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Cricket: Harlow CC hold on to Woodford

Cricket / Thu 11th Jun 2015 at 10:39am

6th June 2015 League Home v Woodford Wells

Woodford Wells won the toss and elected to field.

Result – Draw

Harlow skipper, Rehman Ahmed lost the toss and was asked to bat first on a flat batting track.

Openers Hafiz Yawar and young Alan Jones got Harlow off to a near perfect start with an opening partnership of 148 from only 31 overs, the partnership ended when Jones was stumped off the bowling of leg spinner Patel for 84, his best knock since breaking into the first team.

Hafiz was joined by the captain at the crease. However their partnership wasn’t so fruitful, as Yawar was dismissed for 70, clean bowled by Ellison, who was Woodford Wells best bowler on the day, with figures 1 for 88 from his 20 overs.

With the openers having laid a decent platform, it was left to Rehman and Ahmed Khawaja to accelerate the run rate. This they did in abundance as both batsmen took on the Woodford Wells bowling attack, Rehman made a run a ball 52, before being caught in the deep off of Patel, Khawaja went on to destroy the Woodford Wells bowling attack scoring a blistering 101 not out, from just 53 balls, incredibly, his second 50 came off just 16 balls, leaving Harlow on a huge total of 316/3 from their 52 overs.

On what was clearly a lovely batting track it was always likely to be a tall order for Harlow to bowl out their opponents, Woodford Wells actually started their reply strongly and seemed to be intent on chasing the big total set by Harlow. Nick Baxter struck first for Harlow, clean bowling Ed Buxton for 18, leaving the score on 39/1. Captain and opener Joe Johnson was joined by Shah, the two put on a quick fire 64, the partnership was ended by Ross Vasani who had been brought on by Rehman along with Hafiz to stem the run rate, as there was little in the wickets for the seamers. Vasani trapped the dangerous looking Shah IBW for 26 in only his second over. Vasani went on to bowl an impressive spell restricting the Woodford Wells batsman and taking a further two Woodford Wells wickets, he was with doubt the pick of the bowlers on a day that favoured the batsman, he finished with figures of 3 wickets for 61 from his 14 overs. Opener Joe Johnson was finally dismissed for 86 when caught on the boundary by Ant Webb from the bowling of Luke Heskett. Woodford Wells with the run rate against them, decided to bat out for the draw. Rehman reintroduced Lewis Aldred into attack to try and threaten the tail, this move paid dividends with Aldred taking 2 quick wickets but Woodford Wells were still able to secure the draw as finished their innings with score on 248/7.

After an encouraging performance against a strong Woodford Wells side, from which Harlow gained 11 points, they can now look ahead with optimism to this Saturday, when they travel to face second in the table Hornchurch.

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