HARLOW were put into bat by a Harold Wood team desperate for a win to bolster their promotion ambitions. Hafiz got Harlow off to a great start smashing the first ball of the game through the covers for 4. Thereafter Hafiz and Alan Jones played more circumspectly, with plenty of dot balls interspersing the boundaries. There was symmetry in the innings and dismissal of the openers:
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. Ennio Morricone’s theme to the classic spaghetti western would have provided an appropriate accompaniment to this match.
The Good? Some fearsome hitting by Southend’s captain Joe Robbins: his 150 not out was off no more than about 70 balls and included thirteen 4s and nine 6s. It was the most destructive innings Luke Heskett had witnessed in 10 years of First XI cricket;
A great start by the bowlers left Hadleigh reeling at 29-3, the wickets being shared between Mustanser, Nicky Baxter and Callum Sykes. Hadleigh were indebted to Adam Soilleux and Sam Handley for a terrific century partnership,
THE first team got back to winnings ways against local rivals Loughton, batting first Harlow were once again indebted to Ahmed Khawaja who struck a magnificent 145 from a total of 290 from their allotted 50 overs, support from Alan Jones (38), Ubaid (46) and a quick-fire 23 from Nicky Baxter saw Harlow reach their impressive total. In response Loughton made a dignified attempt at chasing the Harlow total,
HARLOW put in a poor performance against Harold Wood which saw them tamely surrender their unbeaten status and slump back into a mid-table berth. Harlow never really came to terms with the overcast conditions and a damp pitch which had a bit of variable bounce. Mohammed Waqas (11) hit a well-timed flick through mid-wicket and an aggressive pull shot before being bowled by Maruf Chowdhury. Alan Jones (14) struggled to find any tempo to his innings before being bowled in the eighteenth over.
BELHUS maintained their position at the top of the Shepherd Neame Essex League division two with another strong performance at North Stifford on Saturday. Joe Joyce fell just three runs short of a century and the home total was boosted further by Daniel Dreher’s cameo of 47 runs from just 22 deliveries. Good supporting roles were played Liam Wilson, 30, and Roy Heffernan with 23 runs. For the visitors, Daniel Farmer and Joe Elston picked up three wickets each.
IN a throwback to a bygone era, it was classic Geoff Boycott and his uncovered pitches: wet, green, soft and terrible for batting. Mohammed Waqas hinted at the way to score when he struck a couple of shots straight back over the bowler’s head. Waqas (8) was clean bowled and the departure of Alan Jones (3) and Rehman Ahmed (0) left Harlow floundering on 25-3.
TOWN secured their 1st win of the season with a well paced run chase against a decent Basildon side. Skipper Eversden won the toss and elected to bowl on green wicket and was rewarded when opener Debond was bowled for 4 early on
Harlow Town visited Horndon on the Hill on Saturday off the back of two narrow draws, where they nearly got themselves over the line.
Welcomed by fine drizzle the start of the game was delayed for 25 minutes, resulting in the overs split being reduced to 46 for the side batting first and 43 for the side batting second.
Town kicked off their season with a frustrating draw against Wescliff on sea on Saturday
Losing the toss Town were asked to bat first and got off to a flying start with openers Jason Gladwin & Jay Lowles both attacking the opening bowling from the start.
HARLOW’S league opener ended in defeat after an excellent chase from Old Southendians. After the first innings concluded at 241, The Southend side made light work of the score after Johnson’s knock of 124*, saw them reach the target in less than 40 overs.
Captain Rehman Ahmed won the toss and elected to field 1st in over cast conditions and soft wicket.
Nick Baxter got the break through immediately after being hit for 4 finding Oliver Smith LBW. This brought Adam Soilleux to the crease Hadleigh’s captain, he countered and batted to a partnership of 63 with Paul Tibbenham.
HARLOW won the toss and put Orsett in on a damp wicket on a grey Saturday. Harlow opening bowler Nick Baxter struck immediately finding R.Plom LBW first ball of the game. He then went on clean bowl skipper and other opener Paul Bennett for 8. M. Akthar batted through to rebuild the innings by putting away the bad ball.
Saturday’s game saw the worst that timed cricket has to offer with the result virtually decided before the half way stage. On a hot day Upminister won the toss on a wicket which offered very little assistance for the bowlers. From there they never looked back amassing over 160 runs for the first wicket before James Evans fell for 61 but Shafiq Rahman batted on until he eventually fell for 110.
SKIPPER Rehman Ahmed won the toss and elected to bowl first on a slight soft wicket at Marigolds, and Harlow were full of optimism for three quarters of the game on Saturday against League leaders Hornchurch.
WITH usual opener Alan Jones unwell, Conor Ramsey opened the batting alongside Hafiz Yawar. It was proving successful with a partnership of 58 until Ramsey (10) tried to take the aerial route to up the run rate and giving a simple catch to mid-on.
ANOTHER good win for Harlow over second in the table Southend, which sees them climb to 5th in the table easing relegation fears. Harlow play host to third placed Shenfield CC this coming Saturday.
Harlow skipper Rehman Ahmed lost the toss again, the fourth consecutive game where the opposition have won the toss. It was no surprise to see Hutton ask Harlow to field in hot and dry conditions, with the Marigolds pitch as usual being flat and true, it certainly was a batsmen’s paradise.
HARLOW lost the toss and were asked to field 1st on an extremely batsmen friendly wicket on a hot sunny day.
HARLOW first team only managed to bat for 25 overs before the umpires called the players off with Harlow struggling on 121-4, although with young Alan Jones in fantastic form on 74 not out, who knows what total Harlow may have achieved.
Openers Hafiz Yawar and young Alan Jones got Harlow off to a near perfect start with an opening partnership of 148 from only 31 overs, the partnership ended when Jones was stumped off the bowling of leg spinner Patel for 84, his best knock since breaking into the first team.
HARLOW 1st team suffer their first loss in the league, losing to table topping Southend by 3 wickets. A close encounter which could have gone either way, saw Southend produce a strong mid innings partnership to turn the match in their favour.
HARLOW Town took on league leaders Belhus on Saturday in overcast conditions looking to build upon their solid draw against Ardleigh Green the previous week.
HARLOW started their innings promisingly with openers Hafiz Yawar and young Alan Jones taking the shine of the new ball. However just as the pair was looking well set, Hafiz was dismissed by quickie Joe Robbens, caught behind for 13. Skipper Rehman Ahmed entered the fray scoring a quick 37 to up the run rate, while young Jones was finding his form nicely.