Shenfield too strong for South Woodford in Essex League Premier Division

PUBLISHED: 12:30 28 August 2016

Haris Mahmood in batting action for Shenfield (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Haris Mahmood in batting action for Shenfield (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Young centurions set imposing target for strugglers

Shenfield claimed a resounding 121-run win over South Woodford in their Essex League Premier Division contest at the Courage Playing Fields.

And while victory maintained their hopes of a top-three finish, following promotion last season, defeat leaves South Woodford 16 points adrift of safety heading into the last match of the season.

Shenfield captain Jack Kliber chose to bat first after winning the toss and made a steady start with Harsh Kumar before falling to Harry Shirt with the score on 32.

Shirt also dismissed Jamie Walton, but Kumar and Haris Mahmood then put on a stunning 228 for the third wicket to put the home side well on top.

The youngsters held firm for 44 overs, before Kumar fell to Indi Wickramaratne for 123 after hitting three sixes and 16 fours in his 170-ball innings spanning four hours.

Wickramaratne dismissed Jack Potticary cheaply and ended Mahmood’s stay at the crease on 131, having hit five sixes and 15 fours in a 143-ball knock.

And there were further wickets for Shirt (3-55) and Wickramaratne (4-103) in the closing stages as Shenfield reached 313-7.

Tom Austin struck twice in the space of three balls to dismiss Peter Lazarus and James Swash and leave the visitors 12-2 in reply.

Michael Browne, Chris Wong and captain Joe Craddock fell to Matt Salisbury, Suhaib Sarwar and Arshad Ali, respectively, as the visitors slumped to 30-5, before Shirt and Kabir Rashid combined in a half-century stand.

Shirt hit three sixes and four fours to reach 37 off 31 balls, before succumbing to Ali with the score on 85.

Ali also accounted for Louis Cant, without scoring, to make it 98-7 in the 24th over, before Wickramaratne joined Rashid in the middle.

And the eighth-wicket pair put on 76, before Matt Salisbury returned to end Rashid’s defiant knock after hitting two sixes and 12 fours in his 80 from 89 balls.

Salisbury had Wickramaratne caught behind by Potticary for 30, having struck six boundaries, and then wrapped up the innings on 192 to finish with 3-31.

Shenfield visit Ilford in their last league match of the season, while South Woodford entertain relegation rivals Chingford.

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