Malik makes mark for Harold Wood

PUBLISHED: 14:27 06 July 2017

Harold Wood's Afra Malik (pic Graham Hodges)

Harold Wood's Afra Malik (pic Graham Hodges)


Teenager hits ton on return to action

Afra Malik made an impact with bat and ball on his return to action for Harold Wood seconds.

Malik had missed three weeks of action due to exams, but took 2-38 with his leg-spin bowling as Wickford were held to 183-9.

Luke Hammatt (4-32) and Richard Bonner (2-13) also had success with the ball, before Malik hit an unbeaten 107 and shared an unbroken 120-run stand with George Bryant (51 not out) to see Wood to a nine-wicket win.

The thirds were also celebrating after derby success against Billericay, who made 222-6.

Stephen Holmes (63 not out) and Max Laen-Gay (56) top scored for Billericay, but Matt Sewell replied with 61 for Wood, as Ricky Cooper (34), Anthony McManus (32) and Ajay Sahni (24) helped seal a three-wicket victory.

Chris Clarke hit his second century of the season to steer the fourths to a seven-wicket triumph over Harlow Town thirds.

Zoe Quested (3-31) was the pick of the Wood bowling as Town made 251-8, before Clarke (122) and Justin Palfreyman (91) combined well with the bat.

But the fifths fell to a five-wicket defeat against Hornchurch, after being dismissed for 153.

Ross Wooding (34) top scored, with Ian Gooding (30) also making a start, as Dan Cassettari (3-25), John Moody (2-16), George Maydell (2-24) and Sam Maydell (2-30) combined for Hornchurch.

Gary Barnacle (54) piloted Hornchurch to their target, as Peter Norris (27 not out) and Sam Harvey (25) also chipped in, with Steve Ashlin (2-12) nabbing a brace in consolation for Wood.

Ricky Cooper (72), Malik (64) and Bryant (49) were in the runs on Sunday as Wood’s B team made 270 against Maylands Green in a friendly.

Lee Bennett took 3-27 as Green were restricted to 206-9 in reply.

Wood seamer Harry Thompson is due to represent the Club Cricket Conference against Namibia at Stanmore today (Thursday).

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