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Upminster’s winning streak comes to an end in Essex League Division One

PUBLISHED: 09:00 18 July 2016

Upminster captain Alan Ison (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Upminster captain Alan Ison (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Derby delight for Harold Wood at Billericay

Action from the derby between Billericay and Harold Wood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Action from the derby between Billericay and Harold Wood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Upminster saw their eight-match winning run in Essex League Division One brought to an end in disappointing fashion by Hadleigh.

Alan Ison’s table-toppers looked to have set themselves up for more success after dismissing the home side for 149, following Hadleigh’s decision to bat.

But the visitors suffered a batting collapse in reply and fell to a 39-run defeat.

Louis Pickering struck early with the new ball for Upminster, but Hadleigh’s second-wicket pair then put on 52.

Action from the derby between Billericay and Harold Wood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Action from the derby between Billericay and Harold Wood (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Ollie Peck and Julian Whetstone struck in quick succession to make it 57-3, with Shafiq Rahman also getting in on the act to claim a fourth Hadleigh wicket on 73.

Matt Tigg removed home skipper Adam Soilleux, but Hadleigh moved to 141-5 before losing their last five wickets for just eight runs.

Connor Whetstone (3-17) was the main beneficiary, before Tigg (3-28) wrapped up the innings with the last ball of his seventh over.

But Upminster, without in-form Shahbaz Butt, got off to a poor start in reply as as Rahman fell for a fifth-ball duck.

Harold Wood batsmen celebrate at Billericay (pic; Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Harold Wood batsmen celebrate at Billericay (pic; Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Frank Hazel dominated a 63-run stand for the second wicket with Julian Wheststone, hitting a six and seven fours in a 30-ball knock.

But his departure prompted a collapse that saw the visitors lose nine wickets for 47 runs.

Whetstone, Ison and Pickering all fell with the score on 69, with Harry Jenkins becoming Sam Handley’s third victim to make it 76-6.

James Aggio-Brewe dug in for 31 deliveries to reach double figures, before falling with the total on 87, and Connor Whetstone and Peck departed in quick succession to leave Upminster 91-9.

Tigg and last man John Curtis put on 19 for the last wicket, the second-best stand of the innings, before Anthony Grosvenor (4-15) sealed Hadleigh’s success.

Upminster remain 30 pointns clear of Orsett, following their surprise loss at Loughton, and will look to get back to winning ways when they host Southend next weekend.

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Harold Wood maintained their good recent form with a comfortable Essex League Division One derby win at Billericay.

Shahbaz Khan and Maruf Chowdhury struck early blows with the ball to leave the home side struggling at 18-2 in the 10th over.

And Wood never took their foot off the pedal as Billericay were restricted to 161-8 in their 50 overs.

Half-centuries from Mohammed Shihan (69) and Raihan Hussain (53 not out) steered Wood to their target inside 21 overs with seven wickets in hand as they moved to within six points of second-placed Orsett, who were beaten at Loughton.

Richard Brabner’s men travel to lowly Fives & Heronians next weekend.


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