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Wanstead book Essex League Cup final spot

PUBLISHED: 09:30 15 August 2016

Mohammed Fayyaz Khan in bowling action for Wanstead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Mohammed Fayyaz Khan in bowling action for Wanstead (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Shenfield miss out after high-scoring semi-final defeat

Hassan Chowdhury top scored for Wanstead in their semi-final win (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Hassan Chowdhury top scored for Wanstead in their semi-final win (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Wanstead booked their place in the final of the Essex League Cup after a comfortable win over Hadleigh yesterday.

But Shenfield missed out on the showpiece event after going down to Chelmsford in their high-scoring semi-final tie.

Hadleigh chose to bat first at Overton Drive, but James Fitzgerald (2-31) struck two early blows with the new ball to reduce them to 8-2.

Nabeel Aziz ended a 61-run stand for the third wicket, with Mohammed Fayyaz Khan (4-57) then picking up four wickets to help restrict the visitors to 218-7 from their 45 overs.

Jack Kliber in batting action for Shenfield (pic: TGSPHOTO)Jack Kliber in batting action for Shenfield (pic: TGSPHOTO)

Owen Lynch scored 102 for the visitors, but Wanstead openers Arfan Akram and Hassan Chowdhury put on 110 in reply.

Akram was first to fall, having hit nine fours in his 52 off 58 balls, and in-form Chowdhury went on to reach 85 off 93 deliveries, having hit five sixes and six fours.

Tom Cummins fell cheaply, but Feroze Khushi finished unbeaten on 45 alongside Adnan Akram as Herons – top of the Essex League Premier Division table with three matches remaining – kept hopes of a double alive as they reached their target in the 39th over.

Shenfield, meanwhile, piled up 327-6 on their own turf after being put into bat by Chelmsford.

But it wasn’t enough as the visitors secured a there-wicket win with 14 balls to spare.

Skipper Jack Kliber clubbed four sixes and 12 fours in his 113 off just 97 balls and shared stands of 68 and 117 with John Walter (22) and Ryan Plom (37).

Jamie Walton played the supporting role in stands of 71 with Jack Potticary, who clubbed 49 off 28 balls, and 55 with Arshad Ali, who hit 42 off 21 deliveries.

Walton fell for 34 late on and Chelmsford slipped to 29-3 in reply as George Duke and James Kliber had early success with the ball.

A fourth wicket fell with the score on 64, but half-centuries from captain James Clifford (51) and Bradley Green (52) got Chelmsford on track before falling to Frank Austin to leave them 175-6 and the home side still looking favourites.

But Lee Cranmer (74 not out) put on 51 with Oliver Devenish and then shared an unbroken 102 for the seventh wicket with Karamat Ali, who hit an unbeaten 54 off just 31 balls to see his side home.

*There was more good news for Wanstead as their youngsters held Brentwood to 126-9 in the semi-finals of the Peter Coe Cup and reached the target in 19 overs.

Victory allowed the young Herons to set up a final meeting with neighbours South Woodford at the County Ground, Chelmsford after they beat Springfield by 23 runs in their tie.

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