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Cricket: Coleman on fire (again!) in duel in the sun

Cricket / Wed 17th Jul 2013 am31 08:27am

1st XI report…

Harlow Town 304-6 drew with Benfleet 254-4.

Harlow Town won the toss on an extremely hot day and with the wicket looking flat decided to have a bat.

The innings got off to a bad start when Pat Yates was bowled first ball. Matt Hurley followed a few overs later and Ramya Upadhyay also had a swift departure after a great catch. Town were 34-3 and needed to start building a some partnerships. Charlie Coleman (picture attached) came to the crease to join Shiraz Ali and the pair put on a batting master class. With some huge sixes from Charlie and cultured drives from Shiraz, the pair put on over 200 run partnership. Shiraz eventually retired ill on 75. Coleman kept going and was eventually bowled for 181 and what is believed to be a club league record. Town declared on 304.

On a flat wicket it was always going to be hard for Town to take wickets. 300 was probably a par score and Benfleet had the batting to go for the win. The Benfleet captain had other ideas however and his side came out batting for the draw. Town took a couple of wickets but dropped catches cost them from really putting any pressure on Benfleet. Captain David Wright was dropped second ball and went on to make a good 55. Gavin Blowes was also dropped early in his inning and made 64. Gareth Steed hit a quick 61 at the end of the innings and the game finished as a draw.

Alderson said: Charlie’s innings was probably the best I have seen. We know he has the talent to perform like this and we are glad he is starting to show it. Shiraz was brilliant with the bat as usual. Unfortunately Benfleet had no intentions of going for the win and it was hard to take wickets.

2nd XI

HTCC 2nds travelled to Benfleet 2nds looking to avenge the home defeat of the corresponding fixture and bounce back from last week’s disappointing loss at Woodford Green. Skipper Norcott lost the toss and was invited to bowl first on the hottest day of the year on the driest track of the year! Taking to the field with a youthful team (only 1 person over 30) Town set about the Benfleet batsmen.

Benfleet started steadily enough with the top 3 all reaching double figures but consistent bowling and aggressive field setting enabled H. Ali (1-17) and C. Fussell (3-42) to make inroads. The middle order put up some resistance with Chris Bridge (31) top scoring for the home side but the introduction of J. Elston (2-24) and C. Fitzpatrick (3-10) meant that Benfleet were bowled out for 153 off 42.4 overs.

Aware of the previous week’s collapse, Town’s opening pair wasted no time in setting about the total and making use of the flat batting track with D. Pettengell racing to 36 off 4 overs before being caught by the wicket keeper. The ship was steadied by D. Baldwin (30) and B. Eversden (9) before both departed leaving Johan Cloete (28 not out) and Wade Norcott (31 not out) to see the visitors home with 18 overs to spare. As a result the 2’s have moved back into the top two.

3rd XI

Batted first and struggled to 199 all out from 44 overs, Kieran Gleeson (52), Nick Teale (48) and Jake Messenger (27) helping to post a respectable but below par score. The Townies fielded and bowled brilliantly to dismiss the opposition out for 155 from 41 overs, with Any heath picking up the last 4 wickets in a tense finish seeing his side home with 3 overs left to bowl. The 3’s move up to 3rd place in the league and take on 2nd placed Loughton this week.

4th XI

Won the toss and elected to bat first on a dry pitch. After a good start 51 – 3, six cric2wickets fell for a further for 46 runs leaving the townies 97 for 9. An excellent last wicket stand between Tom Wilcox (65 not out) and George Richardson (42) 103 runs added for the for the 10th wicket taking the total up to 200. There were earlier contributions from Matt Parsons (20) and George Messenger (22). Belhus replied with 7 193-7 to earn a draw. Tom Wilcox took 5-62 and Charlie Stokes 2-30.

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