CRICKET: Hadleigh & Thundersley finished the season sixth in the Premier Division of the Essex League after losing by 28 runs to Wanstead & Snaresbrook in the final game of the campaign.

Wanstead opted to bat first and were bowled out for 223.

Ishen Patel (4/35) was the pick of Hadleigh’s bowlers before they were bowled out for 195 in reply.

Oliver Smith top scored with 51 while skipper Sam Handley was the second highest scorer with 34.

In Division One, Billericay finished their season on a high after beating Harold Wood by eight wickets.

Harold Wood batted first and scored 210/9.

Billericay spread the wickets around with Ross Poulton (2/28).Arjun Bhardwaj (2/38) and Joe Carson (2/37) all chipping in.

In reply, Billericay made it home for the loss of just two wickets with Heshan Mahendra top scoring with 76.

Matthew Bell added 63 not out to help Billericay secure victory and a fourth place finish.

In Division Two, Westcliff finished the season sitting fifth after beating Old Southendian & Southchurch by two runs in an exciting final day clash.

Westcliff scored 312 after winning the toss and choosing to bat first.

Hammad Ul Hassan led the way with 112 not out while Naeem Amin added 77.

Andrew McGarry (5/61) was the pick of the Southendian bowlers.

Eighth placed Old Southendian & Southchurch fell just short of the winning total in reply and finished their innings on 310/7.

Opener Hafiz Yawer Afzal scored a brilliant 143 and Callum Powrie added 55.

Hammad Ul Hassan (3/26) did most damage with the ball for Westcliff.

Already relegated Benfleet and Wickford both ended the season with defeats.

Benfleet lost by five wickets against Springfield.

Benfleet scored 199/9 with Gavin Blowes top scoring with 77 before Springfield made it home for the loss of five wickets.

Elsewhere, Wickford lost by four wickets against Horndon on the Hill.

In Division Three, seventh placed Leigh on Sea stayed up by five points after beating Harlow by five wickets.

Harlow were bowled out for 141 with Tim Knox (3/33) and Ben Giles (3/35) doing well with the ball.

Leigh then made it home for the loss of five wickets with opener James Spencer top scoring with 41.

In Division Four, Southend & EMT finished the season in seventh place.