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Woodford Wells win low-scoring Essex League thriller

PUBLISHED: 11:30 22 May 2017

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Bowlers dominate in tense Division One clash

Woodford Wells edged past Buckhurst Hill in a low-scoring Essex League Division One encounter, twice interrupted by rain.

Captain Jonathan Gaffney put the home side into bat at Roding Lane after winning the toss and saw Gareth James strike two early blows with the new ball to leave them 19-2.

George Ellis (2-34) also got in on the act, with James picking up a third scalp to leave Hill in deep trouble at 31-5.

And although the hosts doubled their total before losing their next wicket, they were skittled for 98 in 29 overs as James went on to finish with superb figures of 7-19 from his 10 overs.

Any thoughts Wells might have had of securing a comfortable win, as Will Rogers and Joe Johnson put on 49 for their first wicket, were soon shattered by Hill’s Luke Martin.

After dismissing Johnson, he also sent Rogers back for a 42-ball 41, which included eight fours, and three more Wells batsmen to leave them 72-5.

James followed with only four more runs added to the total, but Gaffney and Nabel Shaikh moved Wells ever closer to their target, before Martin claimed three more wickets to leave them 96-9.

Last man Ellis hit a boundary off Martin, though, to seal a tense one-wicket win and leave the bowler with the consolation of an 8-39 haul.

Wells welcome Orsett to Monkhams Lane next weekend.

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