Cricket: Stanford pipped by West Essex

Stanford-le-Hope 2nd XI – 200-8 (52 overs)
West Essex 2nd XI – 202-3 (45.2 overs)
Stanford (9 points)
West Essex (20 points)

STANFORD played host to West Essex this week and despite a creditable batting performance were left to rue a string of dropped catches as the visitors blasted their way to a seven wicket victory.

After being asked to bat on a stiflingly hot day Stanford set about building a challenging total on what has proved a difficult wicket to bat on this season. Opener Jordan Dodd (45) and Robert Page (52) were the mainstay of the innings with a useful 29 from 15-year-old Jack Carter securing full batting points for the home side. M Ali picking up figures of 5-49 off 16 overs for the visitors.

After tea Stanford were once again left to defend their total with a depleted bowling attack but didn’t do themselves any favours in the field. A string of dropped catches hurt the home side’s efforts to halt West Essex, most notably centurion M Islam who was dropped three times on his way to a match winning unbeaten 103. Omar Afzal (30) and Saleem (29) also made valuable contributions. Andrew Love picked up 2-55 off his 16 overs and Neil Fuller took the other West Essex wicket.

Next week Stanford travel up the A13 for a local derby with Belhus.

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