Upminster beat Hainault; Hornchurch stay top; Wells defeat title hopefuls
PUBLISHED: 10:00 29 June 2015
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Essex Division One round-up
Upminster made it two wins from their last three games with a four-wicket success at home to Essex Division One rivals Hainault.
The visitors to Upminster Park won the toss and chose to bat first but saw openers Umair Shafiq (15) and Rameez Rehman (1) go cheaply.
But half centuries from Mousshin Ismail (50) and skipper Ryan Hurst (51) pushed Hainault on to a competitive total as they were bowled out for 205 with five balls left in their innings.
James Aggio-Brewe was the pick of the hosts’ bowlers, finishing with figures of 3-68, while John Curtis (2-24), Will Chuter (2-28) and Matt Tigg (2-24) all took braces.
In reply, Upminster were given a solid start with good knocks from openers Steve Wright (42) and James Evans (27).
But the star of the show was Alan Ison who smacked 56 not out to help guide his team to glory inside 40 overs with Harry Jenkins chipping in with 26.
Shafiq (2-23) and Sadiq Kamal (2-31) tried their best to check Upminster’s progress but it was not enough to stave off a fourth loss in five games.
Hornchurch remain top of the league after a crushing 222-run home win over Hutton thanks to a brilliant century from Billy Gordon.
The hosts won the toss and while opener Jamie Sorrell (16) departed perhaps sooner than hoped, Gordon put the opposition bowlers to the sword on his way to a top score of 112.
Roy Smith produced a captain’s innings with 50 while there were also half centuries from Paul Walter (73) and Max Osborne (51) helped Hornchurch run up a massive score of 392-9.
Gordon (2-37) and Osborne (2-38) showed their prowess with the ball too as the both picked up braces, with Osborne taking the important wicket of the dangerous Hanuma Vihari.
But tormentor-in-chief was Taqi Abbas, who finished with 4-39, while Chamikara Mudelige (2-39) was economical as Hutton were skittled out for 170.
Woodford Wells recovered from a precarious early position to record a 48-run success against title-chasing Southend.
The hosts saw captain Joe Johnson (4), Alex Sharp (0) and Rishabh Singh (0) all depart cheaply to leave them three down and in trouble.
But Brenton Thompson (62) and William Rogers (76) helped to rebuild the innings and give the hosts hope of posting a competitive score.
Further down the order, an important knock of 51 not out from Gareth James saw Wells eventually reach 265-8 from their 50 overs.
James was equally as impressive with the ball, finishing with figures of 3-37 while Rehan Iqbal (3-36) was also in destructive form.
Peter McDermott recorded 2-35 to bowl the title hopefuls out for just 217 and reignite Wells’ promotion challenge in Division One.