Cricket: Ellis shines as Stanford hang on to draw West Essex

West Essex 2nd XI: 174 all out
Stanford-le-Hope 2nd XI: 153-9
Match drawn

Stanford skipper Drew Robinson won the toss and decided to put West Essex into bat on a damp wicket.

The home side immediately struggled to make runs with only Omar Afzal (59) getting to grips with conditions. Bowlers Matt Higgins (3-47 off 18 overs) and Greg Cohen (5-78 off 23 overs) took wickets at regular intervals and if it wasn’t for cameos by Ahmed (18) and Aslam (19) West Essex would have struggled to make a competitive total.

174 proved to be more than competitive on this wicket and despite a battling 78 from Stanford opener Alex Ellis, Duncan Page (15) and Jordan Dodd (14), were the only other Stanford batsman to make it into double figures. The game ended with Stanford 22 runs short of victory but managing to cling on to a draw. Usman Aslam (5-45 off 21 overs) and Murad Ali (4-44 off 13 overs) preventing a third successive victory for Stanford-le-Hope.

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