Wanstead Seconds finish runners-up after Shenfield win (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Wanstead & Snaresbrook Seconds finish runners-up after beating Shenfield Seconds in Essex League
11:56am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Football
Second XI Premier Division
Wanstead & Snaresbrook Seconds finished second after beating Shenfield by four wickets thanks largely to a superb century from Waseem Qureshi.
Winning the toss, Shenfield decided to bat and put on a strong score of 248. Wanstead’s James Fitzgerald was the pick of the attack, taking four for 62.
It was Qureshi who was the star of the show though, as his 107 helped Wanstead reach their target for the loss of six wickets. Nikunj Velani (32), Haseeb Chaudhri (28) and Matthew Smith (51) all added valuable contributions too en route to victory.
South Woodford Seconds lost by five wickets at home to Colchester & East Essex Seconds despite Chris Wong hitting 40.
Having won the toss, South Woodford chose to bat but were bowled out for only 172 with Wong top-scoring and opener Ryan Correya adding 30.
Louis Cant took three Colchester & East Essex wickets in just 6.3 overs but the away side chased down the total in a little over 42 overs.
Chingford Seconds clinched a 14-run victory away to Woodford Wells Seconds, whose relegation was confirmed with the loss.
Batting first, opener Matthew McKay (62) and Mark Fletcher (95) shared a stand of 80 before Chingford declared on 231 for seven with Deepak Sinha the pick of the home side’s bowlers, taking three for 57.
Despite opening batsman James Tuplin hitting 67, Woodford Wells were bowled out for 217 with visiting bowler Richard MacGregor taking four for 61 and Mitan Patel coming away with figures of three for 23.
Second XI Division One
A draw for Five and Heronians Seconds away at Upminster Seconds was enough to beat the relegation battle they had become entangled in as Kishen Patel took six wickets.
Asked to bat first, opener Rahul Patel top-scored as he fell seven shy of his half-century and set his team up for a decent total of 212 for eight.
Upminster began their run chase well but after Patel dismissed opener Steve Wright (21) and wicketkeeper Luke Read (38) the rest of the batting line-up folded.
However, a resilient last-wicket partnership between Scott Fisher and Chris Ryan denied the visiting side the chance to claim the victory.
Champions Buckhurst Hill Seconds made easy work of Hutton Seconds as they recorded a ten-wicket win and relegated their opponents in the process.
Away side Hutton won the toss and chose to bat but were bowled out for 86 as Rob Petchey took seven for 33.
In reply, openers Hermes Michael Solomonides (48) and Atul Sharma (35) saw the home side to victory in 13 overs.
Loughton Seconds drew with Hainault & Clayhall Seconds, meaning that they just missed out on promotion to the Premier Division.
Having lost the toss, Loughton took to the field and were made to work hard as home side Hainault & Clayhall declared on 271 for five.
The visitors’ response saw them regularly lose wickets and it was tail-enders Luke Edwards (32) and Jordan Ramsden (35 not out) who helped them end to a total of 184 for nine to secure the draw.
Second XI Division Two
West Essex Seconds survived potential relegation as they drew away to Gidea Park & Romford.
Choosing to bat first, there were half-centuries for Omar Afzal (65), Kabir Khan (55) and Riz Akbar (52) as the away side declared having made 237 for eight.
The home sides’ response was anchored by 77 from Chay Hedges and although Shazad Atif took three for 48, Gidea Park & Romford made 221 for four and both sides had to set tle for a draw and a share of the points.
Second XI Division Three
Epping Seconds completed a resounding eight wicket-victory over Old Brentwoods Seconds after an outstanding spell of bowling from Sam Rashid saw him take five wickets.
Asked to take to the field first, Rashid returned figures of five for two from six overs as visitors Old Brentwoods were bowled out for just 58.
Tapan Patel hit 31 as Epping chased down the target in less than ten overs and for the loss of just two wickets.
Old Parkonians Seconds recorded a two-wicket victory over Woodford Green Seconds in a low-scoring game.
Old Parks won the toss, decided to bowl and this proved an astute decision as they bowled Green out for 80.
The chase was not nearly as comfortable as it should have been but Parks edged to victory eight wickets down.