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Essex League: Rain ruins Hornchurch-Upminster derby

PUBLISHED: 10:22 10 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:22 10 September 2017

Alan Ison in bowling action for Upminster (pic Rob Newell/TGS Photo)

Alan Ison in bowling action for Upminster (pic Rob Newell/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch finished the Premier Division season in fifth place after their derby with relegated Upminster was abandoned.

The start of play at Harrow Lodge was delayed for three hours, before the home side were put into bat.

And they saw Chamikara Mudaliige (32) put on 64 for the first wicket with Mehad Khan before falling to Alex Kirkpatrick.

Michael Bones also scored 32 before succumbing to Julian Whetstone, with Alan Ison then dismissing Khan and Roy Smith – in his last match as Hornchurchh captain – in quick succession.

Ison (3-3) also claimed the scalp of South Afrian Brian Barnard, but both sides were forced off by rain just after 4pm with Hornchurch on 128-5 in the 32nd over.

No further play was possible after tea and the umpires abandoned play at 5pm, with both sides taking six points.

Upminster are due to host an Essex XI in their annual benefit match today (Sunday) at 1.30pm.

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