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First Premier win for Harold Wood

A strong appeal for a wicket by Rushi Patel of Rainham against Hornchurch Athletic (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO) A strong appeal for a wicket by Rushi Patel of Rainham against Hornchurch Athletic (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Monday, May 19, 2014
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John Curtis of Upminster is congratulated on taking the first Chelmsford wicket (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)John Curtis of Upminster is congratulated on taking the first Chelmsford wicket (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Harold Wood claimed their first Essex League Premier Division victory with success against Shenfield.

South African star Colin Sher (73) top scored as Wood reached 219-8 from their 50 overs, but the visitors made a good start in reply as their openers put on 85.

Shahbaz Khan made the breakthrough to dismiss Simon Keen (64) and Hamza Ikram (3-44) also made inroads.

Umar Farooq (2-20) and Sarfaraz Ahmed (3-22) ran through the rest of the order as Wood sealed a 58-run victory.

Top flight neighbours Upminster were well beaten by Chelmsford, who piled up 357-4 thanks to centuries from Nick Prowting and Adil Dewan.

Upminster fell to 121-6 in reply, with only Billy Gordon (30) and Shahbaz Butt (48) making much impact in the top order.

Harry Jenkins (43) and Nick O’Dell (55) shared a 98-run stand, but it was little consolation as the hosts were dismissed for 229.

Ardleigh Green were on the receiving end in Division One, as Hutton amassed 316-5 declared in 45 overs.

Hanuman Vihari Gade hit four sixes and 24 fours in an unbeaten 200 for Hutton, then nabbed two wickets to wrap up a 134-run win.

Luke Edwards (37) top scored for Green, as James Crapnell (5-49) took the bowling honours for Hutton.

Hornchurch celebrated a second successive win in Division Two, after beating Fives & Heronians by six wickets.

Spinners Chamikara Mudalige (4-83) and Marc Whitlock (4-73) combined to good effect as the hosts made 239-9.

And half-centuries from Ronnie Saunders (75) and captain Roy Smith (69 not out) saw Hornchurch home in the 39th over of their reply.

The news was not so good for Gidea Park & Romford, who lost by eight wickets against Belhus.

Sarvesh Damle (33) top scored in Park’s modest 152-9, with Russ Collard nabbing both Belhus wickets to fall in reply.

Rainham came out on top in their Mid-Essex League Division Two derby with Hornchurch Athletic at Hylands Park.

Athletic skipper Sam Samarasekera (72) and deputy Paul Humphries (47) led the hosts to 197-7, with Liam Porter (27) also chipping in.

But despite two early wickets from Ryan Sammons, Athletic suffered their first defeat since joining the competition as Sid Patel (49) saw Rainham to a five-wicket win with nine overs to spare.

Havering piled up 242-9 against Great Waltham on their way to a 128-run win.

But Noak Hill Taverners slipped to a six-wicket loss against Rayleigh Fairview in Division Three after being dismissed for just 135.

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