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Wanstead & Snaresbrook close in on title
2:20pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in Latest Sport
Wanstead & Snaresbrook Thirds inched closer to the Premier Division title after a nine-run win over Fives and Heronians Thirds.
The league leaders chose to bat and with the help of Karan Singh’s impressive 100 not out, declared on 230 for six off 46 overs.
Fives started well with Shiraz Ghafoor hitting 52 before being bowled by Jahanser Akbar.
They eventually fell just short as they were bowled out for 221 as they failed to derail Wanstead’s charge for the title.
A hard-fought 72 from Iain Wilson saw South Woodford Thirds scrape past Woodford Wells Thirds by one wicket.
Asked to reply to Woodford Wells’ tally of 209 with Mohammed Shah (53) and Wesley Hutchins (50) both hitting half-centuries, Wilson’s third-wicket stand set the wheels in motion.
Indika Wickramaratne and Adam Overton did their best with the ball for Woodford Wells, both taking three wickets, but it wasn’t enough as South Woodford claimed victory.
Division One title-chasing Buckhurst Hill Thirds served up another win, this time by six wickets, as they brushed aside Chingford Thirds.
John Woodland got Chingford off to a good start after they chose to bat and he was eventually bowled by Ash Mohammed for 52.
After a patchy middle-order performance, Sourabh Datar added a further 53 to leave his side in with a chance of pulling off a shock win, declaring on 194 for five.
However, the league leaders began strongly with a Shaid Mohammed 57 and an additional 68 not out from Shahid Maan setting them on their way to victory.
Wanstead & Snaresbrook Fourths sit level on points with second-placed Brentwood Thirds after claiming a draw against struggling Hornchurch Thirds.
The hosts, who currently reside fourth from bottom, won the toss but decided to attempt to bowl out their higher-ranked opponents first.
Naeem Anjum was the pick of Hornchurch’s bowling attack with four wickets as Dev Patel (63) and Naail Dar did the damage with the bat for the visitors.
Having set a respectable total of 202 for nine declared, Wanstead took the battle to Hornchurch but found Lee Gilbert (73) and Lowell Mason (64) in decent touch.
Despite their best efforts, Hornchurch could not force a much-needed win as they finished on 200 for eight, settling for the draw.
Loughton Thirds consolidated their mid-table berth in Division Two with a 78-run win over West Essex Thirds.
The visitors were made to rue their decision to bowl as Loughton amassed a good total of 233 for nine with Jordan Ramsden (74) their highest scorer.
Paul Griffiths did his best to stop the away side but even his six for 73 could not derail their good form.
West Essex struggled with the bat and Matthew Thomas was to be the away side’s nemesis with the ball as he took six for 47 runs as they were bowled out for just 155.
Colin Bowley top-scored with 31 as their last five batters buckled for just 13 runs, handing the win to Loughton.
Second-placed Loughton Fourths made short work of struggling South Woodford Fourths in Division Three with a crushing 169-run defeat of their mid-table opponents.
Kieran Scarlioli’s 123 was the pick of the bunch before being bowled by Shravan Sheth as in-form Loughton set their opponents a total of 269 to win.
However, after Carl Edmond’s initial 37, the hosts collapsed to just 99 for nine inside 36 overs to lose the contest handsomely.
Chingford Fourths chose to bat first but their total of 126 all out was not enough to trouble Premier Division table-toppers Wanstead & Snaresbrook Fifths as they ran out easy winners by seven wickets.
Usman Mirza (39) and Jonathan Bird (26) were the prominent scorers in the Chingford side with Wanstead’s Walid Sherzai and Tariq Zaman taking three wickets apiece.
Having dismissed the Fourths in dominant fashion, Wanstead took to the task of reaching 126.
This was completed with relative ease as Sriram Pathmarajah (57) and Andrew Osborn (37) saw off Chingford for the loss of three wickets.
Woodford Green Thirds moved away from the relegation zone as they got past Hainault & Clayhall Fourths with a six-wicket win.
Forced to bat after their visiting opponents won the toss, Mitul Bhatt (62) was the lead run-maker for Woodford as they made 216 for four.
Bhatt soon turned his attentions from making runs to stopping them as he and Matt Trim took four wickets apiece to bowl out Hainault for 215 in 50.5 overs.
Mahatma fell just shy of a century (98) but his stand was not enough as Hainault lost ground in the promotion race.
Epping Thirds remained bottom of Division One after a six-wicket defeat by Wickford Fourths.
Having won the toss, Wickford decided to bowl and it turned out to be the right decision as they skittled out their struggling opponents for a measly 37.
Mohammed Zubair top-scored with nine.
Having shown little fight with the bat, Epping did put up a good battle with the ball.
Jack Archer took three for ten but Wickford got over the line to remain in the hunt for promotion.
Fives & Heronians Fourths played out a creditable draw in their match with league leaders Buckhurst Hill Fourths.
A fine 113 from Paul Davis got the home side off to a flyer but that blistering pace soon cooled as they were eventually all out for 231 runs.
Mark Wheeler took five wickets for Buckhurst.
In reply, the in-form visitors were reduced to 176 for eight as Fives ran out of time to dismiss their opponents.
Davis grabbed three wickets to end his excellent all-round day.
Wanstead & Snaresbrook Sixths made light work of the visiting challenge as third-placed Chelmsford Fifths were soundly beaten by ten wickets.
Having won the toss, Chelmsford decided to bat but failed to hit their stride as the hosts bowled them out for a derisory 81 runs.
The opening partnership of Aman Ali (33) and Aryan Gupta (40) was enough to see Wanstead claim the easy victory inside 18 overs.
Division Three league-leaders Loughton Fifths continued their tremendous form with a six-wicket defeat of seventh-placed South Woodford Fifths.
South Woodford decided to bat after winning the toss and made a reasonable 210 all out in 43.1 overs as Arshad Rehamn top-scored with 64.
Chasing the target, opener Peter Nicholls did the damage with the bat (101) before being bowled by Shyamal Ondhia.
The visitors eventually surpassed South Woodford’s total for the loss of only four wickets to claim the win.
Chingford Fifths remained close to the bottom of the table despite securing a draw with Harold Wood Fifths.
Having won the toss, relegation-threatened Chingford, who could only field nine players for the encounter, set a strong target of 271 for three in 52 overs for their opponents to chase.
The visitors did their best to better Chingford’s haul but could only muster 180 for five in reply.
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