Old Boys on top after Westcliff are walloped

Brian Jeeves

Old Southendian & Southchurch v Westcliff-On-Sea – Essex League Division Three – The Peter Butler Oval, Garon Park – Report

Old Southendian & Southchurch 234 for seven (dec) (44.0 overs)

Westcliff-On-Sea 115 (35.1 overs)

Westcliff-On-Sea won the toss and elected to bowl

Old Southendian & Southchurch won by 119 runs

Old Southendian & Southchurch moved fifteen points clear at the top of the Essex Cricket League Division Three table following a sizable 119-run victory over Westcliff-On-Sea at the Peter Butler Oval.

The home side posted a competitive 234 for seven (dec), with skipper Max Craddock paving the way with an unbeaten 65* from 72 balls, while Hemanth Kumar Venkatakrishna contributed 45 and Hardik Varma 42. Adnan Khan and Joe Robbins claimed two wickets apiece for the visitors.

The Old Boys utilised five bowlers. Varma continued to impress, this time with the ball, returning superb figures of 13.1-0-32-6. Ahsan Yousaf also played his part, with 14-4-40-3.

Westcliff skipper Robbins carried the fight in vain, hitting 44 off 26. However, the chase never gathered sufficient momentum to prevent the Old Boys from hitting the top spot.

Old Southendian & Southchurch: Hafiz Yawer Afzal, Shaurya Singh, Hemanth Kumar Venkatakrishna, Ahsan Yousaf, Matthew Darvill, Max Craddock, Hardik Varma, Callum Powrie, Dylan Batt, Joe Madren, Luke Clarke

Westcliff-On-Sea: Charlie Lockhart, Joe Robbins, Carl Lees, Hammad Ul Hassan, Alexander Portugal, Finlay Mackay, Naeem Amin, Prin Patel, Muhammad Farooqi, Callum Mortimer, Adnan Khan

Old Southendian & Southchurch’s second string recorded a two-wicket Division Eight triumph over Benfleet 2nd at Woodside Park.

Cooper Fawcett had figures of 16-2-49-4 for the visitors, while Mohammad Aqeel top-scored as they reached their target of 135 inside 29 overs.

Old Southendian & Southchurch 3rd suffered a two-wicket Division Thirteen defeat at the hands of Old Brentwoods at Shoebury Park.

Tom Clarke hit 67 for the beaten home side. Meanwhile, Sandeep Muraleedharan was the pick of their bowlers with 16-3-56-3.

With their fourth team game washed out, the focus turned to Old Southendian & Southchurch’s 5th team who thrashed Benfleet 5th by nine wickets at Shoebury Garrison.

Jack Payne was the star of the show for the home side, scoring an unbeaten 101*. Chris Dove had 7-0-30-3 with the ball to confirm their emphatic success.

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Brian Jeeves

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