Harold Wood hold on to draw with South Woodford

PUBLISHED: 08:00 15 May 2017

Harry Shirt of South Woodford (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Harry Shirt of South Woodford (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Last-wicket pair deny rivals victory in Essex League Division One

Waqas Shafique in bowling action for Harold Wood (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Waqas Shafique in bowling action for Harold Wood (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Honours finished even as Harold Wood’s last-wicket pair held on to deny South Woodford in their Essex League Division One contest.

Captain Richard Brabner put the visitors into bat after winning the toss and saw Kasey Harris (38) put on 85 with skipper Joe Craddock.

Waqas Shafique made the breakthrough and Maruf Chowdhury added a second wicket just a few balls later, but Craddock then put on 91 for the third wicket with Bradley Copper, who hit four fours in his 43 before falling to Shafique.

Wasim Khalid and Shafique (3-57) had further success to leave South Woodford 214-6, but Craddock went on to reach his century, hitting a six and 13 fours in a 147-ball 103 before being dismissed by Khalid (3-50).

The visitors closed on 234-7 and, after Wood’s openers put on 47, saw Harry Shirt begin to make inroads with the ball.

Shirt claimed the first four wickets to fall to leave Wood wobbling on 70-4, after Mdaminul Isalm Shihan (30) had hit a six and four fours in a 32-ball cameo.

Shahbaz Khan (28) and Chowdhury steadied the ship with a 42-run stand, but Wood then lost another cluster of wickets to Haider Ali Syed Zaidi and Copper (3-37) find themselves in trouble at 133-8.

Chowdhury went on to reach 64 off 60 balls, hitting 10 fours, before Shirt (5-51) ended his resistance and left South Woodford needing one more wicket for victory.

But last man Zohran Afzal survived eight balls alongside Shafique, who faced 53 deliveries for his eight runs as Wood closed on 172-9.

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