Fourth XI Premier Division

For the second time in as many weeks Chingford Fourths were left to take solace in collecting batting points as they lost by five wickets against Upminster Fifths.

The home side never got going after an underwhelming start which saw both openers removed for a cumulative total of 28 and although Chris Knightly put on 41, he was the bright spot in a disappointing innings.

Nathan Bright (four for 35) played a key role in removing Chingford for 145 before Upminster reached the required target of 146 for five; Alex Bottoms top-scoring with 54.

Fourth XI Division One

Fives and Heronians Fourths prop up the table at this early stage of the season after going down by eight wickets at home to Billericay Fourths.

Invited to bat first, Fives lost opener Mohammed Yaseen to a golden duck before Billy Amas (23) and Chris Rotsey (26) began to put some runs on the board.

The run scoring was short-lived though, and Fives were soon scrambling to close on a disappointing 120 for nine after 41.3 Any hopes of defending that lead were quickly forgotten as Stan Foley (24) and Scott Crouch (78 not out) put together the partnership which saw Billericay home on 123 for two.

Oakfield Parkonians Thirds picked up their first victory of the new season by sealing a five-wicket win over Shenfield Fourths.

Mazham Ali returned figures of two for six as Parks dismissed their visitors for 156 and then set about bettering that target with relative ease.

Maran Mariyathas (34) and Sifth Ali (39 not out) put together the key knocks to steer Parks to the points with five wickets in hand.

Fourth XI Division Three

Oakfield Parkonians Fourths came up short in their run chase as they lost by 14 runs against Walthamstow Fourths.

Subash Patel took three for 20 and Shahid Khan claimed two for ten to restrict Walthamstow to just 164 all out.

Hopes were high as Parks’ reply got underway with Khan making 41 before being trapped leg before wicket.

But his knock proved the high point as the visitors were skittled for 150.

Dukes Essex T20 Group E

Buckhurst Hill got their Twenty20 season off to a good start by recording a seven-wicket win over Woodford Wells on Sunday.

Put into bat, Wells saw Ed Buxton crash his way to a fine unbeaten 78 from just 69 deliveries alongside Joe Johnson (15).

However, that contribution was not representative of the rest of the innings and the visitors were only able to reach 131 within their allotted overs. Daniel Platt returned the best figures with the ball, taking two for 20.

Russell Beckett (380 and Hermes Michael Solomonides (55) then steered Buckhurst Hill to the points by reaching 135 for three.