Harold Wood topple champions

PUBLISHED: 08:22 06 July 2015

Harold Wood celebrated their first win of the season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Harold Wood celebrated their first win of the season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Hussain and Khan shine in first win

Richard Brabner in bowling action for Harold Wood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Richard Brabner in bowling action for Harold Wood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Harold Wood came out on top against defending Essex League Premier Division champions Chingford to claim their first win of the season and climb out of the relegation places.

Put into bat by the visitors, Wood lost Burhan Mahmood early on, with Hamzah Ikram following him back to the pavilion with the score on 47.

Hamza Ahmeed hit nine boundaries in his 62, though, and put on 78 with Raihan Hussain, but Shahbaz Khan fell cheaply to leave Wood 133-4.

Hussain hit five sixes and six fours in his 79 as the home side closed on 222-9 and Khan dismissed the dangerous Alfie Taylor cheaply in reply.

Stand-in skipper Richard Brabner struck at the other end to send Jack Potticary packing, before Khan (4-33) claimed three more wickets in quick succession to leave Chingford 64-5.

Brabner picked up his second victim without addition to the score and Mahmood got in on the act to leave Chingford in deep trouble at 84-7.

But Jack Preddey and Liam Lannen dug in with a century stand for the eighth wicket to set Wood nerves jangling.

Lannen had just reached his half-century and led Chingford to within 39 runs of their target when Brabner (3-47) found a way through his defences.

And Preddey could only look on from the other end, finishing unbeaten on 72, as Maruf Chowdhury (2-15) dismissed tailenders Lenny Daniels and Kerry Marriott to clinch a much-needed and morale-boosting 11-run win for Wood.

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