Sherzai takes four wickets as Wanstead Thirds beat South Woodford Thirds (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Walid Sherzai took four wickets as Wanstead and Snaresbrook Thirds beat South Woodford Thirds by six wickets
Third XI Premier Division
Walid Sherzai took four wickets to ease Wanstead and Snaresbrook Thirds to a six-wicket win at home to South Woodford Thirds.
Having opted to bat first, Shravan Sheth (50) and Adam Overton (34) laid down solid foundations for the away side.
South Woodford could not build from there though, and declared on 148 for seven, with Sherzai (four for 47) doing the damage.
Ayran Gupta (53 not out) and Giri Rathakrishnan (31 not out) helped overcome a slow start to guide Wanstead to a winning total of 149 for four.
Tahmoor Nawaz finished with two for 35 for South Woodford.
Woodford Wells Thirds leapfrogged Hainault and Clayhall Thirds into fifth with a 21-run away win.
Having won the toss and elected to bat, the visitors made 151 before being removed after 33 overs.
The hosts faltered with the bat after opener Owais Abdur-Rehman hit 23; Asfaq Ahmad (42) making the biggest contribution to a total of 130.
Rishi Roy-Mukherjee picked up five wickets for Wells, conceding 67 runs in 21 overs.
Mark D’Cruz took five for 33 as Buckhurst Hill Thirds slumped to a four-wicket loss at home to Upminster Thirds.
Buckhurst were abject at the crease and were removed for just 66, with Qaiser Khan their 39-run top-scorer.
D’Cruz was assisted by Andrew Berry, who finished with two for five and eight maidens for his ten-over spell.
Shahid Maan took five for 30 for the hosts, who started brightly with the ball, removing six Upminster wickets.
Daniel Tyler (20 not out) and Berry (one not out) scored the winning runs for the relieved visitors.
Third XI Division One
Some fine lower-order hitting could not prevent second-place Wanstead and Snaresbrook Fourths from losing by 36 runs at Chingford Thirds.
The hosts’ batsmen dictated proceedings from the off, with David Terrace (73) and Christopher Stephens (68) putting up big scores.
Wanstead’s bowling attack could not prevent the flow and the hosts declared on 270 for six.
A slow start looked likely to undermine a serious Wanstead run chase before Sifith Ali (60), Dev Patel (43) and Muhammad Arish (35) offered some late resistance.
Richard Offord took five for 64 for Chingford as the away side were bowled out for 234.
Second-bottom Wanstead and Snaresbrook Thirds enjoyed an important two-wicket win at Harold Wood Thirds.
The hosts set a target of 184, with Fives reaching 185 for eight to bring themselves within ten points of third-bottom Wood.
Third XI Division Two
Loughton Thirds crushed West Essex Thirds by seven wickets to keep up their promotion push.
Hosts West Essex could only muster 116 all out, with Ollie Carter’s 62 pivotal in reaching that score.
Zain Saleem added 28 before the tail collapsed and Harry Watson (five for 42) took advantage.
Naved Ali opened with 38 in reply and Mark Redpath hit an unbeaten 33 to see Loughton 120 for three.
Third XI Division Three South
Woodford Fourths beat table-toppers Loughton Fourths by five wickets.
Batting first, visitors Loughton were removed for 247, with South Woodford hitting 249 for five to win.
Fourth XI Premier Division
Buckhurst Hill Fourths kept up their promotion push with a two-wicket success at Upminster Fifths.
Electing to bowl first, Buckhurst enjoyed a number of early breakthroughs, leaving their hosts on 109 for six.
Alfie James scored 40, dragging Upminster to a total of 140 all out.
Deep Chauhan finished with three for 18 and Ryan Small claimed two for 18 as Buckhurst took control.
The visitors laboured to the win, losing early wickets on their way to 144; Nick Wright’s late 25 invaluable.
Kevin Roome (four for 30) saw his early breakthroughs prove in vain.
A poor batting display saw Chingford Fourths crumble to an eight-wicket loss at Woodford Green in the battle of the top two.
Second-place Chingford batted first having won the toss but were removed for just 102.
Yaseen Farooq (20) and Howard Nicholson (18 not out) grabbed some runs in the middle-order but Matt Trim (four for 22) took control with the ball.
Trim (3) failed to follow on from his fine bowling display, before Chirag Trivedi (32) and Sanjay Patel (24) hit the winning runs.
Fourth XI Division Three
Oakfield Parkonians Fourths lost at Chingford Fifths by 48 runs but remain top of the league.
Having opted to bowl first to let the pitch dry out, Parks’ plans were hampered somewhat when Eshun Kalley suffered what later turned out to be a broken foot, after appearing to twist his ankle.
R.Akhtar (75) provided the mainstay of the Chingford innings before being removed by Tariq Jameel, who finished with four for 36.
A bright start for Parks was ended abruptly when Sohail Qureshi and Jameel were removed in quick succession.
David Tack and Jeevan Chahal put on 55 but three wickets fell with the score on 88 and the lower order found the task too difficult to chase and were all out for 125.