Cricket: Billericay get better of Harold Wood
PUBLISHED: 14:00 06 May 2018
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Billericay got the better of Harold Wood in their Essex League Cup derby by a resounding 207-run margin.
Put into bat by the home side, Premier Division new boys Billericay made a challenging 276-7 off the back of half-centuries from Darren Ironside (75) and Essex staffer Paul Walter (61).
Aaron Curtis (37) and David Houghton (28) also made starts, while Wasim Khalid (2-5) and Shahbaz Khan (2-52) nabbed braces for Division One outfit Wood.
The home side were then skittled for just 69 in 21 overs as left-armer Walter (3-24), Robert Rayner (2-6) and Ross Poulton (2-1) picked up wickets at regular intervals.
Billericay begin life back in the top flight with a home match against Ilford next weekend, while Wood face a derby date at Upminster, who went out of the cup at Chingford.
Alfie Taylor hit 105 and shared in a century opening stand with Ben MacGregor to lead Chingford to 242-5, as Upminster captain Nick Ison (2-56) nabbed a brace.
The visitors lost Shahbaz Butt cheaply in reply, but youngsters Kiran Kullar (23) and Louis Pickering put on 79 for the second wicket.
Pickering hit nine fours in his 61 from 76 balls, with club stalwarts Shafiq Rahman (36) and Terry Wyatt (25) putting on 62 for the fourth wicket.
But Upminster slipped from 163-3 to 183-9 as Liam Lannen (3-28) and Essex staffer Matt Quinn (2-22) made inroads and were eventually beaten by 49 runs.