Rain ruins hopes of rivals

PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 June 2015

Upminster's Will Chuter in bowling action (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Upminster's Will Chuter in bowling action (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Matches abandoned across the county

Rain ruined the hopes of Havering rivals Ardleigh Green, Gidea Park & Romford and Upminster in the latest round of Essex League matches.

Green passed the 200-run mark for the first time this season in Division Two, as they reached 211 at Stanford.

Simon Jeffries (81) led the way with the bat for Chris Cook’s men, with opener Jon Bayfield (28) and tailenders Ayaz Younis (24) and Aaron Hills (20) also making starts.

But Stanford’s reply lasted just nine balls before the weather interved and left both sides with six points each.

Park’s clash with Harlow Town was reduced to 30 overs a side at Gallows Corner, with Harry Thompson (2-24) and Shawn Findlay quickly reducing the visitors to 23-3.

Adam McKie, Russ Collard and George Rogers also had success with the ball as Town reached 106-6 in the 25th over before play was abandoned.

Division One side Upminster travelled to Harlow, meanwhile, and were sent into the field after losing the toss.

Will Chuter struck early with the new ball to reduce the hosts to 22-2, before Nick O’Dell ended a half-century stand for third wicket.

Slow left-armer Matt Tigg picked up a scalp too, but Harlow had reached 121-4 after 25 overs when rain stopped play.

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