HADLEIGH & Thundersley triumphed in a ‘freak’ game with Brentwood – despite being bowled out for just 65.

Skipper Adam Dobson top scored with 20 while Adam Forbes hit 18 to become the only other batsman to reach double figures.

But Hadleigh were still able to triumph after bowling out Brentwood for just 41, much to the delight of Dobson.

“There’s really no way to describe it other than it was a freak game,” said Dobson.

“The pitch was obviously very bowler friendly, but it wasn't a pitch where you’d have said there’d be 100 runs across both innings.

“Asides from an obviously incredible bowling and fielding performance, it just shows the grit and determination in this group of players.

“I can’t say we thought we’d win the game after being bowled out for 61, but we all said in the huddle “why not!?” and the boys took every chance that came their way.”

Samuel Handley took a remarkable four wickets for just one run while Richard Revell took 5/19 to leave Dobson full of joy.

“I couldn’t be prouder as captain,” said Dobson.

“It’s a huge result for us and gives us a real platform for the rest of the season.

“We move into the timed format this week against Wanstead, so we know that will be a tough game,” said Dobson.

“But we will try to use the momentum we’ve built in the first five weeks to continue to put pressure on the teams at the top of the table.”

Hadleigh’s win means they now sit second in the Premier Division standings, just a point behind leaders Chelmsford.

However, at the other end of the table Billericay now sit bottom after suffering a 67 run defeat at Colchester who started the day below them in the standings.

In Division One, second placed Old Southendian & Southchurch beat Loughton by 119 runs thanks to a brilliant 157 not out from Ahmed Khawaja.

His unbeaten century saw Southendian hit 281/6 before Loughton were bowled out for 162 in reply with Jamil Ahmed taking 4/48.

In Division Two, Wickford remain top of the table after beating third placed Leigh on Sea by seven wickets.

Leigh made 209/9 in their innings with Oliver Wagstaff top scoring with 78 before Wickford reached the required total for the loss of just three wickets with Ronnie McKenna hitting 67 not out.

Fourth placed Westcliff are level on 70 points with Leigh after suffering a 71 run defeat at Oakfield Parkonians.

Southend & EMT remain bottom of the table after suffering an 18 run defeat against sixth placed Benfleet.