Cricket: Southend see off Harlow
Cricket / Tue 26th May 2015 at 06:50pm
Southend won the toss and elected to field.
Result – Southend-on-Sea EMT won by 3 Wickets
Harlow suffers first loss in the League at home to league leaders Southend
Skipper Rehman Ahmed loss the toss and was asked to bat, in difficult conditions and on a damp top wicket.
Harlow started their innings promisingly with openers Hafiz Yawar and young Alan Jones taking the shine of the new ball. However just as the pair was looking well set, Hafiz was dismissed by quickie Joe Robbens, caught behind for 13. Skipper Rehman Ahmed entered the fray scoring a quick 37 to up the run rate, while young Jones was finding his form nicely. The two shared an entertaining 83 partnership, before Ahmed was caught on the boundary. Then followed a mini collapse with Alan Jones finally falling for 64, in what was by far his strongest batting performance for the first team. The Harlow innings was put back on track by Ant Webb who scored a quick fire 38 runs from 42 balls, the innings included three belligerent blows for six. Harlow lost their final wicket with the last ball of the scheduled 52 overs, finishing on 201, which at the least guaranteed them maximum batting points.
Southend in reply batted in a similar vein as Harlow, with a solid but reasonably slow start. Harlow made the initial breakthrough with Nick Baxter dismissing opener Wagstaff for just 4 whilst Mustanser got in the on the act with the next wicket, this time a flying one hand dive at gully by Ahmed Khawaja. Lewis Aldred was then brought into the attack and took a wicket in his first over, with opener Khan being caught by wicket keeper Jones. With the score at 60-3 the game looked well poised. But a strong batting performance from Joe Robbens and Phil Gray Gray put the visitors well in control; their partnership of 108 was in truth a game changer. Credit, to young Ross Vasani, who took the wickets of both of the Southend top scorers. Harlow managed to take another two wickets, one apiece to Mustanser and Aldred, but Southend comfortably surpassed Harlow’s score with two over’s to spare.
Despite the defeat Harlow can take some comfort from obtaining 11 bonus points from the game, which keeps them in touch with top of the table and also some individual positive performances from this young Harlow side, they visit Shenfield this coming Saturday.