before Joe Craddock helped Shirt steady the ship.

Zaidi accounted for Craddock (20) with the score on 59, before Kris Vadher (23) helped put on 53 for the sixth wicket with captain Shirt before being trapped lbw by Wanstead skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal.

Adnan Akram got in on the act to end Shirt’s resistance, having hit a six and seven fours in his 83-ball 68, and Shahzad returned to make Richard Browne his fourth victim.

Ellis-Grewal got James Malin, before Shahzad completed his 5-27 haul by dismissing Simon Correya in the penultimate over.

But Wanstead suffered an early wobble in reply, with Jonathan Das dismissed before a run had been scored and Arfan Akram following soon after to leave the visitors 6-2.

Hassan Chowdhury dominated a third-wicket stand of 41 with John Chambers, who made just five, before Garry Neicho struck.

But that was as good as it got for the home side as Chowdhury and Velani put on an unbroken 155 for the fourth wicket.

Chowdhury hit two sixes and 12 fours in his unbeaten 82, from 87 balls.

But Velani surpassed his team-mate with a stunning ton as Wanstead moved back above Brentwood into second place, seven points behind leaders Chelmsford with eight matches remaining.

Ilford climbed off the bottom of the table with a tense seven-run win over defending champions Chingford at Valentines Park.

Hendro Puchert hit nine boundaries in his 61, with Gurdeep Kandola (39), Aron Nijjar (30) and Shankar Gunalan (25 not out) also chipping in as Ilford reached 197-6.

Puchert then struck three early blows with the ball, with a run out leaving Chingford 52-4.

Slow left-armer Nijjar and Mukesh Bhatt also got in on the act as the visitors slipped to 99-6, before a 57-run stand put the match back in the balance.

Puchert (4-35) picked up his fourth scalp to raise Ilford’s chances, with Nijjar (2-37) leaving Chingford nine wickets down after Jay Edmonds had been run out by Reece Williams.

And Ilford managed to hold their rivals to 190-9 to claim their second victory of the season and leapfrog Harold Wood at the bottom of the table.


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