Cricket: Harlow’s strength in depth sees off Southend

Cricket / Tue 28th Jul 2015 at 12:46pm

25th July 2015 League Away v Southend-on-Sea

Southend-on-Sea won the toss and elected to field

Result – Harlow won by 25 runs.

Skipper Rehman loses the toss again, this time Harlow were put in to bat on a slightly soft wicket at Southend, who at the start of play were lying third in the league.

Harlow started well, in tough conditions, before Hafiz Yawar (15) snicked one behind from the bowling of Daniel Ingham. Alan Jones was joined at the crease by skipper Rehman Ahmed, with the two compiling a partnership of 80 before Ahmed was caught at cover for 40. Young Jones batted superbly for 87 before being runout by Joe Robbins. Decent Cameos were then played by the rest of the Harlow batsmen with last week’s hero Ahmed Khawaja (31), Conor Ramsey (14), Luke Monger (16) and Nick Baxter batting at 7 hit the last two balls of the innings for consecutive 6’s to give Harlow a very respectable score of 246/6 from their the allotted 50 overs. Daniel Ingham was Southend’s most impressive bowler finishing with 3/58 from his 10 overs. With young Alan Jones (87) producing surely his best innings of the season for Harlow.

Harlow made early breakthroughs in Southend’s reply and they found themselves at 15/2, with both Harlow’s opening bowlers taking an early wicket apiece. With Baxter bowling Matt Wagstaff for 10 and Mustanser Meraj finding Ross Daynes edge for just four. Southend’s inning took flight when Phil Gray and Oliver Wagstaff put together a 100 partnership. It wasn’t till the spinners were introduced into the attack that Harlow found some positive results. Tom Ryder got the break through finding a false shot out of Wagstaff for 37. While Lloyd Sykes had removed the well set Gray for 64 caught on the boundary. With the score on 130/4 from 24 overs, it was left to Southend captain Joe Robbins to work with the tail to try to reach Harlow’s score, Robbins did just that scoring quickly, but as he ran out of partners he we was seeing less of the strike, eventually he was run out by Meraj on 55 trying to pinch the strike at the end of the over. Meraj then claimed the final wicket, with Harlow bowling out Southend for 221 in 49.2 overs. Harlow’s bowlers shared the wickets around with Meraj 2/29, Baxter 2/43, Sykes 2/45, Monger 1/43 with Tom Ryder being the pick with 2/24 from his 10 overs.

Another good win for Harlow over second in the table Southend, which sees them climb to 5th in the table easing relegation fears. Harlow play host to third placed Shenfield CC this coming Saturday.

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