Colchester and East Essex v Chelmsford – Hamro Fondation Essex League (First XI Premier League) – Castle Park – Summary
Colchester and East Essex 105 (40.2 overs)
Chelmsford 109/4 (22.4 overs)
Chelmsford won the toss and elected to bowl
Chelmsford won by six wickets
Chelmsford took full advantage of a slip by Hornchurch to open up an eighteen-point lead at the Premier Division summit.
While Hornchurch was slipping to fellow title hopefuls, Wanstead & Snaresbrook, Chelmsford put the pedal to the metal, recording a six-wicket victory over Colchester and East Essex at Castle Park.
Defending 105 was always going to be a tall order for the home side. Jack Hobbs did his utmost with the bat, hitting 58. However, those around him fell cheaply, while Liam Keaney (3/10), James Liddiard (3/14) and Andy Styan (3/29) made short work of the Colchester order.
Chelmsford chased down the target inside 23 overs. Skipper, Jack Sterland led the way with 43 – Robert Catchpole (15) Jack Cook (13) in the middle at the conclusion, while Charlie Watts (2/27) and Vikas Agarwal (2/36) offered resistance with the ball from the hosts.
Colchester and East Essex: Joe MacGregor, Feroze Ahmed, Dan Wolf, Simon Fernandes, Charlie Fernandes, Jack Hobbs, Oliver Allison, Darren Eckford, Oliver Hills, Charlie Watts, Vikas Agarwal
Chelmsford: Jack Sterland, Ben Clifford, Oliver Devenish, James Clifford, Robert Catchpole, Jack Cook, Brad Green, Liam Keaney, Andy Styan, Aaron Beard, James Liddiard
Points: Colchester and East Essex 1 Chelmsford 20