Cricket: Woodford Green win to keep up chase at top

PUBLISHED: 11:00 09 July 2018

A cricket helmet and gloves lie beyond the boundary (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

A cricket helmet and gloves lie beyond the boundary (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Woodford Green maintained their hold on second place in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division Three with a comfortable win at Walthamstow.

Captain Hamaad Sayyed put the home side into bat after winning the toss and saw his bowlers combine well to make runs hard to come by.

Anthony Palmer (4-25) proved the pick of the attack, but Usman Azhar (2-39), Amrit Ryatt (2-41) and Jack Cossey also had success, while Paul Richardson’s 10-over spell cost just 18 runs as Walthamstow closed on 169-9.

Green got off to a flyer in reply as Hussnain Kazmi hit five sixes and seven fours on his way to 60 off 41 balls, dominating a 97-run opening stand.

Sayyed fell for 38, after hitting seven fours, and Green lost three more wickets in quick succession to find themselves 135-5.

But Palmer (33 not out) and Cossey saw them to their target without further alarm, sealing a five-wicket win in the 36th over to keep them 17 points behind leaders Old Brentwoods.

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