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Horndon on the Hill 2nd 101 (34.3 overs)
Old Southendian & Southchurch 2nd 105/8 (23.5 overs)
Old Southendian & Southchurch 2nd won the toss and elected to bowl
Old Southendian & Southchurch 2nd won by two wickets
Skipper Sam Hodgson and Chris Pastfield took three wickets apiece, but Old Southendian & Southnchurch 2nds made heavy weather of seeing off their Horndon on the Hill counterparts at Garon Park.
With the scheduled first XI fixture between the two clubs washed out without a ball bowled, attention turned to the seaside and what proved to be a close Foster Division encounter.
Hodgson claimed 3/29 and Pastfield 3/31 as the home side dismissed the visitors’ for 101. Only four Horndon batsman got into double figures on what proved to be a difficult day in the middle – Luke Clements top-scoring with 20.
Clements carried the fight with the ball, taking 4/30 to ensure Horndon remained very much in the contest. However, 35 from and Mohammad Aqeel a useful 24 from Blake Sutheran drew the Old Boys closer to their target – Luke Wells steering them over the line with an unbeaten 16.
Points: Old Southendian & Southchurch 2nd 20 Horndon on the Hill 2nd 3