Belhus 211/6 (40.0 overs)
Old Southendian & Southchurch 213/2 (29.1 overs)
Belhus won the toss and elected to bat
Old Southendian & Southchurch won by eight wickets
Chris Bunce bought the curtain down on a 40-year playing career with Old Southendian & Southchurch by hitting the winning runs as Belhus were beaten in front of a sizable crowd at Garon Park.
Bunce’s cover drive secured an eight-wicket Cook Division success – the Old Boys six of the season – as he concluded his final first-team innings unbeaten on 37.
Earlier, Belhus had posted 211/6 – Danny Norris top-scoring with 74* – Ahmed Khawaja claimed 3/21. However, another subplot developed as thirteen-year-old Dylan Batt, believed to be the youngest first-team debutant in more than a century of Old Boys cricket, claimed 2/44.
Wicketkeeper/batsman, Josh Perry was the mainstay of the home sides innings with 63*, while Kyle Smith’s 61 added to an already secure foundation ahead of Bunce’s last hurrah.
Points: Old Southendian & Southchurch 20 Belhus 4