HTCC 1st XI visited high flying West Essex on Saturday and found a patchy wicket awaiting them. Ashley won the toss and immediately put WECC into bat as the clouds drifted past and the sun shone for a change and WECC tried to work out what 11 they had!
A bizarre opening over saw M Javed hit 4, 4, 6, 4, 4, 1 in only his second game for WECC to start the match off with a run rate of 23 runs per over! The next over went for 9 placing WECC on 32 for 0 from 2 overs. Things calmed down at this point as the Townies set about dragging the momentum back, this was achieved with some success as 8 wickets fell for a further 88 runs to leave WECC on 120 for 8 after 36 overs and HTCC firmly in control of the game. Z Jan and O Afzal put together the highest partnership of the day with a stand of 53 wrestling the momentum away from the visitors as the Townies failed to bowl enough good balls to mop up the tail. Danny Calver (5 for 57), Ramya Upahdyay ( 3 for 61) and Dan Farmer (2 for 12) bowled really well for the Townies. The innings finished on 177 but not without additional incident as O Afzal was penalised twice by the panel umpires for running down the wicket, resulting in the Townies starting their innings on 10. Probably rare that a game has had 2 such bizarre opening overs!
The Town reply stuttered from the start and with the momentum now with the home side runs became difficult to find and wickets fell regularly. Scott Alderson (16) and Ramya Upahdyay (58 not out) managed to stem the flow, before 10 from Charlie Coleman pushed the score to 77 before he decided to take a stroll down the wicket and was effortlessly stumped to put the Townies 5 down after 26 overs. 5 soon became 6 and then 107 for 7 whilst Ramya desperately searched for someone to stay with him. The tail chipped in with a few runs but could not occupy the crease for long enough and the Townies fell short on 138 but with 7 overs still to bat.
Skipper Ashley Alderson said “That’s two weeks in a row we have got ourselves into winning positions only to throw them away. It’s disappointing to say the least and we have to find a way to occupy the crease for longer periods. I am confident we have the talent, but at the moment for some reason the application of that talent is missing. It’s a very young and relatively inexperienced batting line up, but we need to learn quickly and get back to doing the basics right. Their 9th wicket stand took the wind out of us a bit, but we should still be more than capable of chasing down 177 and I would happily have taken that total to chase before the game”
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