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Essex League: Shenfield edge past Wanstead

PUBLISHED: 10:00 27 May 2018

Ollie Ekers in batting action for Shenfield (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Ollie Ekers in batting action for Shenfield (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Shenfield saw off Wanstead in their low-scoring Shepherd Neame Essex League Premier Division clash at the Courage Playing Fields.

Aron Nijjar in bowling action for Wanstead (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Aron Nijjar in bowling action for Wanstead (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

The Herons chose to bat after winning the toss but lost Arfan Akram to injury after just two balls and saw Hassan Chowdhury dismissed by Essex staffer Aaron Beard without scoring.

Beard also dismissed Kishen Velani, before Essex youngster Jack Plom removed Robin Das and Wanstead captain Joe Ellis-Grewal at the other end to make it 29-4.

Jonathan Das and Ismail Dar helped Aron Nijjar steady the ship, before both succumbed to Arshad Ali (3-34), who dismissed Zain Shahzad first ball to leave Wanstead 78-7.

Jack Lord put on a 42-run stand with Nijjar, who was eventually run out for 55 after hitting nine fours in a 122-ball stay.

And Lord was left unbeaten on 33 after hitting a six and four fours in his 27-ball cameo, when Beard (3-22) dismissed last man Mohammed Fayyaz Khan to end the innings on 136 in the 44th over.

Shahzad removed Alan Jones early in Shenfield’s reply, before Beard edged Nijjar behind to Jonathan Das.

Home captain Jack Kliber hit a six and five fours in his 31 before being bowled by opposite number Ellis-Grewal to leave his side 70-3, with Mitchell Edwards (36) stumped by Das off Nijjar with the total on 102.

Shenfield wobbled as Nijjar (5-45) worked his way through the middle order, slipping to 123-8 as Ellis-Grewal (2-49) picked up another scalp.

But Ollie Ekers kept his cool to steer the hosts to a two-wicket win, finishing unbeaten on 32 from 63 deliveries.

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