Second XI Premier Division

Wanstead and Snaresbrook Seconds’ clash with Upminster Seconds was lost to the rain, meaning six points for each side.

Hosts Upminster were put into bat and made the worst possible start as opener Andrew D’Cruz (0) was removed by Jack Lord (three for 34) without a run on the board.

Upminster gradually built from those rocky foundations with Mules Timoti (29) and Frank Hazel (14) at the crease.

However, a flurry of wickets threatened to destabilise the home side as Wanstead’s Andre Louw (two for 31) got in on the act.

Jack O’Dowd (49) and Alex Ward (47) both fell narrowly short of half-centuries but were able to steer Upminster to a reasonable total of 221 for eight.

But rain after tea put paid to the Wanstead innings and the game was abandoned without a ball of the second innings bowled.

South Woodford Seconds did not get the opportunity to chase down Brentwood Seconds’ total as the rain saw their game cut short after the first innings.

Electing to bat first after winning the toss, Brentwood opted to bat but were soon on the back foot as Saihaj Jaspal (one for 24) took the wicket of opener Ben Sach with just 13 runs on the board.

Unfazed, Brentwood built steadily through Kieran Emmanuel (33) and Douglas Maxwell (42), before an unbeaten 96 from Matthew Bell boosted their total further.

Louis Cant (two for 22) returned the best figures with the ball for South Woodford but 47 from Richard Horswill helped the home side to 247 for six.

South Woodford never got the chance to chase that total though, as rain put paid to their innings.

Chingford Seconds were spared the sizeable task of chasing down Chelmsford Seconds’ total of 325 as rain eventually stopped play early.

Chelmsford opener Miles Clark made 114 from just 92 deliveries, hitting 17 fours and two sixes in a knock which looked set to pave the way to victory for the visitors.

Gary Chidley added 34 from 43 balls before Robert Hayto (114) outshone Clark by making his own century in just 55 balls by smashing seven sixes and ten fours.

Faizan Awan snared two wickets for Chingford but they came at a cost of 61 runs as the away side closed on 325 for five.

Paul Shawyer (6 not out) and Ameetab Ashok (9 not out) each faced 24 balls before the game was abandoned due to a flooded outfield after just eight overs of the second innings.

Second XI Division One

A mammoth 172 from Hermes Michael Solomonides went to waste as Buckhurst Hill Seconds saw their match at home to Fives and Heronians Seconds cut short thanks to the rain.

Having chosen to bat first, Buckhurst Hill saw Carl Solomons’ knock of 53 dwarfed by that of his opening partner as Solomonides went on to reach his very impressive total.

Shahid Maan scored 47 further down the innings and lesser contributions throughout the order all aided Buckhurst Hill in reaching a virtually unassailable total of 365 for eight.

Kishen Patel returned figures of three for 59 for Fives, whilst Abbas Mirza (two for 52) and James McKay (two for 50) also enjoyed some success with the ball.

But the game – and the prospect of an intriguing run chase – was cut short there as a downpour ended the contest early.

Loughton Seconds were spared the unenviable target of chasing 311 as their clash at home to Orsett Seconds.

Orsett were put into bat and after Abdul Nasir (three for 53) had accounted for openers Joseph Mitchell (25) and Stuart Quilter (24), there was little sign of what was about to follow.

What did ensue was three consecutive batsmen putting on half-centuries to guide Orsett to an intimidating total of 311 for five.

Daryl Millard (50), Sandeep Chavda (50) and Harry Lockyer (65) were the men in question, resisting the Loughton bowling attack in fine style.

Only three overs were bowled in the second innings before the game was wrapped up early with Loughton on 21 for one; Fahad Anwar out for just six.

Second XI Division Two

West Essex Seconds’ game at Leigh on Sea Seconds was ended prematurely by the rain.

Hosts Leigh were inserted and made a daunting start with David Clarke (68) and Simon Wallace (63) scoring well en route to a total of 290 all out. Fahd Aktar (two for 37) returned the best bowling figures for the away side.

West Essex’s reply was soon cut short though, with 7.4 overs bowled before rain saw play ended early. The visitors closed on 52 for one, with Omar Azfal (31) top scoring.

Second XI Division Three

Woodford Green Seconds were below par with the bat but got off the hook as rain meant Basildon and Pitsea Seconds could not chase down their total.

Sayaad Hussain (38) and Yasim Mohammed (29) top-scored for Woodford in a disappointing total of 195 all out after 45 overs.

But Basildon, who had lost just one wicket en route to 26 for one, were denied the opportunity to continue as the rain came down.