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Cricket: Harlow Town see off Basildon

Cricket / Fri 26th Jul 2013 am31 09:25am

1st XI – Basildon & Pitsea 219 all out in 52 overs, HTCC 220 for 6 from 45

HTCC lost the toss and took the field against a strong and confident B&PCC side. Dan Farmer (2 for 30) and Dan Calver (1-51) got the townies off to a good start taking wickets early to reduce the hosts to 62 for 4 after 15 overs. The middle order rallied a little but were kept in check by some impressive fielding and bowling from the Townies before a last wicket stand of 32 helped them post a below par but respectable 218 from 52 overs. All the bowlers picked up wickets but the pick was Ronnie Yates who took 4 for 22 from 7 valuable overs. J Bonnett top scored for B&PCC with 53.

The reply started poorly as has been the case too many times this season, as Matt Hurley was dismissed for 0 in the first over. Shiraz Ali (54) and Scott Alderson (32) shared a stand of 68 to put the Townies back in control until a flurry of wickets, 3 of them on the same score of 120, pegged the Townies back and at 120 for 6 with just 16 over remaining the game looked to be heading towards the hosts. Skipper Ashley Alderson (62 not out) and his brother Shaun Alderson (33 not out) had other ideas and set about repairing the damage before a late onslaught from both pushed the townies to victory. The pair added 100 runs in just 13 overs to seal a moral boosting victory for the Townies. Ashley Alderson said “That was probably our best bowling and all round fielding performance of the year, Ronnie was excellent with the ball and he was backed up by some outstanding fielding including one of the best catches of the season from Dan Farmer to dismiss the dangerous Lambert.

We got ourselves in a bit of trouble again with the bat losing key wickets at the wrong time, but I was glad to still be there at the end and I thought we thoroughly deserved our victory. Shaun batted really well and we ran hard which put them under pressure and that showed towards the end. We visit Old Brentwood next week which will be another tough game and we are still in the bottom half of the table. Hopefully we can carry our recent good form into the next and remaining games of the season”

2nd XI – HTCC 158 for 6 drew with Old Southendians & Southchurch CC 2nd XI 175 for 9.

Losing the toss and bowling first the Townies bowled well on another belter of a pitch at Phoenix Park. Runs were hard to accumulate against a strong Town attack, Conor Fussell 3 for 27, Graeme Eversden 2 for 16 and Callum Fitzpatrick 2 for 47 were the pick of the bowlers who restricted OS&SCC to 175 from 52 overs. The 2’s were very disappointed to only get 33 overs in return and were well placed at 158 for 6 when the final over was completed. Darryl Pettengell 44, Wade Norcott 42 not out and Hassan Ali 32 not out tried to push the score on as quickly as possible but fell 17 runs short having received 19 less overs. Skipper Rowell was naturally disappointed but was philosophical in his assessment “It did not feel like we bowled our overs that slow, but I guess that’s a lesson we need to learn quickly. We are still in 3rd place but we have to make sure we give ourselves the chance to win games that are clearly winnable”

3rd XI – HTCC 150 all out lost to Loughton CC 4th XI 153 for 1.

The 3rd XI never really got out of second gear this week, hard to explain why and against a strong Loughton side that was always going to be a problem. Poor batting with the notable exceptions of Kieran Gleeson (65) and Max Poulter (33) saw the team dismissed in only 33 overs. 8 of the wickets were bowled which is probably a fair reflection on the lack of application and concentration on show. Loughton’s reply was swift and assured as they cantered home effortlessly in 25 overs for the loss of just 1 wicket. Skipper John Simpson said “I have to hold my hands up today, we were simply out played in every department, I now know how Michael Clark must feel”

4th XI HTCC 177 for 6 drew with Old Southendians & Southchurch CC 4th XI 236 for 7

Much like the 2’s the 3’s found themselves lacking overs batting second after OS&SCC posted a healthy 236 for 7 from 52 overs. Dan Gleeson continued his good form with the ball taking 3 for 30 and Aaron Simpson picked up 2 for 16 on his return to the side. Tops score for the visitors was Mr Extras with 65, (31 wides, 6 no balls, 23byes and 5 leg byes) …. Quite a few of the wides and no balls which may have been disputable but nevertheless that is just not good cricket…. The next top score for the visitors was J Perry with 34. The 31 wides obviously impacted the over rate which meant that the townies received only 34 overs. Paul Smith 38 and Sreerag Radhakrishnan 29 not out led the way and at least secured 3 batting points by reaching 177 at the close. Skipper Matt Parsons said “Some of the wides were quite frankly preposterous even laughable, but we just have to accept it I guess. We did not bowl as well as we have done in previous weeks, that’s for sure and their score of 236 was a little flattering. We tried our best to reach the target but lost wickets at the wrong time. Sreerag batted really well and is starting to deliver on the promise he has which is great to see”

5th XI HTCC 103 all out, lost to Leigh on Sea CC 4th XI 216 for 5 in a 40 over game

LOSCC batted first on a good Phoenix Park wicket, and soon began to make good progress. Jac Sexton top scored with 63 and skipper Trevor Bull chipped in with 52 as the visitors posted 216. Taylor Wood continues to bowl well and was rewarded with 2 wickets for 56 runs and the returning Jesso Matthews also picked up 2, Andrew Barrs was the other wicket taker. The townies were unable to occupy the crease for long periods and the innings never really gained any momentum, Dave Hurley top scored with 30 and received some support from Darren Wood (11), Riley Paine (12) and Jesso Matthews (13) but with no other better reaching double figures the innings fell well short of the target as the hosts were dismissed for 103 in 35 overs. Skipper Dave Calver said “The youngsters really bowled well, I was very proud of them, especially Taylor Wood, Riley Paine and Andrew Barrs. Jesso also bowled well and with good pace in his first game of the season. LOS bowled well and perhaps my decision to leave a ball only to be bowled sort of summed up our day”

Sunday XI 245 for 9 from 40 over beat Dunmow CC 213 all out

Skipper Dan Farmer was delighted to win the toss and bat on a decent looking wicket at Dunmow. Early wickets put the decision in doubt until the skipper joined Kieran Gleeson at the crease to build a partnership of 110 before Kieran was dismissed on 49. The skipper was joined by Jake Messenger but was out shortly after for an excellent 71. Jake continued to score freely for a fluent 43 to see the Townies push on to a decent total of 245. In reply Dunmow build their innings around Oliver Rooney who crafted a good 72 but he found long term partners hard to come by as the Townies bowling made regular in roads. Shaun Alderson picked up 2, the in-form Taylor Wood added another 3 wickets to his weekend total and Scott Alderson also chipped in with a couple. Dunmow were dismissed for 213 in the 38th over.

Junior Matches – HTCC u15’s beat Nazeing by 1 wicket, whilst the youngest of the junior teams the u10’s beat High Roding by 62 runs. Isabelle Richardson (Essex Girls U11 player) took a hat-trick for the u10’s all 3 wickets were bowled. She finished with the incredible figures of 3 overs 4 for 10. Toby Goddard (16) and Connor Teale (19) batted superbly.

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