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Harold Wood get better of Billericay

PUBLISHED: 17:00 12 June 2017

Waqas Shafique in bowling action for Harold Wood (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Waqas Shafique in bowling action for Harold Wood (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Shafique leads attack in Essex League Division One derby

Harold Wood got the better of local rivals Billericay in their Essex League Division One derby on Saturday.

Visiting captain Lee Knight chose to bat after winning the toss, but his top three batsmen all fell after reaching double figures.

David Houghton held firm to get within three runs of a half-century, but Andy Smith (32 not out) and Ross Poulton (24) were the only other Billericay batsmen to pass 16.

Waqas Shafique (3-41) proved the pick of the Wood bowling as Billericay were dismissed for 181, while Wasim Khalid (2-30) nabbed a brace.

Maruf Chowdhury, Hamzah Ikram, Harry Thompson and Joe Stallibrass claimed a wicket apiece in a good all-round bowling performance from the hosts, but they lost two early wickets to Adam Marchant in reply.

Raihan Hussain had support from Ikram (41) and Chowdhury (28), though, and finished unbeaten on 85 as Wood reached their target with six wickets in hand in the 41st over.

Marchant (2-55) and Poulton (2-50) shared the wickets to fall for Billericay.

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