Cricket: Wanstead hold off Gidea Park & Romford
PUBLISHED: 10:17 29 April 2018 | UPDATED: 07:30 01 May 2018
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Wanstead booked their place in the second round of the Essex League Cup with a one-run win over Gidea Park & Romford.
After choosing to bat first, the Herons saw Arfan Akram and stand-in skipper Hassan Chowdhury put on 178 for the first wicket.
Chowdhury was first to fall for 84, having hit seven sixes and five fours in his 77-ball innings, and Akram followed after reaching 110 off 118 deliveries, with four sixes and nine fours.
That left the defending ECB National Club champions on 235-2, with Aron Nijjar (39) and Bilal Patel (37) adding further quick runs to help lift the total to a challenging 335-6.
Toufik Billah (2-48) and Adam McKie (2-50) nabbed braces for Park, who slipped to 66-4 in reply as Zain Shahzad (2-27), Nijjar and Brandon Lord had early success.
Captain Jamal Francis began a rebuilding job with Sam Hewitt, though, and the pair eventually shared 186 for the fifth wicket.
Hewitt was eventually dismissed by Jack Lord for 82 off just 66 balls, having hit two sixes and 10 fours, but Francis kept going and was unbeaten on 128 from 110 deliveries, having hit four sixes and eight fours, when bad light stopped play after 46.2 overs.
Wanstead were declared winners by the slenderest of margins by the Duckworth Lewis method, which proved heartbreaking for Park after running them so close.
Oakfield Parkonians were beaten by Stanford in another tie after dismissing the visitors for 218.
Sifth Ali (2-28), Baldeep Mann (2-33) and Aman Ali (2-45) took two wickets apiece for Parks, who were all out for 124 in 36 overs in reply.
Ali (39) top scored for the hosts, with captain Dave Rai and Mann the only other Parks batsmen to make double figures.