Ilford cut down Harold Wood
PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 May 2017
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Essex all-rounder Zaidi leaves hosts in a spin
Ilford proved too strong for Harold Wood in their Essex League Cup first-round tie to earn a home date with Southend at Valentines Park next weekend.
Captain Shaz Hafeez chose to bat first after winning the toss against his former club and Hamza Muhammad put on 71 for the first wicket with Muhammad Laeeq Akhtar (42), before falling for 40 with the score on 115.
Mohammed Fahad claimed the scalps of both opening batsmen, while Wood captain Richard Brabner had Essex all-rounder Ashar Zaidi caught behind by Craig Perrin for just 19.
Saf Imtiaz went on to score 59, with Nishad Deven Gabhawala hitting an unbeaten 100 as Premier Division Ilford closed on 319-4, with Akash Raji (38 not out) also at the crease.
Division One outfit Wood saw Raihan Hussain fall cheaply in reply, but Mdaminul Isalm Shihan (66) and Perrin (29) shared a second-wicket stand before both fell to Zaidi’s left-arm spin.
Shahbaz Khan was stumped by Imtiaz off the bowling of Zaidi, with Gabhawala (2-38) nabbing a brace of wickets in the middle order as Wood fell away.
Brabner also succumbed to Zaidi (4-20), but Waqas Shafique offered some late resistance with an unbeaten 51 before Hafeez dismissed last man Zohran Afzal to seal a 95-run win for his side.
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