Woodford Wells and Harold Wood suffer frustrating Essex League Division One defeats

PUBLISHED: 17:00 31 July 2017

Cricket equipment is left on a bench

Cricket equipment is left on a bench


A lot of local cricket failed to be completed with the poor weather again affecting matches

Harold Wood and Woodford Wells suffered frustrating defeats in the Essex League Division One last weekend.

Wood travelled to Hadleigh and the hosts scored 212-8 off their 49 overs with Hamzah Ikram (2-27), Wasim Khalid (2-48) and Maruf Chowdhury (2-39) nabbing braces.

The visitors struggled with the bat, however, and only Chowdhury (29) managed to score over 20 runs.

Wood were dismissed for just 99 in the 24th over and suffered a disappointing 113-run defeat as a result.

Jon Gaffney’s Wells also went down on the road, although in much closer circumstances at Orsett.

The away side lost the toss and were made to bat first and Tanveer Shah (35) and Mitch McGee (32) made starts.

Several of the middle-order also got going with Ed Buxton (23), Gareth James (24) and Gaffney (39) spending a significant amount of time at the crease.

But it took a 24-ball 31 from Chris Hall to get Wells up to 233 before they were all out off the last ball of their innings.

With rain present, Hadleigh were set a revised total of 219 to chase inside 45 overs and they managed it with 22 balls to spare for the loss of just four wickets.

Elsewhere, South Woodford were left cursing the rain after dismissing Billericay for 106 with Harry Shirt taking 4-24.

Essex’s Nick Browne also chipped in with 2-2 while Bradley Cooper claiming 3-9, but the rain prevented Joe Craddock’s side from chasing down the low total, as the match was abandoned.

Gidea Park’s clash at Buckhurst Hill also fell foul to the bad weather, as the hosts scored 273-9 from their 50 overs.

Mohammed Fahad picked up 5-41, but the visitors were able to bat because the rain forced the fixture to be abandoned.

In Division Two, Fives & Heronians dismissed Basildon for 219, but were unable to chase it down due to the weather.

It was a similar story for Old Brentwoods as Wickford were all out for 154, though the home side were left frustrated with the rain.

Zoheb Sharif had a memorable day, although it wasn’t even to help Hainault claim another win.

The captain smashed an unbeaten 169 off 134 balls to lead his team to 303-1 from 46.3 overs.

Mousshin Ismail scored 70 not out before play at Hutton was called to a halt and yet another abandonment occurred.

A result was forthcoming at Horndon, but Oakfield Parkonians were on the wrong end of it.

Vikram Handa hit 57 at the top of the order, as Parks made 202 before they were all out in the 49th over.

Horndon were set 168 to win from 38 overs and managed it with 12 balls to spare and four wickets in hand.

Aman Ali (4-29) and Jibran Azam (2-35) did their best to get Parks on top, but the hosts got home in the end.

Meanwhile Ardleigh Green’s game at Woodford Green was abandoned after the hosts were dismissed for 185 in the 45th over thanks to fine bowling by James Duhig (4-19).

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