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Wanstead & Snaresbrook ease to Chingford win
Wanstead & Snaresbrook beat Chingford by eight wickets in the Premier Division on Saturday to move level on points with second-placed Brentwood and five points behind leaders Shenfield.
Winning the toss, Wanstead put Chingford into bat and the visitors made 169 for nine from 50 overs.
Shaun Eton (39) and James Hill (29) top-scored for Chingford, with Joe Ellis-Grewal taking three for 19 runs from ten overs.
Wanstead made minimal fuss of reaching their target – Kishan Velani unbeaten on 113 and opener John Chambers, also not out for 56, guiding the hosts to victory for the loss of two wickets.
The only Wanstead wickets to fall were those of Rehan Hassan and Arfan Akram, both out for ducks with Ben MacGregor taking both.
Next up for Wanstead is a visit from Colchester & East Essex. Chingford host Buckhurst Hill.
Fourth-placed South Woodford went down to a disappointing 79-run defeat by strugglers Upminster, who were inspired by an unbeaten 116 from Billy Gordon.
South Woodford won the toss and decided to bowl, a decision they soon regretted as openers Gordon and Farid Butt (56) top-scored.
James Malin was the pick of the South Woodford bowlers, taking two for 40 from his ten overs.
The South Woodford response was 199 all out as Anand Patel (49) and Nick Browne (34) top-scored.
James Aggio-Brewe was the most effective Upminster bowler, taking three for 27.
South Woodford host Shenfield on Saturday.
Bottom-of-the-table Buckhurst Hill were beaten once more as Chelmsford ran out comfortable eight-wicket winners.
Having won the toss, Buckhurst Hill elected to bat first and got off to a bad start as they lost three wickets for just nine runs.
Rescued by their middle order, Ed Buxton (82) and Jamie Allen (22) top-scored for the hosts, who were bowled out for 178.
Mark Drain was the pick of the Chelmsford attack, taking three for 17 from seven overs.
The Chelmsford response got off to a stuttering start as opener Adil Dewan was caught for 18. But Nick Prowling’s unbeaten 75 and Dan Hagan’s 68 saw the visitors home on 180 for two.
Sandeep Singh and Russell Beckett took a wicket apiece for Buckhurst.
Harold Wood beat Woodford Wells in Division One by seven wickets with Shahbaz Khan’s unbeaten 110 the highlight.
Having won the toss, Harold Wood put their opponents into bat and the hosts posted a competitive score of 233 all out.
Top-scoring for Wells were Andrew Baars (76) and Lawrence Farnum (42), while Waqas Shafique picked up three for 32 in his ten overs.
Harold Wood started slowly at the crease – openers Peter Clarke (17) and Raihan Clarke (6) dismissed before Khan (110 not out) and Colin Sher (71) guided Wood to 235 for three.
Peter McDermott’s two for 44 made him the pick of the Wells bowlers.
Wells travel to Orsett on Saturday.
Strugglers Fives & Heronians were beaten by 101 runs as Hainault & Clayhall kept up their promotion push.
Hainault & Clayhall won the toss and elected to bat, putting up 244 all out as Zoheb Sharif (79) and Irfan Shah (52) led the way.
Jamie Porter and Kishan Patel both took four wickets.
In reply, Gary Edwards (67) and Rizwan Akram (39) got off to a strong start for Fives, who suffered a middle-order batting collapse before being bowled out for 143.
Suleman Qadir’s four for 40 from ten overs made him the stand-out bowler for victorious Hainault.
Fives hosts Harlow Town this weekend.
Division Three relegation rivals Epping and Woodford Green met on Saturday with Epping claiming a 49-run victory over their second-bottom opponents.
Woodford won the toss and opted to bowl, but were unable to tame Epping who posted 275 for five from 50 overs.
Rakesh Bagga made 72, while Nathan Onojaife (56) and Simon Lycett (56 not out) were also among Epping’s top run makers as Sean Martin took two for 42.
Hamaad Sayyed got the Woodford innings off to a disappointing start after falling for a duck, while Sean Martin (41) and Joe Hawke (38) top-scored for the visitors, who were bowled out for 226.
Onojaife helped himself to two wickets, conceding just seven runs in the process.
Epping travel to Westcliff-on-Sea on Saturday, while Woodford Green host Harlow Town.
Third-place Old Parkonians lost to third-bottom Benfleet by 74 runs on Saturday in a result which went against the form guide.
Winning the toss, Benfleet decided to bat first and put up a score of 241 for five for Parks to chase.
Grahame Valentine (56), Gary Whitbourn (43) and Rob Zammit (43) top-scored for Benfleet, while Jibram Azam’s two for ten – along with seven maidens from his ten overs – was the bowling highlight for Parks.
Old Parkonians were poor with the bat though, with Shane Vamadevan (40) and Dilan Patel (28) top-scoring as they posted just 167 all out.
Peter Hiscock was the pick of the Benfleet bowlings, picking up figures of three for 43.
Parks host Pegasus & Corringham this Saturday.
Table-toppers West Essex suffered a wobble as they were beaten by four wickets by Harlow Town.
Winning the toss, West Essex elected to bat first but made only 131 all out.
Only four players got into double figures, with Amir Khan (30) and Irfan Riaz (25) top-scoring.
Ramya Upadhyay was the pick of the Harlow attack, taking three for 20 in his ten overs.
Patrick Yates (53) and Ashley Alderson (22 not out) top-scored for Harlow, who made hard work of reaching their total of 134 for six to overcome their visitors.
Zia Anwar was the pick of the West Essex bowlers with three for 30.
West Essex take on Old Brentwoods this weekend.
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