PUBLISHED: 08:35 04 June 2012 | UPDATED: 09:36 04 June 2012
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Mixed fortunes for local clubs
Local clubs suffered mixed fortunes in the latest round of Essex League matches at the weekend.
Ardleigh Green fell to a fourth successive defeat in the Premier Division, going down by seven wickets at Colchester.
Essex staffer Reece Topley struck early with the new ball to dismiss Ricky Gill, but Thomas Oakley (47) and Alex Cason (46) shared a decent second-wicket stand.
Green were dismissed for 178, though, and although Oakley nabbed a brace of wickets, Topley and Omar Ahmed hit unbeaten half-centuries to see the hosts to their target with five overs to spare.
Upminster beat Division One rivals Southened, after more heroics from all-rounder Alan Ison.
Akbar Jabar fell without scoring, but Shafiq Rahman made a half-century before retiring hurt.
Ison clubbed an unbeaten 144 and Terry Wyatt (42) also chipped in as Upminster piled up 298-7.
Southend gave good chase, with Modassar Ibrahmin hitting a century.
But after captain Ollie Peck (2-44) had nabbed a brace, Ison (3-45) and Nick O’Dell (2-18) ran through the lower order to clinch a 26-run victory.
Rivals Hornchurch came up short against Fives.
Billy Gordon and Nathan McAndrew took two wickets apiece as Fives made 256-7.
But Hornchurch lost wickets at regular intervals in reply, after Paul Murray (38), Gordon (31) and Eliott Timoti (41) all made starts.
A 51-run stand for the ninth wicket, between Mark Whitlock (47) and Myles Timoti was their best partnership, but not enough in a 15-run defeat.
Rajnish Dohal shone with bat and ball as Harold Wood defeated Old Southendians in Division Two.
Dohal (4-8) was the pick of the bowling as the hosts were dismissed for 189, with Shahzad Hafeez (3-36) and Richard Brabner (2-46) also enjoying success.
Wood slipped to 80-6 before Brabner (35) and Dohal got them on track and Dohal (59 not out) dominated an unbroken 52-run stand for the ninth wicket to seal victory with eight balls remaining.
Rudi Filmalter (4-26) and Russ Collard (3-23) combined as Gidea Park & Romford dismissed Wickford for 156.
Vinayak Mane fell second ball in reply and Park slipped to 85-5, after Luke Baker (30) and Collard (32) got themselves in.
Chris McKie (24) kept them in the hunt and Sam Hewitt (37 not out) steered Park to a four-wicket win.