Pegasus and Corringham Veterans 137-3
Belhus Veterans 108-4
Pegasus and Corringham won the South Essex District Cricket Board’s veterans’ trophy on their own ground as they overcome Belhus by 29 runs in this mid-week evening final. Pegs were off to a flyer in slight rain under leaden skies in this weather-reduced fixture.
The home side had 47 runs on the board very quickly, but it was at this point when a sharp throw from Mathew Lewis on the cover point boundary ran out Pearce by a fair distance for 20 runs.
With the score on 78, Gray was bowled by Richard Waters and shortly after Roger Maxted lofted the ball to Waters at mid-on from the bowling of Cliff Cansdale for 35. Belhus sensed a way back in to the game but a catalogue of mistakes in the field and some lusty hitting from Steve Francis (45 not out) and Ben Francis (13 not out) saw Pegasus and Corringham set a difficult target.
Conditions improved for the Belhus innings, but their fortunes did not. Edwards fell to the first ball faced and then, with the Belhus score on 19, James Banner was bowled by Sharpe for 11 runs. Scott Bayford fell for 15 runs though Waters and Steve Huckstepp set about repairing the innings.
The game finally slipped away from Belhus when, requiring 60 runs from just 24 deliveries, Waters was stumped off the bowling of Fernandess for 21. Huckstepp and Ian Joyce, both undefeated with 24 and 22, made the total look respectable but, in truth, Belhus were always significantly behind the required rate as Pegasus and Corringham emerged as worthy winners. Sharpe received the plaudits as best bowler by claiming three Belhus wickets for just 18 runs from his alloted three overs.