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South Woodford see off strugglers Woodford Wells
12:10pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in Latest Sport
South Woodford Seconds beat strugglers Woodford Wells Seconds in the Premier Division by two wickets, making hard work of chasing a meagre target.
Woodford Wells batted first and with only three batsmen making double figures, it was always going to be a struggle.
Chris Hamilton (33) and C Campbell (14) top-scored for Wells, who were skittled for 110 as Matthew Lancaster took three for 24.
South Woodford huffed and puffed to 111 for eight to record the win – Bradley Copper (30) and Lancaster (17 not out) their highest scorers.
Campbell impressed with the ball for Wells, taking four for 43.
Next up for South Woodford is a trip to Shenfield, while Woodford Wells host Chelmsford.
Third-placed Wanstead & Snaresbrook Seconds beat third-bottom Chingford Seconds with ease, brushing the hosts aside by 146 runs.
Opting to bat first, Wanstead posted 252 for six in 50 overs.
The Chingford response was disappointing and they managed just 106 runs in reply.
Buckhurst Hill Seconds continued their Division One promotion charge with a two-wicket victory over Orsett Seconds.
Orsett won the toss and chose to bat first, getting off to a slow start with both openers dismissed for six.
Nathan Smith (50 retired) and Paul Boreham (44) top-scored for Orsett, while Daniel Platt’s three for 52 made him the best of the Buckhurst bowlers.
Buckhurst Hill then made 213 for eight to claim another win – Anai Patel (54) and Daniel Golding’s unbeaten 36 the batting higlights as James Cracknell took three for 37.
Fives & Heronians visit Buckhurst on Saturday.
High-flying Hainault & Clayhall Seconds beat Fives & Heronians Seconds by 55 runs to move a step closer to promotion.
Hainault won the toss and batted first, setting an imposing target of 257 for six before declaring.
Faiz Naqvi was unbeaten on 107, while Mohammed Darr scored 71. James Sibley took three for 78 for Fives.
Loughton Seconds beat Hadleigh & Thundersley Seconds by 125 runs with Stuart Greenhill taking five wickets.
Winning the toss, Loughton elected to bat and put up an imposing 286 for four before declaring.
Mahmad Ali Khail scored 77 not out, while Riki Laird added a further 52.
The Hadleigh & Thundersley response of 161 all out saw Darius Vapiwala notch 45, while Ashley Bennett managed 33 as Greenhill took five for 46.
Next up for Loughton is a visit from Harold Wood Seconds.
West Essex Seconds drew with Leigh on Sea Seconds in Division Two on Saturday with Leigh’s Simon Wallace hitting an unbeaten 103.
Put into bat, West Essex made 250 for seven in 51 overs with Omar Azfal (59) and Kabir Khan top-scoring (49).
Matthew Wallace took two for 40 in ten overs. S Wallace got the Leigh response off to a positive start with an unbeaten knock of 103. Jim Kyle’s 31 made him Leigh’s next highest scorer as they scored 166 for five.
Usman Aslam took three for 53 with seven maidens from his 19 overs.
West Essex travel to Harlow Town on Saturday.
Division Three strugglers Woodford Green Seconds and Epping Seconds met on Saturday, with Green winning by just five runs.
Epping won the toss and put Woodford Green into bat with the hosts going on to make 203 for five as Jack Cossey (73 not out) and Marc Cologne (61 not out) led the way.
Sam Rasid was the pick of the Epping bowlers, taking two for 33 from his 12 overs, including four maidens.
Tapan Patel (61) and Gokul Balasubramanian (49) were Epping’s highest run scorers as they were bowled out for 198 after Mohamed Nowman took three for 37.
Woodford Green host Harlow Town on Saturday, while Epping host Belhus.
Old Parkonians Seconds beat Benfleet Seconds by just six runs, despite the visitors having only ten players.
Benfleet won the toss and elected to bat first, setting a target of 160 all out with Kieran Record (46) and John Bull (28) the pick of the batsmen.
Dilan Patel took an impressive five for 29 from seven overs.
Parks’ reponse was quick and effective – Haaris Shah top-scoring with 87 as his side finished 161 for four after Paran Kalley had chipped in with an unbeaten 22.
Jamie Hodgson took two for 58 as Benfleet were beaten comfortably.
Old Parkonians travel to Pegasus and Corringham on Saturday.
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