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Billericay beat South Woodford in tense Essex League Cup tie

PUBLISHED: 08:00 08 May 2017

Andy Smith of Billericay in batting action at South Woodford (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Andy Smith of Billericay in batting action at South Woodford (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Seven-run success for Knight's men

David Hinnigan of Billericay in batting action at South Woodford (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)David Hinnigan of Billericay in batting action at South Woodford (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Billericay got the better of Division One rivals South Woodford to secure a place in the next round of the Essex League Cup.

Put into bat after losing the toss, they lost Paul Martin, Nick Van Lint and David Houghton cheaply as Harry Shirt (3-30) made inroads with the new ball.

But David Hinnigan and captain Lee Knight (32) steadied the ship, before Haider Ali Syed Zaidi (3-60) claimed the first of his three wickets.

Hinnigan fell to Bradley Copper after hitting 10 fours in his half-century, but Andy Smith held firm to finish unbeaten on 65, from just 51 balls, having hit a six and eight fours.

Harry Shirt of South Woodford celebrates taking the wicket of Billericay's Nick Van Lint (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Harry Shirt of South Woodford celebrates taking the wicket of Billericay's Nick Van Lint (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Billericay closed their innings on 204-7 and enjoyed early success in the field as Kasey Harris and James Swash fell to Robert Rayner and Adam Marchant, respectively.

Harry Neicho was run out to leave the home side three wickets down, but captain Joe Craddock and Copper began the recovery, with both going on to reach half-centuries.

Craddock reached 53 before he was dismissed by Marchant (2-42), while Copper made 55 before he was run out by Smith.

Houghton (2-17) had success in a brief four-over spell, with Philip Reynolds and Gary Hynes also getting among the wickets as South Woodford’s lower order chased runs late on.

South Woodford players celebrate a wicket against Billericay (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)South Woodford players celebrate a wicket against Billericay (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Smith dismissed last man Garry Neicho to secure a seven-run win with eight balls remaining to give Billericay a boost ahead of their league opener at home to Orsett next weekend.

South Woodford start their campaign with a trip to Harold Wood.

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