CHELMSFORD suffered one of the surprise defeats of the weekend as they were beaten by SNEL Premier Division strugglers Upminster.

Upminster were restricted to 245 on a good pitch, but Jack Sterland’s 40 was the only score north of 20 as Chelmsford surrendered meekly, all out for 163.

The second team defeated the same opponents, with Stuart Everard taking three wickets and Sheraz Shahid two as Upminster posted 254-8.

Miles Clark contributed 94 while David Thrift and stand-in skipper Chris Thanos made 51, the latter not out, to obtain the runs required for the loss of just four wickets.

There was a nasty injury in the third team game away at Upminster which resulted in the match being curtailed.

Matthew Thorpe-Apps and Steve Bond took three wickets apiece as Upminster mustered 133-9 in their 45 overs.

Chelmsford were 95-4 when a head injury to an Upminster player resulted in a long delay, requiring an ambulance and medical attention.

It was agreed that, as Chelmsford were ahead on run-rate, they should be awarded the win.

A high scoring game at Chelmer Park saw the fourth team overcome Chingford.

Fard Waqar (68) and Azaz Khalil (69 not out) saw that the Chingford total was overcome with overs to spare, allowing Chelmsford to win by four wickets.

The 5s lost at home to Basildon & Pitsea 3s - Neil Parrish (55 not out) and Tanay Mukherjee (49) - by five wickets.

The Sunday first team were beaten for the first time this season at Buckhurst Hill.