Fourth XI Premier Division

Bottom-of-the-league and still winless after an eight-wicket loss at home to Horndon On The Hill Thirds, Chingford Fourths cannot wait for the season to end after their latest defeat.

Chingford’s Jamil Akhtar hit 55 to give the home side a reasonable start but only three of his teammates made it to double figures in what was a disappointing batting display from the strugglers.

Howard Nicholson (16) and Ashanul Haque (11) were the other two players to get starts but neither lasted long in a total of 143 all out.

Unsurprisingly it took Horndon minimal effort to knock off that target and they got home with 147 for two.

Buckhurst Hill Fourths are enjoying a far better season than their Seconds and Thirds but still found themselves beaten by three wickets at Harold Wood Fourths.

Hill had looked in a good position to wrap up a much-needed win in their promotion battle after posting 239 for eight declared.

David Rofe made 109 and Isuru Gama contributed 70 but their efforts proved in vain as Wood got over the finishing line with three wickets to spare.

Mark Wheeler snared three Harold Wood batsmen but his wickets came at a cost of 83 runs and the home side hit the necessary 140 to win.

Fourth XI Division One

Eight-man Fives and Heronians Fourths were well beaten at Wickford Fourths, going down by eight wickets.

Visiting Fives were put into bat first after losing the toss and were quickly made to pay for their failure to field a full side.

A ruthless bowling display from the 11 men saw Fives all out for just 91.

Wickford then jogged to the necessary 92 for the loss of just two wickets.

Fourth XI Division Three

Oakfield Parkonians Fourths could only manage a draw at Hutton Fifths, with Shahid Khan’s 64 the highlight for Parks.

No-one took more than a single wicket for visiting Parks, who were chasing 245 for victory after the home side had declared on 244 for four.

And although Khan opened with 64, the rest of the order never got going and Parks had to hold out for a draw with 158 for six.

Essex League Dukes League Cup


Fives and Heronians missed out on a shot at silverware after they lost by 54 runs at home to Hornchurch on Sunday.

Paul Walter made 144 in a huge total of 312 for three which always left Fives on the back foot.

A brave effort from Fives was not enough though, and there were all out for 258 with Gary Norris (101) top scoring.