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Wanstead & Snaresbrook to play Shenfield in Premier Division title decider after convincing Ilford win
First XI Premier Division
A comprehensive ten-wicket win over Ilford means Wanstead & Snaresbrook will go head-to-head against league leaders Shenfield on Saturday, knowing only a win will see them retain the title.
Wanstead trail Shenfield by five points with one match to play, meaning only a victory will be enough to knock their opponents off top spot on the final day.
Ilford decided to bat first and after a strong start were bowled out for 195 with Joe Ellis-Grewal the main Wanstead threat. He took six for 46 from ten overs.
Wanstead were in ruthless form with the bat as openers John Chambers (76) and Arfan Akram, who hit a superb unbeaten 107, wrapped up the win without loss.
Looking ahead to the winner-takes-all clash this Saturday, skipper Akram said: “We’re really looking forward to the match, it’s a big challenge and it’s just great that we’ve been able to put ourselves in a position where we can win the league.
“Shenfield beat us earlier in the season but we had a weaker side out and we didn’t perform well at all.
“We’ve learned from that loss and we’ve played very well since then and we’re confident we can get the result we need. On our day we know we can beat anyone.”
Chingford suffered a four-wicket loss to South Woodford despite an impressive all-round display from Alfie Taylor which saw him hit 71 before taking four wickets.
Chingford were put into bat and Taylor shared an 81-run sixth-wicket partnership with Matthew O’Sullivan (28) as they posted 223.
In reply, opener Nick Browne hit an unbeaten 102 as the away team chased down the total in under 49 overs.
Buckhurst Hill, who have already been relegated, registered a gutsy win over fellow strugglers Upminster.
Hendro Puchert was the star of the show for Buckhurst, scoring 121 as the visitors posted an impressive 279. Alexander Maskell was also in fine form as he hit 91.
Upminster were then blown away with the bat as Usman Sahar took six for 30, helping Buckhurst bowl their opponents out for a meagre 91.
First XI Division One
Woodford Wells’ fight for survival will go to the final day of the season after they suffered a damaging defeat to fellow strugglers Harlow.
Wells lost the toss and were made to field as Harlow set a strong total of 246 for eight.
Peter McDermott helped stem the tide with three wickets in the middle order while Tom Clark claimed two.
Wells’ reply began solidly enough but too many batsmen failed to captalise on decent starts and the home side were eventually dismissed for 199.
The defeat means Wells are just three points ahead of Harlow and 13 points above the relegation spots before they visit Fives & Heronians on Saturday.
With the title already secured, Loughton showed no signs of letting up as they beat Wickford by five wickets.
Wickford chose to bat first and set a decent target of 201. Loughton’s Arslan Shahid and Misem Ali Syed-Zaidi took three wickets each.
In reply, Mahmad Ali Khail (45 not out) and Bilal Butt (49) helped steer the champions to another victory with five wickets to spare.
Fives and Heronians were relegated following a two-wicket loss to second-placed Harold Wood as Craig Sampson hit an unbeaten 130.
Batting first, bottom of the league Fives posted 219 before Sampson’s heroics ensured that promotion-chasing Harold Wood claimed a narrow victory.
First XI Division Three
Woodford Green were relegated following a 19-run loss to Pegasus & Corringham despite half-centuries from captain Hamaad Sayyed and Sean Martin.
Having been asked to take to the field first, Jagjit Singh took two for 53 as Peagasus posted 223 for five.
Although Sayyed and Martin both scored 62, the away side could only muster 204 for nine from their 50 overs.
Division Three winners West Essex were held to a sensational tie at Old Parkonians as both teams were bowled out for 157.
Choosing to bat first, Parkonians lost Shubhang Mehta to the second ball of the innings before 43 from Jibran Azam and 30 from Rushan Pandya helped them recover.
Three for 41 from Arshad Mughal restricted Parks to 157.
However, West Essex’s response faltered after opener Farhad Saleem departed for 43 and Haris Khan took four for 40 as the points were shared.
