Cricket: Harlow CC teams shine in the sun

Harlow Cricket Club Weekend Round-Up 1st June 2019

Saturday witnessed fabulous weather and equally glorious results as all five Harlow CC adult sides recorded victories in their league fixtures.

The 1st XI travelled to Dagenham to face previously unbeaten Goresbrook CC and put on their best performance of the season. Having won the toss Harlow skipper, Ryan Jessey, elected to bowl first, intent on forcing a result in the apparently batting friendly conditions. His bowlers did not let him down. All four Harlow quicks bowled with accuracy and aggression on a fast wicket with significant bounce and carry. Waheed Azam and Luke Monger set the standard with the new ball restricting the scoring rate whilst frequently troubling the Goresbrook openers. Jordan Calverley, who had scored a match winning century the previous week, edged Monger to keeper Andre Riddell for only 3 and his partner soon followed to the same bowler with 28 on the board.

In scorching conditions Jessey turned to Jason McNally and Mitchell Howarde to build on the excellent start and they ripped through the Goresbrook batting with a combination of hostility & bounce backed up by some agile and committed fielding that led to a collapse of wickets. In a devastating spell the home side fell to 69-8 with four wickets for Howarde and McNally adding a solitary wicket that didn’t do justice to the volume of fast short of a length deliveries that troubled the batsmen. Such was the dominance of the pace quartet that leading wicket taker, spinner Sarfraz Ahmed, was only called upon the bowl two overs near the conclusion of the innings. Sarfraz was not to be kept completely out of the action though as he superbly affected a run out with a direct hit from mid-wicket whilst Charlie Coleman and Ben Yeats also combined to cleverly run out Afzal Hussain at the non-strikers end for the fourth wicket.

Only late hitting from Goresbrook number eight Kane Messenger (27) dragged the home total to a meagre 93 all out in 33.3 overs.

Howarde 4-34 (11.3 overs), Monger 2-9 (5 overs), McNally 1-25 (10 overs) Azam 0-16 (5 overs)

In reply the home side opted for a complete opposite of Harlow’s tactics in the field electing to open with spin at both ends but 16 year old opener, Ben Yeats, & Syed Hassan made a confident start reaching 34 before the latter fell LBW for 16. Jason McNally joined Yeats at the wicket and signalled his intent for an early finish with two boundaries (one a huge six) from his opening deliveries. The Harlow pair comfortably saw our side to victory adding 60 in only five overs with NcNally brutally hammering the ball to all parts of the ground making an unbeaten 40 from only 14 deliveries whilst Yeats scored a technically excellent 32 not out including six boundaries.

This third win on the bounce has moved our 1st XI up to third in the league table and perhaps equally importantly will have sent a signal to other promotion contenders that Harlow are a side to be genuinely feared this season.

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At Marigolds the 2nd XI faced Old Southendian & Southchurch CC and having been put into bat first made an excellent 277-7 in their 50 overs. Skipper, Rob Coldwell and keeper batsman John Perry both scored 40 whilst Sunny Ali and Simon Baulcomb added 35 and 25 respectively. A superb late barrage of hitting from all-rounder Callum Sykes (69 not out) took the game away from the visitors.

The visitors reply was immediately put on the back foot as Matt Hart claimed two early wickets whilst Lewis Aldred and Callum Sykes also claimed a wicket apiece. A decent middle order partnership frustrated the Harlow side for a period before Thomas Smith-Hughes dismissed Tim Dennis for a well-made 33. Spinner Zabi Hakimi then ensured a home win with a 10 over spell taking four wickets for only 28 runs. With seven overs remaining Sunny Ali bowled last man Joe Madren for just 1 to ensure a huge winning margin of 127 runs.

Zabi Hakimi 4-28 (10 overs), Matt Hart 2-20 (6 overs), Sunny Ali 1-12 (2.4 overs), Thomas Smith-Hughes 1-20 (4 overs), Lewis Aldred 1-31 (5 overs) and Callum Sykes 1-34 (11 overs)

This win ensured that Rob Coldwell’s side return to the top of the league table after four matches.

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Faisal Javed’s 3rd XI secured an important win on Spicers against a traditionally strong Wanstead & Snaresbrook CC side. A late order collapse after a solid start to the innings from Asad Baig (40) and Iain Nuttall (33) led to Harlow posting what appeared to be an under par 168 all out in 39.2 overs. Faisal fired up his bowlers and as a unit they bowled superbly with early wickets for Danny Stone, Tyler Dobson & Abdullah Farooq putting the visitors in trouble. It was the introduction of Amir Farooq that sealed the win as his tight off stump line proved too much for the Wanstead middle & lower order as he took 5 wickets for only 16 runs in 9.2 overs as our guests could only muster 101 all out.

Amir Farooq 5-16 (9.2 overs), Tyler Dobson 2-15 (7 overs), Danny Stone 2-35 (7 overs), Abdullah Farooq 1-13 (6 overs).

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The top of the league 4th XI travelled to Walthamstow to face their 3rd XI and a strong bowling performance led to another win after winning the toss and inserting the opposition. Wickets fell at regular intervals as every bowler contributed with Omar Qureshi (3-47) and Mustafa Shah (5-24) stand out performers. Having posted 142 all out Walthamstow took three early Harlow wickets but nerves were swiftly calmed by a match winning partnership between Rizwan Qayyum (54 not out) and Haider Rasool (34) resulting in a 4-wicket victory.

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The 5th XI are exceeding all expectations this season and they returned a fourth win in five league games to go joint top of the league table after beating Thorley 2nd XI. Batting first Harlow made 177-8 and bowled well to win a tight game by 19 runs after dismissing their opposition for 158.

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Next week the 1st XI return to Marigolds in a local derby against Epping CC. Let’s get behind all our sides as they each push for promotion in what is shaping up to be an exciting season across all the adult sides.

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