CRICKET: Hadleigh & Thundersley secured an exciting two wicket win against Buckhurst Hill in the Premier Division of the Essex League.

Buckhurst Hill were bowled out for 203 after being put into bat with Haider Ali Syed Zaidi (2/28), Oliver Smith (2/20) and Adam Soilleux (2/22) all among the wickets.

In reply, Hadleigh recovered from 53/4 to triumph for the loss of eight wickets.

Oliver Smith top scored with 58 while Haider Ali Syed Zaidi added 55 to help fifth placed Hadleigh triumph.

In Division One, Billericay were beaten by five wickets against Epping.

Batting first, Billericay scored 189 with Arjun Bhardwaj opener leading the way with 47.

But Epping reached the required total for the loss of five wickets to leave Billericay fifth in the table.

In Division Two, Westcliff went fourth in the table after beating Benfleet by six wickets.

Benfleet scored 194/5 after being put into bat with Taylor Casson taking centre stage with a superb 101 not out.

Gavin Blowes added 37 while Lewis Groves took 2/28 with the ball for Westcliff.

Westcliff then made it home for the loss of four wickets with opener Charlie Lockhart scoring 73.

The defeat keeps Benfleet second from bottom in the table but Wickford remain below them after losing by seven wickets against Aztecs.

Wickford scored 204 after opting to bat first with opener Chirag Desai scoring 33.

But Aztecs passed the total for the loss of three wickets, despite the efforts of Cameron Brown who took 2/51.

Elsewhere, Old Southendian & Southchurch who are eighth in the table lost by four wickets against Woodford Wells.

Old Southendian were bowled out for 180 with Ahsan Yousaf scoring 56 before the hosts made it home for the loss of six wickets.

TJ Bailey took 2/50 with the ball Old Southendian.

In Division Three, eighth placed Leigh on Sea are just a point above the drop zone after losing by eight wickets against Woodford Green.

Leigh were bowled out for 108 with Toby Turner top scoring with 36 before Woodford Green surged to victory for the loss of just two wickets.

In Division Four, seventh placed Southend & EMT lost by 30 runs against London Eagles.

Eagles scored 194 in their innings with Harry Clarke the pick of the bowlers as he took 4/33.

But, in reply, Southend were bowled out for 164 with Matt Mohan scoring 47 and Nikhil Reddy 40.