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Centuries from John Chambers and Arfan Akram helped Wanstead and Snaresbrook thrash Loughton by 145 runs on Saturday
Tons from openers John Chambers and Arfan Akram helped Wanstead and Snaresbrook thrash Loughton by 145 runs away from home on Saturday.
Visitors Wanstead won the toss and opted to bat first, which proved a wise decision as Chambers (135 not out) and Akram (107) put on a stand of 198 for the opening wicket.
By the time Akram departed, Wanstead were well on their way to an excellent total of 338 for three before deciding to declare.
Five wickets from Wanstead’s Joe Ellis-Grewal helped the visitors bowl their hosts out for just 193.
Hafiz Yawar Afzal top-scored with a knock of 66 but was not supported by the tail end, who mustered just two runs for the final four wickets.
Ellis-Grewal finished with impressive figures of five for 40, recording seven maidens in his 20-over spell.
South Woodford made hard work of chasing down a meagre Chingford total, winning by just one wicket.
The hosts won the toss and inserted Chingford into bat first, a decision which was vindicated as they tore into their visitors’ batting line-up.
Andrew MacGregor (23) and Alfie Taylor (21) top-scored as Gary Neicho skittled out six Chingford batsmen on their way to 93 all out.
Neicho finished with six for 41 from 19 overs, including six maidens.
Perhaps lulled into complacency with the bat, South Woodford had to rely on their tail-end to overcome their visitors.
Krishan Vadher (22) top-scored for the home side, who had star turn Neicho and Matthew Lancaster to thank for seeing them across the line.
Jamie Porter and Shaun Eaton both finished with four wickets each for the visitors.
Buckhurst Hill were narrowly beaten after falling ten runs shy against Hainault and Clayhall.
Hosts Hainault won the toss and were struggling until 75 from Yasin Patel sparked a tail-end recovery.
K Khan (30) and Adeel Malik (24) helped the hosts reach 249 for nine.
Rob Petchey enjoyed some success with the ball for the visitors, claiming four for 40.
A knock of 102 from Alexander Maskell got the reply off to a strong start but only Shane Cassel (33) contributed further down the order as Buckhurst fell ten short.
Ryan Hurst took four for 53 for the home side.
Woodford Wells were well under-par as they were beaten by nine wickets at Southend-on-Sea EMT.
Wells won the toss and opted to bat first, Rishabh Shah and Rehan Iqbal top-scoring with just 17 each as the visitors were removed for 82.
The hosts made minimal fuss of reaching the required target, losing just one wicket as Oliver Wagstaff (54) and Ross Daynes (23) eased them to the target.
West Essex felt the wrath of Leigh on Sea’s batting line-up as they lost by 164 runs.
Put into bat by their visitors, Leigh reached an intimidating total of 289 for four.
Joe Sexton top-scored with 67 and Iain McDonald was close behind with 66 as Leigh thrived with the bat.
West Essex got off to a faltering start and were 12 for two before 69 from Irfan Riaz added some respectability to the score.
Wahid Mahmood was the second-highest scorer for the away side with 12.
Sean Elliott and Patrick Groves each helped themselves to four wickets.
Fives and Heronians won by three runs at home to Horndon, despite Jeff West’s 121.
Having lost the toss, the hosts were put into bat and made 263 for eight.
Jake Poulter top-scored with 46 to add to Mick Perry’s 41.
West and Mustansar Meraj each took a pair of wickets.
Johnny Kay played a key role in the Fives bowling attack, taking five for 33 to limit the visitors to 260.
West (121) scored almost half of their total following a poor start which saw two of the top three depart for a duck.
Woodford Green beat struggling Oakfield Parkonians by two wickets at home.
Batting first, the visitors put together a respectable total of 240 for nine, with Sachin Vara (59) a central figure.
Jibran Azam hit 45 as Rana Arslan claimed three wickets for 50 runs.
At 164 for three, the hosts looked well on their way to a routine win but a spate of wickets saw them home with two to spare.
Masood Qazi top-scored with a knock of 60 and Anthony Palmer reached 30.
Baldeep Mann, Paran Kalley and Jibran Azam each claimed two Woodford wickets.
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