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Rain ruins champion Wanstead’s Essex League finale

PUBLISHED: 11:30 04 September 2016

Essex League champions Wanstead pose for a team picture ahead of their last match of the Premier Division season (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Essex League champions Wanstead pose for a team picture ahead of their last match of the Premier Division season (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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South Woodford sent down to Division One

Wanstead players are applauded onto the pitch at Overton Drive  (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Wanstead players are applauded onto the pitch at Overton Drive (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Champions Wanstead saw their Essex League Premier Division title-winning season end with a washout at Overton Drive.

Herons had clinched top spot with their win at Buckhurst Hill a week earlier and were given a guard of honour by some of their younger members before taking the field agains Colchester, after Joe Ellis-Grewal put the visitors into bat.

Jayden Rising made the breakthrough with the new ball, with Zain Shahzad picking up a second wicket at the other end with the score on 56 in the 15th over.

But Colchester’s third-wicket pair put on 88, before left-arm spinner Aron Nijjar struck, and they produced two 77-run stands to reach 301-6, as Ellis-Grewal’s 21 overs went for 105 and produced just a single wicket.

Jayden Rising (right) of Wanstead takes the first Colchester wicket and celebrates (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Jayden Rising (right) of Wanstead takes the first Colchester wicket and celebrates (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Arfan Akram fell to a second-ball duck in reply, with in-form Hassan Chowdhury trapped leg before for just seven in the fourth over to leave Herons 14-2 and facing a mountainous task.

But Feroze Khushi (33 not out) and Saurav Prabhakar moved the score to 56-2 after 19 overs, before rain began to fall and eventually led to the match being abandoned.

With runners-up seeing their derby against Hornchurch also abandoned, Herons finished 30 points clear at the top of the table in a memorable 150th anniversary campaign.

And having won the Essex League Cup as well, Ellis-Grewal’s men will look to complete a treble when they face West Indies United in the final of the Bertie Joel Cup at Sutton on Monday.

Zain Shahzad (right) of Wanstead celebrates taking a wicket against Colchester  (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Zain Shahzad (right) of Wanstead celebrates taking a wicket against Colchester (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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South Woodford were relegated to Essex League Division One after a disappointing defeat to Chingford on the final day of the season.

They trailed relegation their rivals by 13 points at the start of play and were 16 adrift of Buckhurst Hill and safety, so captain Joe Craddock chose to bat after winning the toss in the hope of securing a 25-point win.

Joe Ellis-Grewel of Wanstead appeals for a wicket against Colchester (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Joe Ellis-Grewel of Wanstead appeals for a wicket against Colchester (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

But Craddock fell for a fourth-ball duck in only the second over and opening partner Richard Browne followed soon after, having hit three fours.

Brad Copper and James Swash departed six balls apart to leave them 32-4 and Kabir Rashid was the fifth to fall, with the total only on 43 in the 18th over, before Harry Shirt and Chris Wong put on 25 for the sixth wicket, which proved the best partnership of the innings.

Wong and Jamie Carroll succumbed to Ben MacGregor, with Shirt following for a highest score of 28 after hitting five fours and faced 52 balls.

Kris Vadher finished unbeaten on 27, having also hit five fours, as MacGregor (5-29) ran through the tail to dismiss the hosts for just 107.

Wanstead's Adnan Akram is left on his knees in the field against Colchester (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Wanstead's Adnan Akram is left on his knees in the field against Colchester (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

And although Shirt dismissed MacGregor for a duck in the sixth over, Chelmsford reached 57-1 before Rashid claimed a second scalp.

And that was as good as it got for the hosts as Chingford reached their target without further loss, with Peter McDermott unbeaten on 51 as they sealed an eight-wicket win to condemn South Woodford to the drop.

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Honours finished even between Ilford and Shenfield at Valentines Park, as rain ruined hopes of a positive outcome.

Shenfield captain Jack Kliber chose to bat first at Valentines Park saw Arshad Ali (41) dominate a 56-run opening stand before offering a return catch to Awais Liaqat.

Harsh Kumar fell later in the same over, with Jack Potticary (20) and Matt Salisbury (26) both succumbing to Mohammed Ahktar to leave the visitors 108-4.

Tom Ballington followed without addition to the total, with Haris Mahmood becoming a third victim for Ahktar (3-57), but Tom Austin and Jamie Walton put on 56 for the seventh wicket.

Austin (37) took the score past 200, before Kalpesh Chandracant (3-32) mopped up the tail to dismiss Shenfield for 210.

Hamza Muhammad (36 not out) and Nigel Jacobs (48 not out) put on an unbroken 92 in 22 overs for the first Ilford wicket in reply, before rain began to fall and saw no further play possible, with the match ending in a draw.


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