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Wet weather ruins local cricket in the Essex League Premier Division and Division One

PUBLISHED: 13:00 24 July 2017

Most local cricket games were abandoned due to the poor weather (pic: St Andrews CC).

Most local cricket games were abandoned due to the poor weather (pic: St Andrews CC).

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Rain is only real winner from the weekend with Upminster and Ilford, among other clubs, left frustrated

Upminster and Ilford’s Essex League Premier Division derby was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to the poor weather.

The two clubs were both keen to get the fixture on and would have been confident of producing a fine match.

But the only winner was the weather with both sides sharing six points following a frustrating day.

It was a similar story for leaders Wanstead as their match with Chelmsford was off without a ball being bowled.

Shenfield and Brentwood at least managed to get through 11 overs before the rain caused their game to be abandoned.

The match started late because of the rain and was reduced to 35-overs per side before eventually getting underway at 3pm.

Aaron West showed his class with an unbeaten 46, while Tom Oakley was 24 not out, before the weather returned and the match was abandoned.

It was a similar story in Division One with Woodford Wells failing to see any action in their home fixture with Buckhurst Hill.

Billericay against Hadleigh was also abandoned before a ball was bowled, but South Woodford got through 27 overs at Gidea Park & Romford.

Home captain Jamal Francis won the toss and fielded first with some water on the wicket causing the game to start late.

South Woodford made a good start with Joe Craddock (21) and Bradley Cooper (10) putting on 35 for the first wicket.

Matt Connaughton (1-21) and Francis (1-23) dismissed the pair in quick succession, but it brought James Swash and Kasey Harris to the crease.

Swash departed following a 53-ball 19, though Harris looked in good touch, as he hit 27 not out before the rain arrived.

The game was eventually abandoned with South Woodford on 103-3 off 27 overs to leave both teams frustrated.

Harold Wood also got some play on against Belhus, but rain eventually won and saw their fixture abandoned.

Hamzah Ikram claimed 2-39 from his six overs while stand-in captain Shahbaz Khan picked up 1-26 before rain saw Belhus’ innings finish on 65-3 off 13 overs as the match was called off.

After a frustrating Saturday all of the aforementioned clubs will hope for better weather this weekend.

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