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Derby delight for Upminster

PUBLISHED: 09:05 02 July 2012 | UPDATED: 09:32 02 July 2012

Alan Ison of Upminster celebrates after taking a wicket (Rob Newell/TGS)

Alan Ison of Upminster celebrates after taking a wicket (Rob Newell/TGS)

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Hornchurch slip into drop zone

Upminster came out on top in the big SNEL Division One derby at the weekend.

They held struggling Hornchurch to 178-9, after captain Ollie Peck won the toss.

But Upminster had their last-wicket pair at the crease when they reached their target in a tense finish.

Victory saw them draw level on points with second-placed Hadleigh, while Hornchurch dropped into the relegation places after a fifth successive defeat.

The two sides are due to meet again in the last 16 of the Essex T20 competition later this month.

Ardleigh Green were soundly beaten by Ilford in their Premier Division meeting.

Chamikara Mudalige and Ricky Gill took three wickets apiece as the visitors were dismissed for 231, after a century from Abir Chippa.

Green were never in the hunt in reply, falling to a 105-run defeat as young Chris Haylett (26) top scored.

Harold Wood kept their promotion hopes alive in Division Two after beating Belhus.

Chasing 224 for victory at North Stifford, they got them with six wickets in hand thanks to half-centuries from Phil Clark and Colin Sher.

Gidea Park & Romford lost ground, though, after falling to defeat at Old Southendian.

Vinayak Mane took four wickets as the home side were dismissed for 143.

But Park slumped to 39-6 in reply, as Adam Hunt wreaked havoc.

Jamal Francis held firm at one end, but fell six runs short of his fifty as Park were condemned to a 20-run loss.

Hornchurch Athletic went down by three wickets against Essex County League Premier Division leaders Scintilla, despite a league best 56 from Dillon Phillips.

But Havering beat Springfield by seven wickets in their Mid-Essex League Division Three encounter.

Chasing 196 for victory, they got home with six overs to spare as Andy Lazenby hit an unbeaten 71.

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