Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Cricket: Stanford seal back to back wins

Stanford le Hope CC 211 all out beat Old Southendians CC 153 all out by 58 runs.

STANFORD continued their fine form in the time format of the game as they comfortably beat old boys at Southchurch park on Saturday. Stanford won the toss and elected to bat on a pitch that looked conducive to spin and started brightly with captain Lee Knight (47) and Alex Ellis (25) putting on 60 for the first wicket. Once Knight was dismissed by Hunt (4-86 off 20 overs), Martin Leslie picked up the mantle and started to attack both old boys spinners. Leslie batted patiently at times and kept the scoreboard ticking over as he amassed 54 off 58 balls. Leslie found able steeds in Chay Hedges (17) and Ross Poulton (32) as Stanford posted a competitive score of 211, the highlight for the Old Souths attack was Mike Gridley who picked up 6-72.

The ever-reliable and impressive Ross Poulton took the new ball for Stanford and bowled with flight, guile, grip and rip as he went about making inroads into the old boys batting line up. Poulton went on to collect 4 scalps as he bowled with impressive figures of 4-25 off 21 overs. Gary Sanderson also removed the prize wickets of overseas player Hendrickse (47) and dangerman Johnston (6) before being replaced by 1st team debutant Sachin Sewgobind. 19 year old Sewgobind, who has been impressive in the 2nd XI this year, took his opportunity and removed the hard hitting Sawyer (44) through the best piece of fielding you are ever likely to see.

The ball was going for a six, before Aussie Harry Maher caught the ball inside the boundary and threw it some 30 yards to Kevin Smith who took the catch cleanly. Such Athleticism is expected of Maher who excels in the field and he received a standing ovation from the home crowd. Sewgobind picked up the last 2 wickets as he finished with figures of 3-40. Stanford won by 58 runs and are placed 4th in the league, captain Lee Knight was delighted after the match and hopes that this form can continue in the overs format of the game and potentially launch a late attack on the promotion chase.

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