OLD Southendian & Southchurch saw their 100 per cent winning record ended as they suffered a 64-run defeat to Frenford at Garon Park.

Andy McGarry’s side went into the Division Two encounter with three consecutive victories.

And McGarry feels improvements must be made if his side are to get back to winning ways.

Old Boys’ captain said: “It’s always disappointing to lose, but we can take some pride from the start we’ve made and we can only look to repeat the positive performances we have put in during the first few weeks.

“It was a mixed performance, there were some things we did very well and definitely some things to improve upon going forwards.

“Once again we made a great start with the ball, having them 76/6, but we failed to hammer that home and too many batters got a start without going on and making a match-defining score.”

Nabeel Akhtar claimed bowling figures of 3-36 as Frenford reached 225/9 from their 50 overs at the crease.

But Old Southendian were unable to reach their target as they were all out for 161.

But McGarry was pleased to see Ahmed Khawaja, who took 4-48 before hitting 54 runs with the bat, continue his fine form in the reverse.

McGarry added: “Ahmed is a quality cricketer and we are lucky to have him.

“Week in, week out he puts consistent performances in and it is a rare occasion when he fails to make an impact on a game.

“We have come to expect nothing less from him.”

Old Southendian remain second in the standings.