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Green sink on wet weekend

PUBLISHED: 09:12 09 July 2012

Gidea Park & Romford captain Chris Collier (L) and Westcliff's Peter Barnes check the state of the pitch before the match is cancelled due to heavy rain (Gavin Ellis/TGS)

Gidea Park & Romford captain Chris Collier (L) and Westcliff's Peter Barnes check the state of the pitch before the match is cancelled due to heavy rain (Gavin Ellis/TGS)

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Strugglers suffer another defeat

Local cricket was hit by more wet weather at the weekend, while Ardleigh Green were sunk by SNEL Premier Division leaders Chelmsford.

Put into bat at Chelmer Park, Green’s basement boys made a steady start through Alex Cason and Paul Hurworth, who put on 43.

Both openers fell without addition to the total, though, and Green limped to 90-5 before a stunning late collapse saw their last five wickets fall for no more runs.

Anthony Hill and Ricky Gill claimed two wickets apiece in the Chelmsford reply, but could not prevent Green falling to a six-wicket defeat.

Chris Cook’s men are 43 points adrift of safety at the midway mark of the season and visit Buckhurst Hill next weekend.

Hornchurch’s Division One clash with Southend ended in a draw at Harrow Lodge Park.

Elliot Timoti’s half-century led the way as Hornchurch reached 165-8 in 35 overs.

And Southend came up short on 140-4 in their 23 overs in reply.

Hornchurch won their league cup derby with Ardleigh Green on the toss of a coin on Sunday.

Upminster’s clash at Orsett fell victim to the elements, while Gidea Park & Romford’s Division Two clash with Westcliff and Harold Wood’s meeting with Stanford were both called off due to waterlogged pitches.

Hornchurch Athletic’s trip to Essex County League champions Goresbrook joined the casualty list, but Havering were comfortable winners at Mid-Essex League Division Three rivals South Woodham Ferrers.

Havering made 200-6, with a half-century from Scott Jackson leading the way, then dismissed the hosts for just 65 to maintain their promotion hopes.

Craig Wilkins claimed four wickets, while Jackson and Luke Dyerson took three apiece.

Rainham enjoyed a similarly convincing victory over Little Waltham 2nds in Division Four.

After piling up 219-7 at Spring Farm Park, with opener Sid Patel’s half-century leading the way, Rainham dismissed the visitors for just 85.

John Wratton took five wickets, with Dipal Patel and Alex Sullivan nabbing braces.

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