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Graeme Walker was the star as Chingford Seconds lost by eight wickets to Brentwood Seconds
Second XI Premier Division
Graeme Walker ripped through the Chingford Seconds attack to help Brentwood Seconds to an eight-wicket victory.
Invited to bat first, hosts Chingford had started slowly, with Billy Rhone (30) and Mitan Patel (34) two of few bright spots.
Walker then found his rythym and claimed four for 17 to help remove the home side for 117.
Sixty-three not out from Douglas Maxwell – including ten fours – saw Brentwood’s reply start apace.
Kieran Emmanuel (22) and Matthew Bell (28 not out) eased the visitors to 121 for two.
Buckhurst Hill Seconds were undone by Max Carter-Miller’s three for seven as they lost by three wickets at Upminster Seconds.
Carter-Miller took Buckhurst’s first three wickets to leave the visitors on just nine for three.
Daniel Parkinson (48) fell just short of his half-century as the away side threatened to stage a recovery.
The lower order could not build on Parkinson’s score though, and were bowled out for 128.
Assisting Carter-Miller was Matt Tigg, who took two for 13.
In reply, Harry Jenkins (28) started brightly before the wickets began to tumble; Shafiq Rahman (47) steadying the ship with five fours and three sixes.
Sam Sullivan took three for 40 for the visitors but the home side reached 129 with three to spare.
Wanstead and Snaresbrook Seconds are second after South Woodford Seconds fell two runs short of the visitors’ total.
Batting first, Wanstead declared on 221 for seven before the hosts finished on 219.
Second XI Division One
Debayan Dasgupta set a club record by becoming the first player to take all ten wickets as Woodford Wells Seconds annihilated Hainault and Clayhall Seconds by nine wickets.
Dasgupta’s ten-wicket haul was crucial in removing visitors Hainault for just 80, with the 24 extras chalked up out-scoring any player.
Wells made minimal fuss of chasing down the away side’s total, reaching 84 for the loss of just one wicket.
Toby Chasseaud (40) and Daniel Willoughby (38) hit the winning runs for Woodford, who are just two points behind Loughton Seconds.
An unbeaten century from Charlie Phillipe saw Fives and Heronians Seconds lose by five wickets at Wickford Seconds.
Openers Neil Braithwaite (88) and Furrakh Mirza (38) got Fives off to a good start before the hosts’ bowling attack took charge.
Lee Stace finished on three for 48 and Greg Jerome took three for 76 as Fives declared on 205 for six.
A slow start from Wickford was soon forgotten when Phillipe scored an unbeaten 101.
With the foundations laid, Stace (22) and Phil Parmenter (44 not out) eased the home side to 206 for five.
Loughton Seconds remain top despite a six-wicket loss at home to Hadleigh and Thundersley.
Inserted into bat, the hosts shared the runs around, with Asim Aslam (30) and Daniel Gymer (21) providing important runs.
Richard Straker enjoyed some success with the ball, taking four for 42 to restrict the hosts to 146 all out.
Luke Smith (77) chased down much of the Loughton score before Michael Tibbenham (26 not out) and Jack Wagstaff (one not out) took Hadleigh to 147 for four.
Gymer took two for 17 for the hosts but it was not enough.
Second XI Division Two
West Essex Seconds held on to draw at Ardleigh Green Seconds thanks to some resistance from the tail end.
Put into bat first, the hosts lost two early wickets and were at 31 for two before Kevin Thain (41) stepped up.
Martin Cason (29) and Aaron Hills (31) chipped in with useful knocks as Ardleigh finished on 201 for eight.
Azhar Ali returned the best figures with the ball, taking two for 16.
West Essex faltered in reply, losing their openers for just eight runs.
Omar Azfal (40) at six and Murad Ali (36) at nine helped the visitors to 192 for nine, hanging onto their final wicket.
Ryan Dack was the pick of the Ardleigh bowlers, taking two for 17.
Second XI Division Three
Mohammed Noman’s seven-wicket haul proved in vain as Woodford Green Thirds fell to a ten-run loss at home to Hordon on the Hill.
An encouraging start was quickly forgotten when three wickets were lost for just seven runs.
Stephen Edwards hit 43 and Terry Hurrell scored 19 as Horndon finished on 150 all out.
Amish Patel opened with 42 for the hosts, who were taken apart by Edwards (six for 25).
Thirty-seven extras meant the final overs of the contest were tense, but Woodford lost the final wicket of Zain Ul-Abiddin (10) at 140.