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Worly move a step closer


By Sports Newmarket


A century from Graham Ford helped Worlington (340-6) beat Hadleigh (160) by 180 runs on Saturday, taking another step closer towards winning the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One title in the process.

TOP PERFORMANCE: Ford hit numerous boundaries on his way to three figures
TOP PERFORMANCE: Ford hit numerous boundaries on his way to three figures

Opener Ford scored 105 runs – including 10 fours and three sixes – before he fell to the bowling of Ash Clark.

Ashan Athurkoralage also weighed in with a hefty 85, while James Watson’s 71 helped push the leaders towards the 350 mark after 50 overs.

In reply, none of Hadleigh’s top seven batsmen scored more than 22 runs as Worlington shared the wickets around.

CENTURION: Graham Ford
CENTURION: Graham Ford

Clark – batting at number eight – top-scored for the visitors with 46, but by that point Worlington were already well on their way to victory.

Lee Thompson took figures of 3-45, while there were two wickets each for Matthew Wittish and Nuwan Jayasena.

The result means Worlington – with four matches left to play of the campaign – are 52 points clear of second-placed Halstead.

GOOD KNOCK: Craig Estlea is sent packing after scoring 85 runs
GOOD KNOCK: Craig Estlea is sent packing after scoring 85 runs

Next on the agenda is a trip to in-form Witham, who currently occupy fourth position (1pm).

In June’s reverse fixture Worlington won by a massive 213 runs, thanks in part to a century from Ziaf Kulasim, while Mark Nunn took four wickets with the ball.



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