Mixed fortunes for local clubs

PUBLISHED: 08:22 03 May 2011

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Cup ties throw up some surprises

There were mixed fortunes for our local clubs on a busy weekend of cricket action.

Premier Division Ardleigh Green bowed out of the Essex League Cup after a five-wicket defeat at home to Shenfield.

Paul Hurworth (78) and Thomas Oakley (71) led Green to 226-7 from their 40 overs, but Shenfield’s Australian Elliot Richtor replied with 75, before Jack Kliber and Ryan Lugg saw them home.

Chris Collier (73 not out) top scored as Gidea Park & Romford made 237-5 against Division Three side Belhus.

Ejaz Khan and Azim Razzaq claimed two wickets each to help seal a 25-run win.

Jimmy Neesham’s unbeaten 129 steered Upminster to a nine-wicket triumph over Harold Wood in their derby.

Raihan Hussain (51) top scored in Wood’s 215-9, as Upminster captain Ollie Peck picked up 3-40.

But Neesham and Andrew D’cruz (70 not out) shared an unbroken 204-run stand to seal a comfortable victory.

Upminster were knocked out of the Conference Cup by Ardleigh Green on Sunday, however.

Roy Smith smashed 162 in Green’s 320-6, with Freddie Butt and Muazzam Ali adding half-centuries.

D’cruz hit a century in reply, but Upminster came up short on 296-9.

Shahbaz Iqbal (85) led Harold Wood to a four-wicket win over Oxford, after the hosts made 247-6.

And an unbeaten century from Simon Savides piloted Hornchurch to a 23-run win over Harrow.

But Gidea Park & Romford crashed to a 10-wicket defeat against Teddington, after being shot out for just 106.

The 2011 league season gets underway this Saturday.

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