Harold Wood keep promotion hopes alive in Essex League Division One

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 August 2016

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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Orsett beaten by Brabner’s men

Raihan Hussain and Maruf Chowdhury hit unbeaten half-centuries in an impressive stand to see Harold Wood to victory against Orsett in Essex League Division One.

The duo combined in an unbroken 139-run partnership to see Wood to a seven-wicket success, which keeps their promotion hopes alive heading into the final match of the season.

Wood trail second-placed Southend by three points in the race to join neighbours Upminster in the top flight in 2017 and visit Hadleigh next weekend.

Orsett captain Paul Bennett chose to bat after winning the toss, but opening partner Umar Ayub was trapped leg before by Shahbaz Khan without scoring and Umad Sultan followed for a fourth-ball duck to leave them 4-2.

Maruf Chowdhury (2-30) struck at the other end, as Craig Perrin held on to a pair of catches, to reduce the visitors to 21-4 in the 10th over, but Orsett then rallied thanks to an 88-run stand.

Debutant Joe Stallibrass (4-24) ended the fifth-wicket partnership with the first of his four wickets, with Bennett eventually dismissed for 65, having hit 10 fours in a 98-ball innings.

And Waqas Shafique (2-37) got in on the act with the last two wickets to wrap the innings up on 170 in the 47th over.

In-form Hussain was quickly into his stride in reply, but George Pavitt claim three wickets in quick succession at the other end to leave Wood 33-3 in the seventh over.

That was as good as it got for the visitors, though, as Hussain and Chowdhury combined to good effect with the bat to see Wood home without any further loss.

Hussain hit a six and 10 fours in his unbeaten 71, from 84 balls, while Chowdhury was the more aggressive of the pair as he struck two sixes and 15 fours in a 57-ball 87.

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