Old Boys’ unbeaten start continues

Brian Jeeves

Old Southendian & Southchurch 256 for nine (50.0 overs)

Old Brentwoods 235 (48.4 overs)

Old Brentwoods won the toss and elected to bowl

Old Southendian & Southchurch won by 21 runs

Old Southendian & Southchurch remain unbeaten in Division Three following a hard-fought 21-run victory over Old Brentwoods at The Peter Butler Oval, Garon Park.

Hemanth Kumar Venkatakrishna’s 80 went towards the home side posting 256 for nine. Baber Choudhary returned impressively bowling figures of 10-0-39-4 for the visitors.

Sayaad Hussain and Muhammad Sajid hit half-centuries for Old Brents. However, Ahsan Yousaf had three for 44, while Matt Austin and Luke Clarke took two apiece to keep the Old Boys ahead by a nose at the conclusion.

Old Southendian & Southchurch: Matthew Darvill, Hafiz Yawer Afzal, Hemanth Kumar Venkatakrishna, Hardik Varma, Ahsan Yousa, Max Craddock, Dylan Batt, Matthew Austin, Ross Casson, Luke Clarke, Joe Madren

Old Brentwoods: Shazad Khan, Ahmed Zulfiqar, Baber Choudhary, Wasim Khalid, Rameez Rehman, Khalid Sarwar, Sayaad Hussain, Shehryar Ali Khan, Muhammad Sajid, Sulaman Hussain, Saeed Rauff

In Division Eight, Old Southendian & Southchurch 2nds edged out their Wickford counterparts by two wickets at the Patmore Memorial Sports Ground.

Henry Williams returned four for 11 as the home side were restricted to 145. Jordan Taylor’s unbeaten half-century helped the away side over the line.

Old Southendian & Southchurch 3rds thrashed Stamford-le-Hope 3rd by eight wickets in Division Thirteen, with wicketkeeper/batter Vijayakrishnan Valalveettil finishing unbeaten on 56*.

Old Southendian & Southchurch 4ths beat Westcliff-on-Sea 4th by 51 runs at Shoebury Garrison in a hastily arranged friendly match. Henry Hampshire top-scored with 72, while Toby Owen took five for 28 from a productive six-over spell.

Old Southendian & Southchurch 5th slipped to a three-wicket defeat at the De Rougemont Ground against Brentwood 6th in Division Eighteen. Robert Laird top-scored with 41. Jerry Stock was the pick of the Old Boys attack with four for 17.

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Brian Jeeves

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