Cricket: Wanstead remain top of Essex Premier Division, but Brentwood stay hot on their heels

PUBLISHED: 09:00 17 July 2017

Wanstead skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Wanstead skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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A round=up of the latest matches from the Essex Premier Division

Wanstead remain top of the Essex Premier Division following a 54-run win away to Southend.

After being put in to bat, the Herons closed on 329-8, with both Adnan Akram (68) and Jonathan Das (54) notching half-centuries.

It was the spinners who impressed with the ball for the visitors as both skipper Joe Ellis-Grewal and Mohammed Fayyaz Khan both took three wickets, with Southend all out for 275.

Next up for Wanstead is a trip to title rivals Chelmsford on Saturday.

Brentwood remain just 10 points adrift of Wanstead in second following a nine-wicket success at home to Colchester.

The hosts were put into the field after losing the toss, but Ian Belchamber took 5-32 as the visitors were bowled out for just 148.

Brentwood saw off the chase with relative ease, though Guy Balmford agonisingly finished unbeaten on 99, with fellow opener Aaron West the only wicket to fall.

Next up for Joe Buttleman’s men is a trip to local rivals Shenfield, who will also head into that match on the back of a win after beating Hornchurch by seven wickets away from home.

After winning the toss, Shenfield elected to field, with Jack Plom taking 4-31 to bowl the hosts out for 161, as Zeeshan Khan top scored with 26.

In reply, Billy Gordon, Mehad Khan and Chamikara Mudalige all took wickets, but it was not enough as half-centuries from both Jamie Walton (55) and Ollie Ekers (50 not out) saw the visitors home.

Hornchurch will hope to return to winning ways on Saturday when they visit Colchester.

Divisional rivals Upminster, meanwhile, recorded a 43-run success at home to in-form Chingford.

After choosing to bat, the hosts closed on 253-7 with both Shahbaz Butt (94) and Louis Pickering (58) passing 50.

Connor Whetstone finished with figures of 4-35 with the ball for Upminster as they restricted their visitors to just 210-9 in reply.

Upminster’s next opponents Ilford, however, suffered a disappointing 101-run defeat on their trip to Chelmsford.

After electing to field, figures of 2-70 from Mohammad Ahktar helped restrict the hosts to 251-6.

However, only Ashar Zaidi with a knock of 51 passed 20 in reply for the visitors, who were all out inside 35 overs having put just 150 on the board.

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