Medlock Southend Evening Cricket League Round-up

Leigh On Sea kept their faint title hopes alive with a vital victory over Eastwood in a match rearranged due to the inclement weather conditions.

Leigh posted 170/6 with Kevin Sargent retiring unbeaten on fifty for the third time this season. Ed Collett chipped in with 24* and Greg Hammond 22 – Pragash with impressive figures of 4/30 for Eastwood.

Ryan Creasey hit 34 and Ciaran Turner 31. However, TJ Bailey (2/8) and Hammond (2/19) ensured that Eastwood fell 67 runs short of their target.

Southend On Sea & EMT and Rayleigh Fairview also staged a rearranged fixture, with hosts SOSEMT reaching 178/6 at Southchurch Park – Joe Sibbons retired unbeaten on 50, while Sohail Syed contributed 45 of the Seasiders total – Weeks (1/25) and Ayers (2/38) the pick of the Fairview attack.

Syed then took 2/4, while Glen Norfolk claimed 2/27 as Fairview were knocked over for 123 – SOSEMT claiming victory with 15 balls to spare.

Cup action saw Westcliff On Sea progress with a victory over Civic Centre at the first round stage.

Westcliff posted 182/3 – Charlie Lockhart and Peter Barnes both retired not out on 50, while Sam Hallows hit 30 – Gurpreet Singh (1/29) and Joe Smith (1/11) the best with the ball for Civic.

Civic had reached 156/7 by the conclusion – 26 runs shy of their sizable target. Adnan Khan (31) and Singh (22) doing their utmost – Dave Hewitt with 2/32 for the winners.

Westcliff now faces the winners of SOSEMT versus Leigh On Sea at the semi-final stage. Meanwhile, Civic Centre await the losers in the Plate Trophy

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