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Essex League: Upminster’s derby hopes hit by rain

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 May 2018

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Upminster saw their hopes of derby success against Harold Wood in Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One hit by the wet weather.

Captain Nick Ison put the visitors into bat and saw newcomer Ejaz Khan strike with the new ball before a run had been scored.

Khan added the scalps of Wood captain Craig Perrin and Hafiz Yawar Afzal (27) to reduce the visitors to 49-3, before John Curtis got in on the act.

Muhammad Rahim opened his account with the wicket of Hamzah Ikram, with Khan (4-32) adding another victim to leave Wood 86-6.

And Rahim ran through the lower order, despite some resistance from Chris Bennett, Richard Brabner and Taqi Abbas, to finish with 5-30 and dismiss Wood for 135 from 44 overs.

Upminster lost Shafiq Rahman early in reply, trapped lbw by Shahbaz Khan, but youngsters Kiran Kullar and Louis Pickering had moved the score to 41-1 after 15 overs when rain stopped play and the match was abandoned, with both sides taking six points.

Division Three outfit Ardleigh Green were similarly frustrated as their match at West Essex fell victim to the elements.

Captain Lloyd Edwards put the hosts into bat after winning the toss, with overs reduced to a 39-36 split by a rain delay.

And Green dismissed the home side for 140 in 34 overs, with Zunair Jamil (3-9), Chris Cook (3-39), Scott Jackson (3-64) and Edwards all having success with the ball.

Green lost Tom Gentle without scoring in reply, but Paul Hurworth hit three sixes and four fours in an unbeaten 36 alongside Cook as they reached 54-1 in 12 overs before play was abandoned.

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