Woodford Wells leapfrog Billericay with Essex League Division One win
PUBLISHED: 13:00 11 July 2016
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Fives & Heronians drop into relegation spots
Woodford Wells got the better of Billericay at Monkhams Lane to leapfrog their rivals in the Essex League Division One table.
Captain Joe Johnson put the visitors into bat after winning the toss and saw Tevin Sterling run out David Hinnigan with the score on 25.
David Houghton (33) put on 50 with Lee Knight before Usman Sahar struck three times in quick succession to leave Billericay 76-4.
Ross Poulton then dominated a 51-run stand with Chris Tait, who fell to Gareth James, but saw George Ellis (2-46) nabbed a quick brace to make it 152-7.
Poulton hit six fours before he succumbed for 53 to Sterling (2-30), who bowled Gary Hynes to end the innings after Sahar (4-18) had hit Adam Marchant’s stumps.
Chasing 176, Wells lost Jack Johnson and Will Rogers reasonably cheaply as Marchant made early inroads to leave them 37-2.
And Tanveer Shah and James were both dismissed by Robert Rayner (2-31) as the home side slipped to 77-4.
Michael Arblaster hit eight fours in his 53, from 81 balls, before he was the fifth Wells batsman to fall, with Marchant (3-43) again the wicket-taker.
But Jonathan Gaffney and skipper Johnson edged Wells closer to their target, before Sterling (21 not out) helped finish the job.
Gaffney was unbeaten on 29, from 81 deliveries, as Wells reached their target in the 42nd over to move up to fifth, two points above Billericay, with eight matches remaining.
Fives & Heronians dropped into the bottom two after falling to a tense Essex League Division One defeat against Hadleigh at The Paddock.
Sarfaraz Ahmed shone with the ball for Ben Britton’s side, while Jake Poulter produced a fine innings with the bat.
But Fives, with only one win to their names in the first half of the season following promotion, came up eight runs short of a second success and saw Hadleigh leapfrog them in the table.
The visitors chose to bat first, but Greg Summers and Jonny Kay had early success with the new ball to leave them 31-2.
Rahul Bhome ended a 51-run stand for the third wicket, then took a catch to help Ahmed open his account with the scalp of opener Paul Tibbenham, who had made 69 off 108 balls.
Ahmed struck again five balls later to leave Hadleigh 139-5, but had to wait for his third victim of Sam Handley (55).
Summers then produced a run out, before Ahmed (4-52) and Fahad Iqbal claimed further wickets to leave Hadleigh 229-9.
But the visitors eked out another 13 runs from their last-wicket pair and they proved decisive by the finish.
Fives lost openers Pete Kilpatrick and Terry Ballard with only 10 runs on the board, but Summers hit two sixes and five fours in a quickfire 32.
Iqbal then put on 75 for the fourth wicket with Poulter and hit a six and six fours in his 47.
Poulter also cleared the rope once and added a further 12 boundaries, but fell for 89 off 95 balls to leave Fives 228-6.
And the home side suffered a late collapse in the hunt for victory as their last five wickets fell for six runs to see them all out for 234 in the 47th over.
Loughton remain bottom and without a win this season after going down by 36 runs against Harlow at The Uplands.
Ahmed Khawaja hit an un unbeaten 145 from 114 balls for the visitors, including six sixes and 13 fours, as they piled up 290-6.
Andrew Bridges (3-59) was the pick of the Loughton attack, but the hosts slipped to 74-5 in reply.
Tauseef Kazmi hit 103 off 93 balls, with four sixes and 10 fours, and shared stands of 61 and 71 with Vikrant Venkatesan and Taqi Abbas respectively.
Abbas smashed five sixes and four fours in a dazzling 65 off 36 balls, but was the last Loughton man to fall in the 46th over.