Cricket: Frustrating weekend for Harlow Town
Cricket / Wed 27th Aug 2014 at 10:50am
HTCC 1’s hosted Woodford Green CC on flat Phoenix Park wicket. Losing the toss against a side clearly with only one intention, and that was to not lose the game, would make life difficult for the promotion seeking Town.
The Town openers Pat Yates (60) and Shiraz Ali (89) set the innings up with a superb stand of 115 before Pat missed a rank full toss and was bowled. Joe Holland (2) came and went quickly before Shiraz was joined by the in form and consistent Ramya Upadhyay (48 not out). The pair continued to push the innings on conscious of the need to set the visitors a tempting target and plenty of overs. After Shiraz departed, skipper Ashley Alderson (25) increased the pace before declaring on 236 from 49 overs. Estimating that the visitors would get a similar number of overs back, having set Town a target of over 290 in the earlier game of the season, surely this was a sporting declaration.
The WG innings started slowly and once number 3 Rana Arslan (33) was dismissed they simply gave up all hope of chasing down the total or making any attempt at picking up more batting points. Town reduced the visitors to 100 for 7 turning the screw, taking catches and generally bowling very tightly even though the opposition were more than happy to keep the ball on the square. Town tried everything to break through whirling down 49 overs before the umpires called time, with the visitors on 142 for 8 and picking up 2 points from a game lasting almost 100 overs. Town picked up 11 points but will feel disappointed not to finish the game off. Ramya (5 for 56) and Ashley Alderson (2 for 17) were the only wicket takers, the other wicket being a run out, and even an over from Neil Gladwin could not tempt the tail to play any shots even with 10 men within 10 meters of the bat.
Skipper Ashley Alderson said “It feels like a loss, but I really don’t know what else we could have done, we bowled well but the wicket was so good it was difficult to bowl them out when they had no ambition to make a game of it”
HTCC 2’s suffered a similar frustration at Woodford Green as the hosts also batted out for a draw
HTCC 3’s drop out of the top 2 after losing to Stanford Le Hope by 6 wickets
HTCC 174 for 10 from 51.2 overs, Johan Cloete 66, Alfie Elston 32. Bowling Nick Teale 1 for 19 Aaron Simpson 1 for 20. SLH player Neil Fuller won the game with 116 no and took 4 for 69 supported by Andrew Powley 3 for 33.
HTCC 4’s also lost to Stanford le hope by 6 wickets.
Town won the toss and elected to bat, posting a credible 214 for 10 from 51.3 overs. Paul Smith (30), Sreerag Radhakrishnan (59) Dan Gleeson (31) and a great lower order knock from Darren Wood (28) gave the Town maximum batting points.
In reply Stanford le hope despite losing their first wicket in their second over, played positively and once the opening bowlers were rested took full advantage of Towns slower bowlers. The hosts chased the total down in 38 overs for the loss of 4 wickets, with Taylor Wood picking up 2 for 20 from 6 good overs.
Skipper Lee Richardson was pleased with his team’s effort in earning 9 points from the game to put them 22 points above relegation with 2 games to go.