Epping lost at home to Basildon & Pitsea by 123 runs as the visitors continue to push for promotion.
Batting first, second-placed Basildon made 293 as Michael Gray (72) and Ben Munday (71) shared a 127-run fifth-wicket partnership with Ali Raza taking four for 57.
The home side’s response began badly, losing Lloyd Scott and Manni Bawa early as they were reduced to seven for two.
Opener Tom Hartington made 48 but Luke Daw took five for 22 for the away team as they bowled Epping out for 170.
Second XI Premier Division
Chingford Seconds pulled off a surprise five-wicket victory over South Woodford Seconds to move out of the relegation places.
Choosing to bat first, South Woodford declared on 204 for eight as Chris Wong hit 74. Neil Dial was the pick of the Chingford attack, taking three for 67.
In response, Nick Shawyer’s unbeaten 60 helped steady Chingford’s innings following a shaky start.
Bradley Cooper took four for 54 for the visitors but it wasn’t enough to prevent defeat.
Wanstead & Snaresbrook Seconds held on for a hard-earned draw against league leaders Ilford Seconds.
Ilford chose to bat first and posted an impressive 267 for nine after Abhay Bygott took four for 79.
Despite a positive start from Joseph Palmer (62) and Mehad Khan (43), a collapse in the middle order ruled out any chances of a Wanstead win.
But Bygott Jack Lord (nine not out) and Haseeb Chaudhri (12 not out) dug deep and held on for a draw.
Woodford Wells Seconds kept their survival hopes alive as they beat bottom-of-the-table Hornchurch Seconds by five wickets.
Hornchurch won the toss and chose to bat but were unable to stamp their authority on the game as they were bowled out for just 115.
That total proved an easy task for Wells, who rattled off the runs with five wickets to spare.
Second XI Division One
Buckhurst Hill Seconds wrapped up the title with a convincing five-wicket home win over second-placed Upminster Seconds.
Upminster, who are now 42 points behind with one game remaining, batted first. The visitors were however bowled out for a modest 119 as Daniel Platt and Sam Sullivan took three wickets each.
The home side reached their total comfortably with Hermes Michael Solomonides hitting 46.
Fives and Heronians Seconds kept their hopes of survival alive following a five-wicket win over fellow relegation battlers Harold Wood Seconds.
Asked to field first, Fives bowled Wood out for 230 with the home side chasing down the target in just over 48 overs.
Fives and Heronians Seconds will travel to Upminster Seconds requiring a victory and other results to go their way if they are to stave off relegation.
Loughton Seconds edged past Wickford Seconds away from home in a low-scoring match.
Wickford were bowled out for just 140 but Loughton made a modest total look better than it was.
With only one wicket to spare however, Loughton crawled over the line for their fifth win of the season.
Second XI Division Two
West Essex Seconds beat Horndon on the Hill Seconds by four wickets as they edged closer to securing their place in Division Two for another year.
Bowling first, Waqas Butt took four for 48 as Horndon declared on 203 for seven.
In response, the home side chased down the target with relative ease, with Omar Afzal making 72, despite Partiepaan Tavarasa taking five wickets.
Second XI Division Three
Epping Seconds secured a thrilling eight-run victory over Old Southendian & Southchurch as Sam Rashid took seven for 37.
Batting first, Gokul Balasubramanian hit an unbeaten 61 as Epping were bowled out for 112.
Despite posting a low total Rashid’s seven wickets saw the home side dismissed for 104 to hand the previously relegation-threatened side a vital win.
Woodford Green Seconds were held to a draw against Pegasus & Corringham after Mark Smith hit a half century.
Smith’s 63 and Jack Cossey’s 46 helped Woodford Green to finish on 249 for eight. Cossey then took two for 30 to restrict the away team to 158 for five as both teams shared the points.
Old Parkonians Seconds drew with promotion chasers Billericay Seconds, who batted first and posted 226 for six, with Mike Smith making 68 and Jack Pearce making 58.
In reply, the away side managed to secure the draw despite struggling to 189 for eight from their allotted overs.