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Cricket: Harlow go close against Stanford-le-Hope

Cricket / Thu 31st Jul 2014 at 03:34pm

1st XI 189 for 10 lost to Stanford Le Hope by 2 wickets

HARLOW Town CC captain won the toss and elected to bat in hot dry conditions. Batting proved much harder than expected on a worn and frequently used wicket with early deliveries popping up hitting the batsman in the chest and gloves. Town openers Shiraz Ali (0) and Ashley Alderson (13) both went early as Stanford bowled well and Town struggled on the difficult track. Batters came and went and the Town were soon 80-6. Brothers Scott and Shaun alderson set about recovering the innings putting on a 80 run partnership until Scott was removed on 33 followed in a couple of overs later by Shaun who made 40. Dan Farmer hit a quick 19 to set a target of 189 which in the conditions was quite respectable.

Town got off to a great start getting three early wickets including the wicket of key man Ross Poulton bowled by Hassan Ali. Stamford were struggling on 38-3 before a partnership between Michael Gray (52) and Thomas Willats (26) put the home side in a good position at 122 before the later got out, and was quickly followed by Gray, putting the game back in the balance. Stanford le hope required 50 to win with Town needing 5 wickets. Sachin Sewgobind (31) got the majority of the runs while town picked up 3 more wickets to leave a close and nervy finish. Stamford eventually ran out winner by 2 wickets. Pick of the town bowlers were Hassan Ali picking up 4 wickets and Dan Farmer picking up 3 wickets.

A disappointing result for the Town who now drop to 3rd in the league but with a game in hand it is all still to play for.

HTCC 2’s. 232 all out

Horndon 2’s 132 all out

Town win by 100 runs

Town took a massive step towards promotion with a sensational victory over Horndon on-the-Hill.

Skipper Gladwin lost another toss and town were invited to bat. It was a slow start as Horndon bowled well removing Ali and Baldwin for 0 to leave town at 3 for 2 !

Enter Charlie Coleman who showed brutal aggression with great shot selection to hammer Horndons bowler to all parts of the ground to record a breath taking 106. Gladwin ground out another important 31 and with the rest of the lower order chipping in with vital runs town finished on 232 from 48 overs

Town thought this was 40 runs short of a good score and as Horndon raced to 70 for 0 it looked that way.

Enter leading wicket taker Rowell whose mesmeric spin has accounted for many sides this year. He removed the top 5 batsmen in quick to time as Horndon could not handle the turn and bounce Rowell finished with 7 for 44 with Graeme Eversden picking up the other 2 as Horndon folded to 132 all out with Ben Eversdens impossible one handed catch from a brutal cover drive summing up Towns day

HTCC 4th XI 231 for 5 Dec Drew with Upminster 141 for 6 from 46 overs

Town put into bat ,posted a good score of 233 for 5 declared off 48 overs ,after losing opener Johan Cloete (12) and George Richardson (8) early Paul smith (31) and Aaron Simpson (23) steadied things ,this was followed with great knocks by Nick Teale 62 and Tyrone Mazarura 52.

Upminster started their innings with a positive intent ,but with tight bowling from the Town and early wickets for Johan Cloete 12 overs 3 for 32, Upminster batted for the draw. finishing on 146 for 6 form 46 overs to leave the Town disappointed with another draw.

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