West’s heroics leave Old Boys frustrated

Old Southendian & Southchurch 1st v Horndon on the Hill 1st – Hamro Foundation Essex League (1st XI Division One) – Garon Park – Summary

Old Southendian & Southchurch 235/9 (50.0 overs)
Horndon on the Hill 160/9 (46.0 overs)
Old Southendian & Southchurch won the toss and elected to bat
Match drawn

Horndon on the Hill precariously navigated themselves towards a share of the spoil after the Old Boys had looked set to clinch a vital victory in this Division One relegation battle.

Sam Hodgson top-scored with 47, while Max Craddock (38) and Kyle Smith (37) made useful contributions towards the home side posting 235/9 – Horndon Skipper, Jeff West doing his utmost with the ball, taking 3/46, while Connor Hammond, Paul Bennett and Andrew Clark each claimed two apiece.

Horndon made heavy weather of the chase – West holding it together with an unbeaten 80. Ahmed Khawaja took 3/40 and Matthew Austin 3/42 as the Old boys honed in on maximum points. However, the visitors’ managed to bat out the remaining overs, keeping themselves in touch with those directly above them and dragging the Old Boys within eight points of the dropzone.

Old Southendian & Southchurch: Matt Austin (Capt), Kyle Smith, Sam Hodgson, Ahsan Yousaf, Ahmed Khawaja, Wasqas Khaliq, Max Craddock, Matt Darvill, Jamil Ahmed, Sandeep Muraleedharan, Henry Williams

Horndon on the Hill: Ian Clark, Ryan Plom, Jack Walsh, Connor Hammond, Paul Bennett, Jeff West (Capt), Ryan Cutts, Stephen Edwards, Connor Cutts, Harry Cook, Andrew Clark

Points: Old Southendian & Southchurch 12 Horndon on the Hill 6

Brian Jeeves

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