Woodford Wells sink at Colchester

PUBLISHED: 14:00 17 June 2018

Gareth James takes a break (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Gareth James takes a break (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Woodford Wells sank to a heavy defeat against Colchester in their Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One contest at Castle Park.

The home side chose to bat first after winning the toss, but Gareth James struck three early blows with the new ball to reduce them to 10-3.

It proved a false dawn for Wells as Jack Hebron (61) and Ollie Lovejoy (112) put on 116 for the fourth wicket to lay a platform for a total of 260-8.

Tanveer Shah (2-58), Nigel Holmes (2-44) and James (4-32) shared the wickets to fall for Wells, who lost Joe Johnson to a duck and Hywel Jones in the second over.

Nabel Shaikh and Shah were also dismissed by Ben Stephens to leave Wells 18-4, with James and captain Jonathan Gaffney following them back to the pavilion as the visitors collapsed to 34-6.

Christopher Hall managed to reach double figures, but Wells were on the brink at 52-9, before last man George Ellis hit a six and four fours to reach 30 off just 28 balls in a late act of defiance.

Wells were left with just three bonus points, though, as Stephens finished with 5-27 in Colchester’s 162-run win.

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