Cricket: Harlow Town battle for draw with league leaders
Cricket / Fri 29th May 2015 at 02:06pm
Belhus 217 -6
HARLOW Town took on league leaders Belhus on Saturday in overcast conditions looking to build upon their solid draw against Ardleigh Green the previous week.
Upon winning the toss in overcast conditions on a slightly damp wicket, Gladwin inserted the opposition who had yet to lose a wicket in their two league victories this season.
The Joyce brothers continued their good form against harlow towns opening attack of Farmer and Qasim reaching 34 before the introduction of the returning Dan Calver induced a loose shot from captain Danny Joyce to be brilliant caught at mid wicket by the diving Matt Hurley. Town hoped this breakthrough would cause a flurry if wickets, but this didn’t happen as Joe Joyce and Fogg built a quick partnership taking Belhus’ total onto 112 inside 20 overs as Town rotated their 6 bowlers.
The breakthrough came when spinner Upadhaya forced Joyce to play on and 1 run later a run out stopped Belhus’ charge in its tracks. Harlow Town managed to contain the run rate, picking up wickets at regular intervals with Alfie Elston, on debut, bowling with good control and movement to finish with 1-20 off his 6 overs. Town were happy at the tea break, containing Belhus to 217 off their 52 boers.
Town knew they needed a good start to chase this total, but for the third week running this didn’t materialise. Matt Hurley saw his middle stump uprooted with the score on 3 and Joe Holland fell the very next delivery, leaving Towns run chase I’m early tatters. Alderson dug in along with Upadhaya to take the store on to 59, but the next 5 overs scuppered any chance Town had of pushing for victory. Four quick dismissals, all from expansive shots, all to the same bowler saw Alderson, Yates, a Gladwin and Coleman saw Town crumble from 59-2 to 71-6, soon became 76-7 when a Farmer was trapped in front.
This left Upadhyaya to try to salvage something from Towns run chase with 20 overs remaining. Against all the odds, he expertly shepherded the tail of Qasim and Elston picking off the odd boundary and keeping the majority of the strike as he batted out 6 overs with Qasim and then 11 overs with Elston. Both Qasim and Elston played their part in their defiant knocks. Upadhyaya, in trying to pick up a single cut Day to point with 3 overs remaining for an outstanding 77. This left Calver to join Elston for the rending 3 overs. The pair safely saw out the remaining deliveries to show the character Town possess in their ranks. Elston optimised that passion with his fielding, bowling and then his 30 ball innings to secure Town a draw.
HTCC 199 All out
Towns 2nd team just fell short of a hard fought victory as Belhus clung on for a draw
Town Skipper Ben Eversden lost the toss and town started their innings 45 mins late due to a water being spilled onto the pitch whilst removing the covers !
Against some good bowling Towns batsmen struggled to score freely with Alderson, Eversden Ali & Baldwin all making starts
It was left to 16 year old Shreerag batting at 6 to marshal the tail with a patient 37 to get town 199 just a run short of 2 extra batting points
Belhus bowled there overs so slowly it left just 50 minutes and 20 overs for any sort of result !
Town threw caution to the wind and set attacking field from the start and this paid off as town tore through Belhus top order with Eversden, Baldwin, Ali, Shreeag all sharing wickets as town ran out of time to finish off the innings
The highlight of the day was 15 year old George Richardsons incredible diving catch at square leg from a full blooded pull shot
Old Souths 179-6
Town 3’s continued their early season form with the bat posting an impressive 264-8 after losing the toss
After losing Jake Messenger for 30 ,Skipper Cloete 135 and an equally impressive 80 from the Bobby Blunt making up the bulk of the total
In reply Old Souths never really got going and the game petered out to a draw with old souths on
Paul Morrell bowled superbly to finish of 1-29 with wickets shared between, Cloete, Wood & Hardcastle
The 4X1 hosted Basildon and pitsea,the visitors won the toss and elected to bat.
Tight bowling from T Rees (2-28) and Dylan Andrews (2-33) forced the first wicket to fall as a run out by Dave Bailey .Nick teale (3-16) and devin Andrews (1-17)came into the attack with continued good tight bowling forcing mistakes and wickets to fall,the visitors being bowled out for 138 off 45 overs.
In return town batted sensibly with Nick teale (42 not out)and Dave Bailey (25 not out) saw town to a comfortable win with 17 overs to spare and for the loss of just 3 wickets.