Wanstead well beaten by Bush

PUBLISHED: 08:20 06 July 2015 | UPDATED: 08:20 06 July 2015

Zain Shahzad of Wanstead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Zain Shahzad of Wanstead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Leaders toppled by Colchester

Wanstead dropped from first to third in the Essex League Premier Division after a seven-wicket defeat against Colchester at Castle Park.

Put into bat after losing the toss the visitors saw John Chambers fall cheaply, trapped leg before by Essex’s Reece Topley, with Saurav Prabhakar following soon after to Ben Stephens to leave them 16-2.

Arfan Akram and Feroze Khushi fell for double-figure scores as Wanstead slipped to 84-4, before Hassan Chowdhury and Adnan Akram shared a 51-run stand.

Chowdhury hit four boundaries in his 55, before becoming Topley’s second victim, and Akram went on to make 39 before he was the sixth Wanstead batsman to fall with the score on 172.

Tailenders Jonathan Das, captain Joe Ellis-Grewal, Mohammed Zaidi and Mohammed Fayyaz Khan all reached double figures to lift the total to 221-8 and Zain Shahzad dismissed Kemsley Robb first ball at the start of Colchester’s reply.

It proved a false dawn as Jack Hebron and Harry Busy put on 89 for the second wicket, before Shahzad claimed his second scalp.

Joe Austin then gave Bush support in an 80-run stand, before succumbing to Prabhakar.

But the home side were only 52 runs short of their target at that point and were led home by in-form Bush, who finished unbeaten on 108 from 105 balls, having hit a six and eight fours.

It was Bush’s third unbeaten ton of the summer and took his league tally to 624 at an average of 78, as Colchester won with 10 overs to spare.

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