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Chingford, Buckhurst Hill and South Woodford lose last games of the season in Essex League Premier Division
11:52am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Football
First XI Premier Division
With Wanstead & Snaresbrook sealing the title, Chingford suffered a narrow ten-run defeat against Upminster in a game that was reduced to 35 overs per side because of rain.
Asked to take to the field first, Chingford’s Ryan Harris and Liam Lannen took three wickets apiece to bowl the visitors out for a low total of 169.
The home sides’ response got off to a good start with the top four all making more than 20 runs – opener Daniel Lawrence’s 41 the highest score – but following their dismissals Chingford’s batting line-up collapsed and they were bowled out for 159.
Buckhurst Hill, who were relegated two weeks ago, fell to a five-wicket loss against Brentwood at home, although there was an impressive all-round display from Mohib Shah.
Having chosen to bat after winning the toss, Buckhurst Hill captain Ian Russell struck 47 before a brief cameo from Shah saw him smash 26 off 21 balls, hitting one four and two sixes, as the home side were bowled out for 171.
Four quick wickets from Usman Sahar (three for 43) and Shah (two for 28) reduced the visitors to 13 for four but Brentwood built an imposing fifth-wicket stand to claim the victory.
South Woodford suffered a disappointing end to their season after they lost to lowly Colchester and East Essex by three wickets.
It wasn’t enough to prevent Colchester being relegated, while South Woodford finish the campaign in a very respectable fourth.
Choosing to bat first, South Woodford managed 167 with Jake McMullen hitting 65 from number three.
It looked a modest total and so it proved as Colchester chalked off the runs for the loss of seven wickets. James Malin was the most potent of Woodford’s bowlers with four for 39.
First XI Division One
Five and Heronians endured a torrid end to their season as they fell to a nine-wicket loss at home to Woodford Wells, with the away team securing their place in the division for another year.
Having won the toss and chosen to bat first, Terry Ballard hit 84 and Amanudin Ramly contributed 67 as the home side were bowled out for 265 in just under 50 overs.
Despite Woodford Wells losing an early wicket in reply, an unbeaten stand between Andrew Baars (152 not out) and Rehan Iqbal (100 not out) eased the visitors home and ensured they didn’t join their opponents in Division Two next year.
Champions Loughton claimed a narrow three-wicket win over Hainault & Clayhall following a vital half-century from Taqi Abbas.
Away side Hainault & Clayhall chose to bat first and posted 217 for nine with Misem Ali Syed-Zaidi taking two for 32.
The home team’s response didn’t get off to the best start but Abbas enteredd the fray with score 114 for six and his 63 helped steer Loughton home.
First XI Division Three
Old Parkonians narrowly missed out promotion after completing a resounding 168-run victory over Woodford Green as Vikram Handa took five for 20.
Batting first, Haris Kahn hit 92 for home side Old Parkonians and Kirandeep Bansal struck 60 as they finished on 331 for eight from their allotted overs with Zubair Bhatti the pick of the bowlers for the visitors, picking up three for 33.
In response, Majid Sialvi (37) was the only player for the away team to make more than 20 as they were brushed aside by Handa and bowled out for just 163.
Despite Old Parkonians finishing on the same amount of points as Westcliff-On-Sea, it was them who gained promotion to the second division.
Already relegated Epping suffered a narrow two-wicket loss to Old Brentwoods despite Dan Sly hitting a century in a match that saw 599 runs scored.
Deciding to bat first, Sly hit 122 and Tom Hartington 68 as home side Epping were bowled out for 299.
Epping’s Ali Raza then took an impressive four for 39 but could not stop the away side from chasing down the total in 47 overs.
Division winners West Essex completed a convincing nine-wicket victory over Benfleet as Arshad Mughal took four wickets.
After winning the toss and choosing to bowl, Mughal took care of Benfleet’s middle order before Azhar Ali (three for 11) mopped up the Benfleet tail, bowling them out for 102.
Amir Khan made 58 before he was caught as West Essex chased down the target in 16 overs.