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Wells boosted by defeats for rivals

PUBLISHED: 10:00 28 July 2015

Woodford Wells' home ground at Monkhams Lane

Woodford Wells' home ground at Monkhams Lane

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Johnson happy to make up ground in race for Premier Division

Joe Johnson believes Woodford Wells’ seven-wicket success at home to Upminster was even greater following defeats for promotion rivals Southend and Hornchurch.

While Wells were busy knocking off the run chase against John Curtis’ men, Hornchurch were on their way to losing by five wickets against Hadleigh while Southend were in the process of being beaten by 25 runs at home to Harlow.

It has allowed Wells to close the gap on the top two in Division One, something which Johnson says gives the triumph added importance.

“We’re really pleased to get the win and it’s good for our promotion chances that Southend and Hornchurch both lost as well,” he said.

Upminster won the toss and elected to bat but Wells bowlers Maurice Chambers and Donovan Miller made them swiftly regret that decision.

The pair took four wickets each as the visitors were bowled out for 141 and Johnson was pleased to see them work well in tandem once again.

“It was one of those days when everything in the field seemed to go right for us,” he added.

“Maurice once again took a wicket with the first ball of the innings and he has a really good partnership with Donovan. The pair of them work well together.”

Wells raced home in reply, completing the victory inside 30 overs, with Johnson (47) and Brenton Thompson (52) and the team’s skipper is pleased to see the batting line-up perform well.

“The runs are being shared around the whole team, which is good to see. Ideally you don’t want to be relying on just a couple of players and we’re not at the minute.”


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