Harold Wood sink Woodford Wells in Essex League Division One

PUBLISHED: 08:00 15 August 2016

Richard Brabner celebrates a wicket for Harold Wood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Richard Brabner celebrates a wicket for Harold Wood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Brabner and Hussain impress to keep hopes alive

Harold Wood kept their Essex League Division One promotion hopes alive with a comfortable win over Woodford Wells.

Captain Richard Brabner led the way with the ball, taking four wickets, before Raihan Hussain hit 87 off just 71 balls to set up their six-wicket success.

Wells captain Joe Johnson chose to bat after winning the toss, but Maruf Chowdhury struck early with the new ball for Wood and Johnson was trapped leg before by Shahbaz Khan to leave his side 29-2.

Brabner dismissed the dangerous Michael Arblaster soon after, but Tanveer Shah and Jonathan Gaffney (25) got together to produce a 68-run stand, before Chowdhury (3-33) took two wickets in two balls to leave the hosts 103-5.

Shah fell seven runs short of a half-century, having hit five fours, to Wood’s young leg-spinner Zohran Afzal (2-40), who also dismissed Rory Ellison to leave Wells 116-7.

Nadeem Shaikh gave Gareth James (33) some support, before becoming Brabner’s second victim, and the Wood skipper took the final two wickets to fall to finish with excellent figures of 4-30 as Wells were all out for 161.

Hussain dominated a 52-run opening stand with Mdaminul Islam Shihan, who was dismissed by Shaikh, and hit a six and 14 fours before he was second man out with the score on 125, bowled by Ellison.

Chowdhury and Khan fell for single-figure scores to Louis Poynter and Ellison (2-38), but Craig Perrin (31 not out) and Mohammed Fahad saw Wood home without further loss as they reached their target in the 30th over.

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