CRICKET: Hadleigh & Thundersley suffered a seven wicket defeat against Colchester & East Essex.

Hadleigh were put into bat after losing the toss and scored 205/9.

Skipper Sam Handley top scored with 51 while Adam Soilleux added 34.

However, the total was not enough to trouble Colchester who made it home for the loss of just three wickets with Essex youngster Charlie Allison top scoring with 82.

Hadleigh picked up three points in the defeat and are now sixth in the Essex League Premier Division standings.

In Division One, Billericay bagged an emphatic 10 wicket victory against Upminster.

Billericay put Upminster into bat and bowled the visitors out for 163.

Louis Barrell took 3/35 with the ball while Robert Rayner (2/28) and Arjun Bhardwaj (2/27) also chipped in before Billericay impressed with the bat to cruise home.

Grant Roelofsen finished 95 not out while Bhardwaj was unbeaten on 54 as Billericay secured 20 points to go fifth in the table.

In Division Two, Old Southendian & Southchurch secured a two wicket win at Shenfield.

The hosts batted first and were bowled out for 156.

Ahsan Yousaf (4/18) and Hardik Varma (2/40) did well with the ball before Southendian made it home for the loss of eight wickets.

Skipper Max Craddock top scored with 45 as Old Southendian won their second game in succession.

Elsewhere, Westcliff were beaten by six wickets in a high-scoring clash at Old Parkonians.

Westcliff made 302/6 in their innings with opener Charlie Lockhart scoring an impressive 130.

However, it was not enough to prevent defeat as Old Parkonians reached the required total for the loss of four wickets.

In Division Three, Leigh on Sea beat Benfleet by eight wickets in a low-scoring clash.

Benfleet were put into bat first but were bowled out for just 75.

Sean Pritchard top scored with 18 while Shaun Du Plessis (3/21) and Tim Knox (3/17) took centre stage with the ball.

In reply, Leigh made it home for the loss of just two wickets with Jon Edwards scoring 33 not out.

Elsewhere in Division Three, Wickford lost by 120 runs against Stanford le Hope.

Stanford made 247/7 before Wickford were bowled out for 127.

In Division Four, Southend & EMT saw off Rainham by three runs.

Southend made 214 with Dean Waller top scoring with 72 before Rainham were bowled out for 211.

Alex Wainwright and Saadat Masood both took two wickets each for Southend.