Wells captain thrilled to see senior players step up in Gidea Park win

PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 August 2018

Woodford Wells bowler Chris Hall (centre) is congratulated by his team-mates after getting a wicket against Hainault & Clayhall (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Woodford Wells bowler Chris Hall (centre) is congratulated by his team-mates after getting a wicket against Hainault & Clayhall (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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After youngster Viraj Ghandi took 3-38 with the ball, Joe Johnson top scored with 76 to see Wells home

Jon Gaffney hailed the performance of his team and especially senior players Joe Johnson and Gareth James after Saturday’s crucial victory over Gidea Park & Romford in the Essex League Division One.

The visitors travelled to Gallows Corner off the back of a seven-game losing streak in all competitions, but halted the barren run in some style.

After restricting GPR to 208-9 off 50 overs, Wells got home with more than seven overs to spare with opener Johnson scoring an excellent 76 and James there at the end unbeaten on 37 not out.

“Joe put in a big performance and it was a match-winning innings for us along with Gareth scoring a crucial 37 not out,” said Gaffney.

“When Gareth came in the boat was rocking a bit and in other games, we have thrown away strong positions, so he really stepped up.

“It was great to see so many big players deliver and make sure we got over the line in a huge match.”

While Johnson, George Styles (49) and James took the plaudits with the bat, the initial work was done by the bowlers.

Youngster Viraj Ghandi caught the eye with 3-38 off his 10 overs while Rehan Iqbal (2-22) and George Ellis (2-20) also provided key contributions.

Gaffney added: “Viraj is a top youngster to have in the side and he will be a massive player for us during the remainder of the season.

“He has done fantastically well for his school, New Hall, and also Essex and hopefully he can continue this into our final few games.”

Despite Saturday’s seven-wicket win, Wells remain bottom, but they are now only six off Gidea Park in eighth place.

“Saturday was a massive, massive win and it puts us in with a shout of survival now,” said Gaffney.

“We were beginning to get cut away from the others and when you get on a run of losses it can be so hard to turn it around.

“But we put in a real team performance to get the win and we now have a good shout of staying up again.”

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