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Harold Wood have made a good start to life in the Premier Division (pic: David Mirzoeff) Harold Wood have made a good start to life in the Premier Division (pic: David Mirzoeff)

Monday, May 26, 2014
2:02 PM

Cricket hit by wet weather once again

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Harold Wood came out on top against Essex Premier Division rivals Ilford as rain hit the region once again at the weekend.

And Upminster got the better of South Woodford in another top flight derby affected by the weather.

Colin Sher hit four sixes and three fours in his 74, from 90 balls, as Harold Wood reached 187-7 from 37 overs.

Burhan Mahmood (33) and Craig Sampson (27) also contributed for the visitors at Valentines Park, as Babu Veettil (2-29), Hendro Puchert (2-31) and Wood old boy Waqas Shafique (2-31) nabbed braces for Ilford.

The home side were set a revised target of 204, but lost openers Puchert and Gagan Bhogal to Hamza Ikram (2-13) with only eight runs on the scoreboard.

Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals, but Wesley Fernando (34 not out) held firm at one end.

Usman Aslam (3-32) and Sarfaraz Ahmed (2-29) had success for Wood as they wrapped up a convincing 102-run victory.

After a slightly delayed start at South Woodford, visiting Upminster reached 120-2 thanks to an unbeaten 67 from Farid Butt.

And the home side were set a revised target of 199 from 29 overs following further interuptions for rain, which proved well beyond them.

Upminster spinners Reece O’Connell (2-10), Oliver Peck (3-15) and Shafiq Rahman (3-11) turned the screw to reduce Woodford to 39-9, before tailenders Matthew Lancaster (21 not out) and Garry Neicho put on an unbroken 38 for the last wicket in a 122-run defeat.

Wanstead saw Kishen Velani (2-26) strike early blows with the new ball at Chelmsford, before the hosts reached 163-3 in 40 overs.

Heavy rain cut short their innings and the visitors were set a new target of 134 off 20 overs.

Jonathan Das hit a six and five fours in his 34 off 24 balls to get them off to a good start and Velani struck a six and five fours to finish unbeaten on 50, from 39 deliveries, to see them to a six-wicket win with 16 balls remaining.

Fives & Heronians escaped the bad weather to beat hosts Leigh by four wickets in Division Two.

Having dismissed the home side for 212 in 45 overs, Fives saw Terry Ballard hit 87 to help them to their target inside 32 overs.

But Hutton went down by seven wickets against Colchester at Castle Park, after Hanuman Vihari Gade (62), Stuart Feeley (58) and Chris McNally (51) had led them to 226-6.

David Carpenter (2-47) nabbed a brace in reply for Hutton, but it was little consolation as their hosts got home in the 47th over.

Elsewhere, it was a frustrating day for most local clubs.

Brentwood’s Premier Division trip to Loughton and Shenfield’s home meeting with Chingford were both washed out by the rain.

And Ardleigh Green, Hainault & Clayhall and Woodford Wells saw home fixtures against Southend, Harlow and Buckhurst Hill wiped out in Division One, while the Division Two derby between Hornchurch and Gidea Park & Romford ended inside 20 overs.

After a 30-minute delay to the start of play, Michael Bones (48 not out) and Paul Murray (42 not out) led the home side to 93-0 before the heavens opened and play was abandoned.

Oakfield Parkonians saw their Division Three trip to Harlow Town wiped out, while Old Brentwoods suffered the same fate at home against Old Southendian.

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