Lazarus leads South Woodford past Hornchurch in Essex League Premier Division
PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 August 2016
Strugglers turn tables in high-scoring contest
Peter Lazarus hit an unbeaten century as South Woodford upset Hornchurch with a five-wicket win in their Essex League Premier Division contest.
Rashidi Boucher smashed an unbeaten 109 off just 75 balls, with 10 sixes and seven fours, as the visitors piled up 301-7.
But it wasn’t enough as Lazarus replied with 116 not out and Harry Shirt’s cameo innings helped seal victory with two overs to spare.
Stand-in Hornchurch captain Paul Murray chose to bat first after winning the toss, with skipper Roy Smith absent.
And the left-hander put on 44 with Jamie Sorrell (22), before Shirt made the breakthrough for the hosts.
Billy Gordon (30) put on 68 for the second wicket Murray (40), before both fell in quick succession to leave Hornchurch 115-3 after 26 overs.
Michael Bones (25) put on 49 with Boucher, before he was run out by Joe Craddock, but Mitch Gilbert made just a single before being run out by Shirt.
Mo Shah contributed 17 to a 64-run stand with Boucher before falling to Shirt (2-50), with Marc Whitlock (20) adding another 62 for the seventh wicket.
West Indian Boucher finished unbeaten on 109 as the visitors passed the 300 mark,
Richard Browne fell cheaply in reply to Lewis Byford, but Craddock put on 104 with Lazarus, hitting nine fours in his 49 off 53 balls, before being bowled by Mohib Shah.
James Swash his 70 off 57 balls, including seven fours, in a 111-run partnership with Lazarus, before succumbing to Whitlock, who also trapped Harry Neicho leg before after Murray had dismissed Jamie Carroll.
That left South Woodford 257-5, but Shirt helped Lazarus turn the game back their way, hitting five boundaries in his 33 from just 19 balls.
Lazarus struck a six and 11 fours in his 131-ball innings as South Woodford gave their survival hopes a notable boost, pulling to within two points of safety, while Hornchurch have slipped to fourth and are now 47 points off top spot.