Essex League Premier Division: More abandonments for Wanstead, Shenfield, Brentwood, Upminster, Hornchurch and Ilford
PUBLISHED: 09:48 31 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:48 31 July 2017
Most local clubs were able to get some play in on Saturday, but eventually the rain prevented any positive results
There was frustration for all clubs in the Essex League Premier Division on Saturday with every match abandoned.
A lot of teams were able to complete one innings, but the rain eventually saw all fixtures called off.
Wanstead scored 192-5 off 43 overs before their home match with Shenfield was abandoned at 6pm.
Hassan Chowdhury hit a patient 64 with Feroze Khushi adding 57 before no further play occurred at Overton Drive.
Tom Austin impressed with the ball, taking 3-51, but both clubs were left cursing the poor weather again.
Brentwood’s derby with Upminster was abandoned much to the frustration of the two local rivals.
Matt Tigg’s visitors were made to bat first and scored 187 from 49 overs with brothers Julian Whetstone (34) and Connor Whetstone (28) showing their class.
Aaron West recorded figures of 4-33 from his 10 overs, but it counted for little once the heavens opened.
Hornchurch’s home match with Chelmsford ended prematurely due to the bad weather at Harrow Lodge Park.
The away side scored 233-5 from their 50 overs with Ben Clifford hitting a fine unbeaten 101.
Chamikara Mudalige (2-37) and Marc Whitlock (2-43) nabbed braces before the rain saw the game abandoned with Hornchurch 17-0 off 6.3 overs.
Ilford’s contest with Chingford was also off after both captains agreed to call it a day at 4.50pm.
Haaris Ayub (2-23) and Hussnain Kazmi (2-31) caught the eye with the ball as the Valentines Park club restricted the visitors to 179-8 from their 50 overs.
But Ilford couldn’t even get their innings underway with poor weather forcing the two captains to call it off.
Wanstead remain top of the table on 183 points with Brentwood (173), Chelmsford (169) and Shenfield (160) making up the top four.
Hornchurch (156) are breathing down their necks with Ilford (123) seventh and Upminster (91) occupying ninth - the final relegation spot.