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Essex League Division One: Woodford Wells eye more positive results after getting off the mark with win at Hainault & Clayhall

PUBLISHED: 15:00 06 June 2018

Woodford Wells bowler Chris Hall celebrates after dismissing Hainault & Clayhall batsmen Dominic Hurst (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Woodford Wells bowler Chris Hall celebrates after dismissing Hainault & Clayhall batsmen Dominic Hurst (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Jon Gaffney's team will host Orsett & Thurrock on Saturday before visiting local rivals South Woodford a day later in the Essex League Cup

Gareth James in bowling action for Woodford Wells at Hainault & Clayhall (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Gareth James in bowling action for Woodford Wells at Hainault & Clayhall (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Woodford Wells will seek more success in the Essex League Division One this weekend after getting off the mark at local foes Hainault & Clayhall last time out.

The Monkhams Lane club visited Oakfield on Saturday without a win from their first three fixtures, but secured a four-wicket success on the road.

After registering a victory at Hainault last weekend, Wells will eye another positive result when Orsett & Thurrock visit and it is the first of two games coming up.

Following Saturday’s fixture, a Woodford derby will take place on Sunday in the second round of the Essex League Cup when South Woodford host Woodford Wells.

It will be a busy weekend for the Monkhams Lane outfit, but they will be boosted by the return of captain Jon Gaffney.

The all-rounder has missed the last two Division One matches as he has been away in the USA, but is set to return for Saturday.

Gaffney revealed ahead of his absence the team would be fine in the capable hands of vice-captain Gareth James and it proved to be the case last weekend.

Wells won the toss at Oakfield and fielded first and managed to restrict Hainault to 239-9 from 50 overs with Chris Hall showing his class with 5-51.

Nigel Holmes also chipped in with 2-63, but at halfway home captain Zoheb Sharif would have been fairly content with his sides display after watching Dominic Hurst (56) and Maruf Chowdhury (61) both pass fifty.

Etinder Bopara (30) and Ryan Hurst (27) also contributed, but Wells saw one of their key men deliver with the bat to get them over the line.

Nabel Shaikh hit 46 at the top of the order and Hall added 47 at number six, but the star of the show was Tanveer Shah.

Wells’ number four produced a superb display to score only his second century for the club and he was present come the finish – ending on 101 not out.

It handed the Monkhams Lane outfit a much-needed win, which will increase their confidence ahead of Saturday’s match with Orsett and Sunday’s encounter at South Woodford.

After losing by four wickets at home last weekend, Hainault and captain Sharif will hope to see a response at Belhus.

The Oakfield club are also in Essex League Cup second round action on Sunday and will host Division Two opposition in the shape of Fives & Heronians.

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