Wanstead seal Dukes Essex T20 semi-final spot
PUBLISHED: 08:30 08 July 2017
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Herons hold off Chelmsford charge in quarter-final
Wanstead joined Upminster and Hornchurch at the Dukes Essex T20 finals day with a tense seven-run win over Chelmsford on Friday.
Put into bat at Overton Drive after the visitors won the toss, the Herons saw Kishen Velani hit a pair of early boundaries before falling to James Clifford for 12.
Hassan Chowdhury hit a six and two fours in a 14-ball 20, while Feroze Khushi cleared the rope once on his way to a team high of 34 off 31 deliveries.
Tom Cummins added two maximums in his 22 off 24, wth Jonathan Das (15 off 7) and Joe Ellis-Grewal (11 off 9) also in double figures as Wanstead were eventually dismissed for 143 from the last ball of their 20th over.
Clifford finished with stunning figures of 5-13 for Chelmsford, who lost Dan Hagen to Suminda Balage Don cheaply in reply.
Visiting skipper Jack Sterland struck eight fours in his 58 from 43 balls, sharing a notable second-wicket stand with Ben Clifford before being bowled by Ellis-Grewal.
But Wanstead managed to keep Chelmsford in check, as Mohammed Fayyaz Khan (2-26) took two wickets in two balls and Ben Clifford was left unbeaten on 63 as they closed on 136-4.
Upminster had beaten Colchester by eight runs at Castle Park on Tuesday evening, defending just 124, and will face Hornchurch, who held off Shenfield by three runs at Harrow Lodge Park after making 144, in one of the semi-finals at Billericay on Sunday July 16.
The fourth and final quarter-final of this season’s competition sees Brentwood welcome South Woodford to the Old County Ground on Sunday (12.30pm), with the winners facing Wanstead for a place in the final.
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