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Wanstead & Snaresbrook Thirds crowned champions in Third XI Premier Division after Chemsford win
3:00pm Friday 13th September 2013 in Sport
Third XI Premier Division
Wanstead & Snaresbrook Thirds were crowned champions after beating Chelmsford by 52 runs.
The victory means Wanstead finish the season 32 points clear at the top of the table, ahead of second-placed Ilford Thirds.
Opting to bat first, Wanstead finished on 201 for five as opener Jay Williams top-scored on 63.
Chelmsford got off to a disastrous start in reply thanks to three early wickets from Mehad Kjahn (six for 11) and never recovered. They were eventually dismissed for 149.
South Woodford Thirds suffered defeat on the final day of the season, losing to Hutton Thirds by seven wickets.
Jamie Carroll batted well for 77 but too few of his teammates were on form and Hutton reached their target of 203 for the loss of only three wickets.
Five and Heronians Thirds were relegated following a dismal 162-run defeat against visitors Woodford Wells Thirds.
Asked to take to the field first, Fives bowlers were hit all over the park as Wells finished on 271 for six. The home side’s response was poor and they were bowled out for a paltry 109 from only 24.2 overs.
Third XI Division One
Wanstead & Snaresbrook Fourths ended the season in third place and with a win as they beat Chelmsford Fourths by 46 runs.
After being put into bat, Wanstead set a target of 166 as Barney Mead (44) and Naail Dar (40) made decent contributions.
A modest score proved good enough however, as Chelmsford were bowled out for 120 as Walid Sherzai claimed five for 29.
Buckhurst Hill Thirds were crowned champions and finished the season unbeaten as they ran out nine-wicket winners over Hornchurch Thirds with Shahid Maan hitting an unbeaten 97.
Visitors Hornchurch chose to bat and declared having made 175 for four with Buckhurst Hill’s captain Ash Mohammad taking two for 18.
In reply, Ash Mohammad was dismissed early on for the home side before Shaid Mohammad (54 not out) and Maan guided Buckhurst Hill to victory and relegated Hornchurch in the process.
Chingford Thirds had to settle for a draw at home to Gidea Park & Romford Thirds despite captain and wicketkeeper Paul Warren making 95.
Batting first, Warren and Nadir Noori (40 not out) shared a seventh-wicket stand of 132 runs as Chingford declared on 180 for seven.
Richard Offord then took five for 19 as Gidea Park and Romford were reduced to 90 for six but the away side clung on for the draw.
Third XI Division Two
West Essex Thirds ended their season with an impressive eight-wicket victory over relegated Old Southendian & Southchurch Thirds as Vaseem Ahmed hit an unbeaten half-century.
After losing the toss, visitors West Essex took the field and Paul Griffiths took four for 43 as the home side made 163 for seven.
In reply, Ahmed hit 50 for the away team as they chased down the target in 30 overs.
Third XI Division Three
South Woodford Fourths will play in Third XI Division Three again next season after beating Hutton Fourths by three wickets.
Carl Edmonds (52) and Shravan Sheth (49) finished the season strongly in a win that leaves South Woodford seventh in the league.
Loughton Fourths suffered a resounding seven-wicket loss at home against Westcliff-On-Sea Thirds after they were bowled out for a lowly 120 and the away side chased down the total in less than 30 overs but still secured their promotion to the second division.
Fourth XI Premier Division
A draw against bottom side Pegasus & Corringham on the last day couldn’t dampen the celebrations for Wanstead & Snaresbrook Fifths, who finished the season 63 points clear at the division’s summit.
Wanstead were in charge for the majority of the match after posting a total of 220 in their first innings but were unable to bowl out their opponents, who ended on 147 for seven.
Chingford Fourths were relegated following an eight-wicket loss away against Basildon & Pitsea Thirds.
The home side’s captain Jonathan Bird made an unbeaten 48 before his side declared on 118 for six.
Naveed Aqdas claimed an early wicket but the away side secured a comfortable win as Ateeb Hasan finished on 83 not out.
Fourth XI Division One
Buckhurst Hill Fourths triumphed in the top-of-the-table clash against Chelmsford Fifths, claiming a seven-wicket win that saw them crowned champions.
Visitors Buckhurst chose to put their opponents into bat and superb bowling from Joseph Oxlade (four for 31) and John Palmer (three for 15) saw the home side bowled out for 115.
An innings of 51 from opener Nikesh Patel helped the home side cruise to victory within 34 overs.
Five and Heronians Fourths secured another year in the first division despite a five-wicket loss to Horndon on the Hill Thirds.
In a low-scoring match, bowler Andre Byfield top-scored with 14 as Five and Heronians were bowled out for 86 and their opponents chased down the target in under 27 overs.
Old Parkonians Thirds were relegated following a 105-run loss at home to Wickford Fourths.
Choosing to take the bowl first, the Old Parks bowlers found it hard going with Andrew Beaven returning the best figures of two for 48 as the away side declared on 214 for six.
Captain Beaven opened the batting for Parkonians and top-scored with 29 but saw his side bowled out for just 109, confirming their relegation.
Wanstead & Snaresbrook Sixths ended the season in style, thrashing Shenfield Fourths by eight wickets.
Shenfield hit a good score of 235 first up but an excellent 107 from Aryan Gupta and an unbeaten 80 from Nicholas Arnold saw Wanstead record an impressive win for the loss of only two wickets.
Fourth XI Division Three
A top-of-the-table clash saw Loughton Fifths defeat Hainault and Clayhall Fifths by six wickets and leap frog them into first place to be crowned division champions.
Three for 65 from Angad Nijjar restricted Hainault & Clayhall to 177 for eight before Nijjar hit an unbeaten 62 to ensure Loughton claimed victory.
South Woodford Fifths completed a clinical 215-run victory over visiting Chingford Fifths after an impressive all-round display from Zahid Hafeez saw him hit a century and pick up six wickets.
Hafeez made 118, in an innings that included 19 fours and three sixes, as the home side declared on 290 for six.
The centurion then picked up six for 15 as Chingford were bowled out for just 75, James Bridge left stranded on 35.
Old Parkonians Fourths missed out on promotion after they fell to an agonising one-wicket loss against Ilford Fifths despite Gobichandru Jeevakumar impressing with the ball by claiming seven wickets.
Asked to bat first. Adam Goldman made 32 as Old Parkonians were bowled out for 117 before Jeevakumar bowled superbly to claim seven for 54 as Ilford just held on to chase down the total.
The loss meant they finished third in the table 17 points behind second place Hainault & Clayhall Fifths.