Peter Dudley’s latest round up of the Shepherd Neame Essex Cricket League Premier Division:-
Saturday, July 15
Brentwood (149/1) (23.1 overs) beat Colchester and East Essex (148) (38.5 overs) by nine wickets
Visitors Colchester won the toss and chose to bowl in rather overcast conditions and at 48/1 looked fairly comfortable until Ian Belchamber, who ended with 5-32, took two wickets with his first two balls to totally change the complexion of the game. Charlie Griffiths and Tom Oakley completed the spin trio who bamboozled the visitors batting line up and both took two wickets each as the visitors were skittled for just 148. In reply the hosts cruised home with a massive 26.5 overs left and Guy Balmford ended unbeaten on 99 off just 68 balls after hitting seven to win the game and end agonisingly one run short of a magnificent hundred, however, he still led his team to another superb win to keep the pressure on Wanstead at the top.
Hornchurch (161) (43.4 overs) lost to Shenfield (162/3) (40.3 overs) by seven wickets
Shenfield won the toss and chose to field and saw Jack Plom take 4-31 as the hosts were bowled out for just 161. In reply, the visitors saw fifties from Jamie Walton (55) and Ollie Ekers (50no) help see them home with 9.3 overs to spare.
Ilford (150) (34.2 overs) lost to Chelmsford (251/6) (50 overs) by 101 runs
The hosts won the toss and put the visitors into bat and saw fifties from skipper Jack Sterland (58) and James Clifford (66no) help see Chelmsford up to a competitive 251/6. In reply Syed Ashar Ahmed Zaidi struck a third ball fifty, however, no one else contributed with the bat as Sam Cook took 3-24 and with James Clifford and Ben Waring also taking two wickets a piece bowled the hosts out for 150.
Southend-on-Sea & EMT (275) (49.3 overs) lost to Wanstead & Snaresbrook (329/8) (50 overs) by 54 runs
Southend won the toss, chose to field first, and saw leaders Wanstead amass 329/8 in their fifty overs thanks to fifties from Adnan Akram (68) and Robin Das (54). In reply fifties from Oliver Wagstaff (88) and Joe Robbins (71) weren’t enough as the hosts were bowled out for 275, with Mohammad Fayyaz Khan (3-48) and Joe Ellis-Grewal (3-57) doing the most damage and keeping Wanstead at the summit of the division.
Upminster (253/7) (50 overs) beat Chingford (210/9) (50 overs) by 43 runs
Hosts Upminster won the toss and chose to bat first and thanks to Shahbaz Butt’s 94 from 88 balls and helped by Louis Pickering who scored 58 they managed to score 250 plus in their fifty overs. In reply, Chingford never really got going and with Connor Whetstone taking 4-35 he helped his side record a surprising win.
Team. P. W (%) Pts
1. Wanstead & Snaresbrook. 10. 70. 171
2. Brentwood. 10. 70. 161
3. Chelmsford. 10. 70. 157
4. Shenfield. 10. 50. 148
5. Chingford. 10. 50. 133
6. Hornchurch. 10. 50. 130
7. Ilford. 10. 30. 111
8. Southend-on-Sea & EMT. 10. 20. 90
9. Upminster. 10. 30. 79
10. Colchester & East Essex 10. 10. 75
Next weekends fixtures
Saturday, July 22
Chelmsford v Wanstead & Snaresbrook
Chingford v Southend-on-Sea & EMT
Colchester and East Essex v Hornchurch
Shenfield v Brentwood
Upminster v Ilford