Stanford Le Hope 151 (37.4 overs)
Old Southendian & Southchurch 153/8 (37.3 overs)
Stanford Le Hope won the toss and elected to bat
Old Southendian & Southchurch won by two wickets
MATTHEW AUSTIN’S 3/14 paved the way for Old Southendian & Southchuch to open their Cook Division campaign with a two-wicket victory over Stanford Le Hope at Garon Park.
Ahmed Khawaja and Kaden Threadgold chipped in with two apiece as the visitors were dismissed for 151 inside 38 overs. Michael Edwards finishing unbeaten on 35 for Stanford Le Hope.
The Old Boys made heavy weather of the chase. Wicketkeeper/batsman Josh Perry hit 33 off 56 deliveries. However, the host’s appeared in trouble at 90/6.
But Austin steadied the ship, scoring an unbeaten 37 off 43, to guide the Old Boys home with 15 deliveries to spare.
Speaking to Yellow Sport after the match, Old Southendian Head Coach, Andy McGarry, said: “It was a good team effort with everyone chipping in with runs or wickets.
“It was great to start with a win but equally great to get on the field with everyone after such a long time.”