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Whispering Wood

PUBLISHED: 09:30 09 June 2015

Harold Wood in batting action at South Woodford (pic: Graham Hedges)

Harold Wood in batting action at South Woodford (pic: Graham Hedges)

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Chris Bennett blogs about life at Harold Wood CC

With a few of the main players that prop up the bar away in Las Vegas, a rare quiet weekend took place at the Wood, a relatively peaceful curry to end a long day in the sun.

Harold Wood’s first team were away at South Woodford. With a 9:30am meet at the club and an 8:15pm finish a near 12-hour cricket shift was endured. Some big hitting from Maruf Chowdhury in particular as the ones posted 263 in their 64 overs.

The ones reduced South Woodford to 56-5 but were unable to force the victory thanks to some strong resistance from the oppositions overseas all rounder.

The twos made it five wins from their first five games with a hard fought victory over promotion chasing Gidea Park. Richard Bonner scored 15*, took a five wicket haul and then run out the last batsman to win the game.

An inspirational performance in his first ever game captaining the Wood. This was also Kevin Gibson’s comeback performance. On Monday morning apparently he ‘struggled to put his socks on’.

The threes posted 207 but were unable to get over the line against Fives. Having scored 207 they were unable to take the final wicket. A special mention goes to Henry Eades for managing to run a batsman out at the keepers end despite aiming at the non-striker’s stumps.

The fourth team managed to defend 142 winning by 10 runs in a close-fought match. As always, experience won out with Dean Eades, Michael Rowe, Sean Boswell and Jay Griggs picking up the nine wickets between them.

Well done to Kai Geere for three catches and no byes in his first men’s game with the gloves.

The fifths won yet again with Bilal Mohammad (120*) leading the way with the bat. Currently with an average of 327 it appears that Essex may be requiring his services in the near future.

On Sunday the first team took on Belhus. The opposition posted 270 in the first innings whilst Harold Wood ended up short on 210 despite Burhan Mahmood blasting 47 in the first 8 overs of the innings.

In a very close game the women’s team lost having posted 200 in the first innings the opposition chased the score 8 wickets down. Well done to Emily Smith and Hannah Courtnell for 50s.

Harold Wood Cricket Club in conjunction with Simply Cricket is running a player of the weekend award throughout this season. Richard Bonner won the award this weekend for his all round heroics. He joins such illustrious names as a winner of the award as Ian Wooding, Anthony McManus, Liam Brooks and Chris Clarke.


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