Harold Wood hold on against Hadleigh

PUBLISHED: 14:00 29 May 2017

Harold Wood players celebrate a wicket (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Harold Wood players celebrate a wicket (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Brabner’s men draw positives from Division One clash

Harold Wood had to dig deep to earn a draw against Hadleigh in their Essex League Division One contest.

Captain Richard Brabner sent the visitors into bat and saw Shahbaz Khan and Hamzah Ikram strike early with the new ball to reduce them to 19-2.

But Kevin Renecke and Sam Handley then put on 156 for the third wicket, before Joe Stallibrass had Renecke caught by Khan for 71.

Stallibrass struck again soon after, but Handley went on to complete his hundred before being stumped by Craig Perrin off the bowling of Khan for 101.

Jack Wagstaff and Ashley Bennett hit out late on to lift Hadleigh to 277-7, after Khan (3-64) claimed another scalp.

And Wood lost Mdaminul Isalm Shihan with only two runs on the board in reply, before Perrin (36) put on 74 with Raihan Hussain.

Anthony Grosvenor ended their stand and also dismissed Hussain for 50, after he hit two sixes and six fours in a 55-ball innings.

Ikram followed cheaply, with Khan (21) also succumbing to Grosvenor to leave Wood 147-5.

Craig Sampson followed cheaply with the score on 166, but Maruf Chowdhury went on to make 51 from 40 balls, including two sixes and six fours, before becoming Grosvenor’s fifth victim.

Waqas Shafique was the eighth Wood batsman to fall, with the score on 209, but Wasim Khalid (26 not out) and Stallibrass held firm in the closing overs to secure the draw at 225-8.

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