A FINE all-round performance by Jack Hebron helped Colchester and East Essex record back-to-back wins in Shepherd Neame Essex League division one.

Hebron claimed impressive figures of 3-58 in his 13-over spell and then hit an unbeaten half-century, to help his side see off bottom club Upminster.

The four-wicket win - which secured 20 batting points - helped Colchester consolidate second place in the First XI division one table, ahead of their home match with Woodford Wells on Saturday.

Upminster, who are yet to record a win this season following their relegation from the premier division last season, won the toss and elected to bat first.

The hosts initially made a solid start and had reached 39 for the opening wicket, before Ben Stephens finally made the all-important breakthrough to see off opener Farid Butt (18).

Upminster continued with their efforts to try to build a lead though and despite wickets from Hebron and Taurai Muzarabani, a fourth-wicket stand of 94 gave them a platform.

But Hebron then struck to remove the dangerous Shahbaz Butt (57) and Louis Pickering (44) in quick succession.

Nevertheless, Harry Jenkins (43 not out) and Frankie Hazle (15 no) helped Upminster finish 240 for five, in their 50 overs.

Colchester suffered an early blow when skipper Jake Foley was dismissed for just three, to leave the score eight for one.

But a superb second-wicket stand worth 138 between opener Kieran Dale (82) and Joe Austin (60) saw Colchester close to within their target.

Even after Austin had departed, Dale and Hebron continued to add runs.

And although Josh Rymell, Ollie Lovejoy and Jack Crace failed to reach double figures after Dale eventually went, the visitors were well on their way to victory.

It was left to Hebron and Denson Narayan (19 not out) to see Colchester home to a convincing win, inside 42 overs.

Colchester will be hoping to maintain their good form when they host Woodford Wells, this weekend.

Colchester's second team fell to an eight-wicket defeat at the hands of their Shenfield counterparts, in their latest Second XI premier division fixture.

After being put into bat, the home side declared on 209 for eight, in their 50 overs.

But Colchester were unable to keep Shenfield's bowlers in check, as the visitors reached their target within 39 overs to secure victory.