CRICKET: Hadleigh & Thundersley secured an impressive seven wicket win against Brentwood in the Premier Division of the Essex League.

Brentwood elected to bat first and winning the toss and were dismissed for 125.

Hadleigh skipper Sam Handley caught the eye with the ball as he took six wickets for just 37 runs including the scalps of Essex batsman Will Buttleman and Middlesex’s Chris Green who were both lining up for Brentwood.

In reply, Hadleigh made it home for the loss of just three wickets with opener Matt Brewster top scoring with 39 as the hosts moved up to third in the table.

In Division One, there was success for Billericay as they beat Upminster by six wickets.

Upminster were dismissed for 201 with Billericay bowlers Ross Poulton (3/37) and Amar Patel (3/63) both causing problems with the ball.

But it was Grant Roelofsen who again led the way with the bat for Billericay as he scored an impressive 106.

Rehman Ahmed also saw the side home with a fine 86 not out to help Billericay move up to third in the table.

Wickford are now bottom of the table after losing to Loughton by nine wickets.

Wickford batted first and scored 172/9 with Gareth Wright top scoring with 25.

But Loughton comfortably reached the winning total thanks to Hamza Ahmed scoring an unbeaten 117.

In Division Two, second placed Westcliff drew with Epping.

Westcliff made 238 in their innings with Hammad Ul Hassan scoring 76, Peter Barnes 64 and Gurpreet Singh 31.

In reply Epping made 206/6 with Hammad Ul Hassan taking 2/45.

Elsewhere in Division Two, Old Southendian & Southchurch drew with Oakfield Parkonians .

Oakfield scored 283/6 with Matthew Austin and Andrew McGarry both taking two wickets for Southendian who then made 220/6.

Jordan Taylor top scored with 60.

Benfleet suffered a seven wicket defeat to Old Brentwoods but there was success for Leigh on Sea who beat Orsett & Thurrock by seven wickets.

Leigh scored 197/3 with Jon Edwards scoring 107 not out before Orsett were dismissed for 195 with TJ Bailey taking 5/41.

In Division Three, Southend & EMT suffered a seven wicket defeat at Stanford le Hope.

Southend were bowled out for 113 before Stanford made it home for the loss of three wickets.