Hopes sink in basement battle

Harold Wood celebrated their first win of the season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Harold Wood celebrated their first win of the season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO) - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Harold Wood and Ilford frustrated by rain

Action from the Premier Division clash between Harold Wood (batting) and Ilford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TG

Action from the Premier Division clash between Harold Wood (batting) and Ilford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO) - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Harold Wood’s Essex League Premier Division basement battle with Ilford was abandoned after the heavens opened across Essex at the weekend.

Captain Richard Brabner chose to bat after winning the toss, with the match reduced to 39 overs per side after a delayed start.

But he saw Raihan Hussain fall to Hendro Puchert without scoring and the same bowler removed Burham Mahmood (23) and claimed a third scalp as the hosts slipped to 34-3.

Kris Ali was trapped leg before by former Wood skipper Shaz Hafeez with the score on 53, but Brabner and Shahbaz Khan fought back with a 72-run stand for the fifth wicket.

A Harold Wood batsman hits out against Ilford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

A Harold Wood batsman hits out against Ilford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO) - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO


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Brabner contributed 11 runs before he became Hafeez’s second victim, with Maruf Chowdhury following soon after to leave Wood 127-6.

Chris Bennett held firm for a while to give Khan support, before succumbing to slow left-armer Theeban Tavarasa.

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And Khan was two runs short of an unbeaten century with Wood 178-7 after 35 overs when a storm hit.

No further play was possible after that deluge, with Puchert (3-31) and Hafeez (3-34) the pick of Ilford’s attack.

Ilford's Shaz Hafeez shares a joke with an umpire on his return to former club Harold Wood (pic: Gav

Ilford's Shaz Hafeez shares a joke with an umpire on his return to former club Harold Wood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO) - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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