Winning weekend for Wells

PUBLISHED: 08:30 03 May 2013

Cup cheer for cricketers

Woodford Wells enjoyed up a great weekend of cup cricket with a five-wicket victory over former champions Finchley in the ECB National Club Championship on Sunday.

Finchley won the toss and elected to bat but Wells got off to a great start when Donovan Miller bowled Majed Ali for a duck.

Miller also claimed the scalp of the other Finchley opener Ross Sutcliff and wickets continued to tumble thanks to Tom Clark, Chirag Pithia and a brace from Rory Ellison.

Tilan Wijesinghe tried to steady the ship with an unbeaten 49 but could not find a partner as Finchley fell to 165 all out.

Ellison (2-18) had the best bowling figures but was backed up well by Pithia (2-21) and Miller (2-32).

Wells then romped home in just 35 overs with Ellison again leading the way, top scoring with an unbeaten 48.

He said: “When you have a team with a reputation like Finchley coming over you expect them to bring a strong team and they did, but we started very well with Donovan (Miller) and (Tom) Clark getting some early wickets.

“Then the rest of us chipped in with the bowling and all of us chipped in with the runs.

“To beat one of the top ten teams in London has left us full of beans and confidence.”

Wells had eased to an eight-wicket derby win over Fives & Heronians in the Essex League Cup a day earlier.

Fives reached 51 without loss but when Terry Ballard fell, opening partner Gary Edwards lacked support as the middle order all fell for single-figure scores.

Steven Doig put up some resistance as Fives closed on 163-8.

Ellison (3-23) was again the pick of the Wells bowlers, with support from Pithia (2-15).

And Wells chased down their target in just 27 overs, with Andrew Barrs and James Lever both hitting half-centuries.

Lawrence Farnum finished the job with a pacey 34 from 24 balls, including two fours and two sixes, as Doig (2-19) took the only wickets to fall.

Ellison added: “Fives are an old rival and good friends and it was a good game.

“Terry Ballard put us under some pressure, but we got him out at the right time and then the wickets were shared out quite well as we got through the rest of them.

“It was a good debut for our new overseas (Andrew Barrs) and James Lever did well in his new position at opening the batting. It’s good to beat a local rival.”

Ellison was also keen to praise Clark, who has taken over from him as captain this season, adding: “Tom has instilled a new team spirit and a new training regime and we’ve got some new players in too, so hopefully it’s onwards and upwards from here.”

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