Woodford Wells and Woodford Green both suffer heavy league defeats

PUBLISHED: 17:00 16 July 2018

A Woodford Wells player takes on fluids in the field (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

A Woodford Wells player takes on fluids in the field (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Jon Gaffney’s men were restricted to 135-9 at Belhus and saw the hosts chase it down with eight wickets in hand

Woodford Wells’ poor run continued on Saturday after they lost by eight wickets away to Belhus in the Essex League Division One.

Jon Gaffney’s team travelled to the Village Green eager to move away from the bottom two, but failed to deliver with the bat.

Wells won the toss and batted first, but were quickly in trouble when Joe Johnson (0), Viraj Ghandi (8) and Gareth James (4) come and went cheaply.

Tanveer Shah also had to retire and although Nabel Shaikh made double figures, he was caught for 12.

Some late order hitting from Farzand Shah (41) at eight and number 10 George Ellis saw Wells make it past 100.

Ellis was out for 36, however, and they were forced to end their innings on 135-9 with Tanveer Shah unable to bat.

It wasn’t enough runs and although Deven Solanki picked up 2-46 from 10 overs, Belhus got home in the 27th over.

Woodford Green suffered a similar fate in Division Three as they lost by 163 runs at home to Benfleet.

The visitors smashed 254-7 from 50 overs despite Jack Cossey (2-55) and Anthony Palmer (2-29) doing some damage in the field.

In reply, Woodford Green never really got going and were dismissed for 91 off 23.5 overs – mainly thanks to the efforts of number 10 Christian Copping with 20 not out and 41 off 31 balls by last man Paul Richardson, who hit seven fours and one maximum.

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