Woodford Wells claim Essex League Division One win
PUBLISHED: 09:00 04 July 2016
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Fives & Heronians come up short against high-flyers
Woodford Wells claimed a three-wicket win at Loughton in an Essex League Division One match that avoided the worst of the weather.
Captain Joe Johnson put the home side into bat at The Uplands and saw George Ellis (2-32) strike two early blows with the new ball.
Usman Sahar, Tevin Sterling and Tanveer Shah also got in on the act to reduce Loughton to 85-5, but Bilal Butt led a recovery as he hit two sixes and three fours in his 56.
Tauseef Kazmi added two sixes and six fours in his 65, but both succumbed to Alexander Gilbert (3-53) as Loughton closed on 240-8.
Wells lost Jonathan Gaffney cheaply in reply, but in-form overseas Michael Arblaster maintained his good form with the bat with a 54-ball 51, including seven boundaries.
Shah chipped in with a run-a-ball 24 as Johnson held firm at the other end, before the skipper fell one run short of his half-century to leave Wells 162-4.
Gareth James took up the baton at that point and, despite losing Tim Jolly, Sterling and Gilbert cheaply, found support from Sahar late on.
James hit a six and seven fours in his unbeaten 58 off 51 balls, with Sahar (20 not out) helping to secure victory with three overs to spare.
Fives & Heronians came up short against high-flying Orsett at The Paddock.
The visitors chose to bat first after winning the toss and reached a competitive 253.
But Fives were always in the hunt, only to end up dismissed for 241 with an over to spare.
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