Two out of two for Old Boys

Brian Jeeves

Shenfield v Old Southendian & Southchurch – Division Three –  Shenfield Cricket Club – Report

Shenfield 156 (42.3 overs)

Old Southendian & Southchurch 157 for eight (45.4 overs)

Old Southenmdian & Southchurch won the toss and elected to bowl

Old Southendian & Southchurch won by two wickets

Old Southendian kept up their unbeaten start to the season with a narrow two-wicket victory over Shenfield at Chelmsford Road.

Ahsan Yousaf returned bowling figures for four for 18 as the Old Boys attack reduced the home side to 156. Jack Newton top-scored with 34*.

The chase wasn’t quite so straightforward, with wickets falling largely to former Essex man, Jack Plom (10-1-28-4) and Lesiba Ngoepe (10-2-25-3). However, 45 from skipper Max Craddock provided the foundations for the visitors’ second success of the season.

Shenfield: Jamie Walton, George Ballington, Lesiba Ngoepe, Tom Arnold, David Hickey, James Salisbury, Jack Newton, J Sedgley, Alex Rickenbach, Oliver Castell

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

Old Southendian & Southchurch 2nd won their Division Eight match with Benfleet 2nd at the Peter Butler Oval, Garon Park, by six wickets.

Sam Hodgson was the pick of the Old Boys attack with six for 40, while Cooper Fawcett (48) and Waj Ahmed (40) provided the standout performances with the bat.

Old Southendian & Southchurch 3rd beat their Belhus counterparts by 32 runs at Shoebury Park.

Blake Sutheran’s unbeaten 48* helped the home side to a modest 150. However, that proved sufficient as Tom Clarke (9-0-18-4) and Finlay Payne (9-3-13-3) ripped through the Belhus batting order to secure a comfortable victory.

Old Southendian & Southchurch 4th beat Benfleet 5th by 98 runs at Smallgains Park.

The Old Boys posted 150 for nine, with Declan Dear scoring 66. Toby Owen returned 5-0-8-3) as Benfleet were skittled in twenty-five overs for just 54.

Old Southendian & Southchurch 5th were unable to complete a clean sweep as Wickford won their Division 18 encounter by 99 runs at Shoebury Garrison.

Ronnie Gunyon was unbeaten on 75* as the visitors posted a competitive 230 for four. Meanwhile, Roger Walker (37), Shane Sutheran (22) and Robert Garwood (20) were the standout performers with the bat for the hosts.

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Brian Jeeves

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