Wickford 244/8 (40.0 overs)
Old Southendian & Southchurch 245/6 (39.3 overs)
Wickford won the toss and elected to bat
Old Southendian & Southchurch won by four wickets
Ahmed Khawaja majestically lashed an unbeaten 134 to carry Old Southendian & Southchurch to a Cook Division victory over Wickford at Garon Park.
Khawaja’s knock, compiled from 112 balls, included nine 4’s and eight 6’s, helped the Old Boys over the line with three balls to spare after Wickford had posted a competitive 244/8 from their 40 overs.
Ronnie McKenna’s impressive 77 was the highlight of the visitors’ innings – Andy McGarry with 4/36 and Matt Austin, 3/41, the pick of the home sides’ attack.
Connor Etchells did his utmost with 2/43. But the prize wicket of Khawaja remained elusive and that ultimately proved decisive.
Speaking to Yellow Sport, Khawaja explained: “We lost early three wickets and the chase was becoming harder and harder. Chris Bunce joined me at the crease and told me to stick around and take the game as deep as possible, that’s what I did.
“Matt Austin played a brilliant supporting role too by scoring 30 runs. The wicket was very flat – a batsman’s paradise. Luckily, all shots I hit came off the middle of the bat, and we were finally able to pull the chase off in the end.”
Points: Old Southendian & Southchurch 20 Wickford 6