Cricket: Harlow sneak home against Sheffield

Cricket / Tue 4th Aug 2015 at 10:37am

WITH usual opener Alan Jones unwell, Conor Ramsey opened the batting alongside Hafiz Yawar. It was proving successful with a partnership of 58 until Ramsey (10) tried to take the aerial route to up the run rate and giving a simple catch to mid-on. Yawar was shortly removed after being cleaned bowled by Fenn for 27. Skipper Ahmed was then caught at mid-off again trying to push on, this time of the bowling of Sarwar for 16. With the score on 93/3 of 19 overs and spin introduced from both ends, Harlow’s middle order collapsed to 108/7 from 30 overs. It wasn’t until Nick Baxter and Luke Monger came to the crease that Harlow were able to rebuild, the pair producing a solid partnership of 81. Monger was dismissed for 33 with the score on 210 in the 45th over, Baxter however batted through with the tail punishing the bad ball. He took Harlow to a defend-able score of 240 before being run out in the last over for a priceless innings of 79. Shenfield’s bowlers figures were as follows: Austin took 2/58, Fenn 2/45, Sarwar 2/28, and pick of the bowlers with 3/25 was Mark Hindley.

The Shenfield reply was going well as their openers Ollie Ekers and Jamie Walton put a stand of 44, seeing of Harlow’s opening bowlers and the new ball. The wicket of Ekers was first to fall with the introduction of Monger to the attack finding the edge. Monger went on to consistently beat the edge of Walton and new to the crease Byron Wyngard. However runs were being found at the other end. So the skipper turn to the slower options of Yawar and Ross Vasani, the change had the desired affect as they slowed the run rate right down and started to turn the game in Harlow’s favour. Vasani bowling extremely well taking 2/22 from his 10 overs including the wicket of Shenfield captain Walton, bowling him around his legs for 32. Harlow continued to frustrate big hitting Wyngard, by not allowing him to much of the strike. After the spinners overs were finished, Ahmed reintroduced man of the match Baxter to the attack, he promptly bowled Wyngard for 45 as he tried to increase the run-rate. Baxter then bowled out another two batsmen, leaving him with figures of 3/60 from his 10 overs. Only youngster Tom Ballington gave Shenfield a glimmer of hope with a busy 46*, however without sufficient support Shenfield were unable to reach the target, as Monger and Mustanser Meraj coming back for a 2nd spell to finish the game, taking a wicket a piece. Meraj finishing on 1/56 and Monger 2/34. Shenfield finished 20 runs short on 220/8 of their allotted 50 overs.

A third successive win for Harlow sees them climb the table to fourth, replacing Woodford Wells, whom they happen to visit this coming Saturday. With Hornchuch looking nailed on for promotion, the runners-up spot is still up for grabs, if Harlow can continue their fine form, they could realistically make a late challenge for the second promotion place, especially after beating two of their closest rivals in the last two weeks.

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