Wet weather ruins local cricket in the Essex League Premier Division and Division One

PUBLISHED: 13:00 24 July 2017

Most local cricket games were abandoned due to the poor weather (pic: St Andrews CC).

Most local cricket games were abandoned due to the poor weather (pic: St Andrews CC).


Rain is only real winner from the weekend with Upminster and Ilford, among other clubs, left frustrated

Upminster and Ilford’s Essex League Premier Division derby was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to the poor weather.

The two clubs were both keen to get the fixture on and would have been confident of producing a fine match.

But the only winner was the weather with both sides sharing six points following a frustrating day.

It was a similar story for leaders Wanstead as their match with Chelmsford was off without a ball being bowled.

Shenfield and Brentwood at least managed to get through 11 overs before the rain caused their game to be abandoned.

The match started late because of the rain and was reduced to 35-overs per side before eventually getting underway at 3pm.

Aaron West showed his class with an unbeaten 46, while Tom Oakley was 24 not out, before the weather returned and the match was abandoned.

It was a similar story in Division One with Woodford Wells failing to see any action in their home fixture with Buckhurst Hill.

Billericay against Hadleigh was also abandoned before a ball was bowled, but South Woodford got through 27 overs at Gidea Park & Romford.

Home captain Jamal Francis won the toss and fielded first with some water on the wicket causing the game to start late.

South Woodford made a good start with Joe Craddock (21) and Bradley Cooper (10) putting on 35 for the first wicket.

Matt Connaughton (1-21) and Francis (1-23) dismissed the pair in quick succession, but it brought James Swash and Kasey Harris to the crease.

Swash departed following a 53-ball 19, though Harris looked in good touch, as he hit 27 not out before the rain arrived.

The game was eventually abandoned with South Woodford on 103-3 off 27 overs to leave both teams frustrated.

Harold Wood also got some play on against Belhus, but rain eventually won and saw their fixture abandoned.

Hamzah Ikram claimed 2-39 from his six overs while stand-in captain Shahbaz Khan picked up 1-26 before rain saw Belhus’ innings finish on 65-3 off 13 overs as the match was called off.

After a frustrating Saturday all of the aforementioned clubs will hope for better weather this weekend.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford Sports News

42 minutes ago

The head coach at Crow Lane praised the work of opposite number Tom Redfern ahead of this weekend’s big clash


London Super League: Lewisham 4 Romford 3


Harold Wood Running Club had plenty of members take part in the third series of the Chingford League 5K at Hog Hill.


Coasters lost 2-0 at Victoria Road in March

Yesterday, 13:00

Veteran manager signs up for stint on reality TV show

Yesterday, 12:00

Everyone Active Raiders NIHL 2 forward George Gell feels as if the side are now in full swing after sealing a comfortable 10-1 victory against Lee Valley Lions.


From November, The Mercury in Romford begins to celebrate Christmas. The mall has plenty of gift ideas, fun events and activities for everyone

Vauxhall has completed its sport utility vehicle range with the third, and largest, Grandland X. We put the SUV, now available at Tony LeVoi in Romford, to the test.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

News from your area


A Romford photographer impressed the judges of a national creative photography competition with a picture of a stunning sunset.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now