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Cricket: Harold Wood beat leaders Hutton to cut gap at top

PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 July 2018

Harold Wood CC (batting) vs Hutton CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Harold Wood Park on 7th July 2018

Harold Wood CC (batting) vs Hutton CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Harold Wood Park on 7th July 2018

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Harold Wood inflicted only a second defeat of the season on Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One leaders Hutton to cut the gap at the top of the table to 48 points at the midway point of the season.

Harold Wood CC (batting) vs Hutton CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Harold Wood Park on 7th July 2018Harold Wood CC (batting) vs Hutton CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Harold Wood Park on 7th July 2018

Captain Craig Perrin chose to bat first and saw Mdaminul Isalm Shihan (20) and Raihan Hussain (39) make starts, before Mitchell Fenn (3-33) reduced Wood to 89-3.

Shahbaz Khan (24) put on 56 with Perrin, while Hamzah Ikram (31) added 58, before both fell to Vivian Paver (2-33).

And Perrin shared a further 55 for the eight wicket with Taqi Abbas, before finally succumbing for 92 to Jonathan Mowll, having hit a six and 12 fours in his 114-ball innings.

Abbas struck two sixes and four fours in his unbeaten 34 from 25 balls as Wood closed on 281-8, with Ed Abel Smith (2-43) nabbing a late brace for Hutton.

Harold Wood CC (batting) vs Hutton CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Harold Wood Park on 7th July 2018Harold Wood CC (batting) vs Hutton CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Harold Wood Park on 7th July 2018

But the visitors reached 85 without loss as Adam Holdgate (41) and Paver made a solid start, before Khan and Abbas began to make inroads.

Australian Paver fell two runs short of a fifty after hitting eight fours, but Joseph Parry (37) and Connor Whetstone (38) put on 72 for the sixth wicket.

They fell in quick succession, though, and Wood wrapped up a 55-run win in the 46th over as Abbas (3-36), Khan and Ikram (both 2-49), Hafiz Yawar Afzal, Harry Thompson and Joe Stallibrass all had success with the ball.

Harold Wood CC (batting) vs Hutton CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Harold Wood Park on 7th July 2018Harold Wood CC (batting) vs Hutton CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Harold Wood Park on 7th July 2018

Harold Wood CC (batting) vs Hutton CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Harold Wood Park on 7th July 2018Harold Wood CC (batting) vs Hutton CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Harold Wood Park on 7th July 2018

Harold Wood CC (batting) vs Hutton CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Harold Wood Park on 7th July 2018Harold Wood CC (batting) vs Hutton CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Harold Wood Park on 7th July 2018

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