OLD Southendian & Southchurch saw off Westcliff and the wet weather to move top of the Essex League Division Two table.

Southendian’s 119 run win came in the only match to avoid being abandoned in the league on Saturday.

And skipper Max Craddock was delighted with the victory.

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“It was a fantastic win against a really good side, with some high quality players,” said Craddock.

“To lose the toss and bat first on a really unlike Garons pitch with cloud cover and drizzle and to then bowl them out in reduced overs was a really great team effort.

“To get 25 points when everyone else was pretty much called off was just unreal.”

Southendian scored 234/7 in their innings with Craddock scoring 65 not out.

Hemanth Kumar Venkatakrishna added 45 and Hardik Varma 42 before Westcliff were dismissed for 115 in reply.

Westcliff skipper Joe Robbins top scored with 44 but some fine bowling from Varma (6/42) and Ahsan Yousaf (3/40) saw Southendian triumph.

And Craddock was pleased with all aspects of the performance.

“We had a lot of lads get in and get out but Hemu and Hardik really helped set a platform for myself and young Dylan Batt to capitalise at the end,” said Cradock.

“Bowling wise, Hardik was just fantastic, he’s been working hard on his game since being here and it was only a matter of time before the hard work paid off!

“He was ably supported by Ahsan Yousef who is having another cracking season and currently sits second in the league for wickets.”

That has helped Southendian to the top of the table but Craddock is not getting carried away.

“It’s promising to be top of the table now, but as we’ve discussed as a team, our focus is on taking each game as it comes and upholding our own set of standards,” he added.