Second XI Premier Division

Paul and Nick Shawyer were the stars as Chingford Seconds strolled to an eight-wicket win at South Woodford Seconds.

The home side won the toss and decided to bat first; Saeed Piperdi (35) and Indika Wickramaratne (34) making steady contributions from the front.

But the runs slowed through the middle order and it was only when Luke Charge (26) and Adam Overton (29) came to the crease late on that South Woodford reached 169 before being dismissed; Nick Shawyer (three for 40) returning the best bowling figures.

And it was Paul Shawyer who led the reply, hitting an unbeaten 59 to inspire the side to victory. Joe Samuel (32) and Nick Shawyer (48 not out) also laid on key runs to seal a winning total of 170 for two.

Wanstead and Snaresbrook Seconds remain well placed in the promotion battle after eking out a 16-run victory at Colchester and East Essex Seconds to stay in third.

After winning the toss, Wanstead opted to open the batting but made a less-than-impressive start, losing openers Ibrahim Dar (5) and Milan Patel (24) without making much impression on the scoreboard.

But it was the union of Bilal Patel (51) and Mohammed Ali Syed Zaidi (68) which got the visitors motoring, eventually posting a total of 231 all out.

The Colchester reply centred around 79 from Ollie Lovejoy but once Syed Zaidi (one for 32) snared him, Wanstead took charge. Nabil Aziz finished with figures of two for 46 to help restrict the home side to 215 for seven.

Second XI Division One

Loughton Seconds picked up an impressive 32-run away win over Billericay Seconds, as John Mills snared two for 19.

Seventh-placed Loughton opened the batting and made a solid start via Rohail Anwar (31) and Fahad Anwar (38).

Umar Choudhry (33) and Ben Notley-Griffiths (32) helped boost the Loughton total to 221 before they were removed.

Wajahat Bukhari (two for 26) and Connor Sorrell (one for 38) struck early as Loughton sought to defend their total, but Billericay continued to score at a steady pace.

But then Mills (two for 19) and Hamza Omar (two for 25) put on a ruthless spell of bowling to skittle out their third-placed hosts for 189.

Fives and Heronians Seconds were made to pay for a batting collapse which saw them crumble to a 91-run home defeat against Hadleigh and Thundersley Seconds.

Hadleigh boasted two centurions amongst their ranks, with Oliver Smith (132) and Ashley Bennett (101 not out) laying the foundations for an imposing total of 316 for seven.

Hammad Baber (three for 31) returned the best bowling figures for Fives but his efforts proved futile.

Not to be put off, Fives looked set to make a good fist of chasing down that sizeable total thanks to Huw Morgan (71) and Baber (44).

But they could not build on that cautiously encouraging start and were eventually removed for 225 after 44.3 overs as the tail failed to wag.

Ruthless Buckhurst Hill Seconds trounced Ilford Seconds by 98 runs away from home.

Batting first, the visitors put up a good total of 229 all out, with Russell Beckett hitting 43.

But Ilford made a meek job of challenging that tally, finishing on 131 all out.

Second XI Division Two

Sohaib Jan smashed his way to 88 as West Essex Seconds picked up a two-wicket win at Gidea Park & Romford Seconds.

The home side put up 229 for nine, although Zain Saleem still helped himself to four for 33 in his six-over spell.

Jan (88) was the mainstay of the West Essex innings, although Omar Afzal (29) and Waqas Butt (30) put on respectable totals to help nudge the away side towards the necessary 230, getting home with a pair of wickets to spare.

Second XI Division Three

James Foley and Dhruv Patel each made centuries to help Oakfield Parkonians Seconds to a two-run win at Westcliff-on-Sea Seconds.

After Foley (132) and Patel (107) impressed at the crease, Parks should arguably have won with more conviction, having set a target of 319 for four.

But only Dilan Patel (three for 64) had any real joy with the ball and eventually the stubborn hosts ran out of time in reaching 317 for four.

Woodford Green Seconds just came up short as they lost by a solitary run at home to Ardleigh Green Seconds.

Martin Cason made 145 to open for Ardleigh Green, who profited from 40 extras to finish with a good total of 269 for eight.

And Woodford Green made a good fist of overhauling their guests, with Gisli Bergmann (45) opening well.

Nathan Onojaife (73) and Bhupinder Singh (53) made good contributions in the middle order to give Woodford Green real hope. But the tail failed to wag and they were left frustratingly close to victory, eventually succumbing on 268 all out.