Cricket: Harlow Town 2’s stare relegation in the face

Football / Wed 12th Aug 2015 at 08:14am

Leigh on Sea – 244 all out
HTCC 238 All out

Town lose by 6 Runs

HARLOW Town 2’s lost their relegation crunch match and now face the very real prospect of life back in Div3. Defeat to West Essex combined with a Leigh win will confirm this next weekend

Town skipper Ben Eversden won the toss and chose to bowl at Chalkwell park and his decision seemed vindicated as town picked up a couple of early wickets. Leigh steadied the ship with some positive hitting from Damien Liston but a clatter of wickets left Leigh on 127-6.

Town needed to try and close the innings out but towns lack of experience in their youthful attack showed as Liston (88) and former Essex and England Amatuer bowler Alan Van Lint(48) rebuilt the innings and pushed Leigh to a par 244 score

The wickets were shared but Aaron Simpson 2-60 and Paul Morrell 3-57 the main wicket takers

In reply, Town got off to another explosive start with Jason Gladwin & Aaron Simpson smashing the openers to all parts with town racing to 77 before Gladwin was out for 32

Town again lost top order wickets cheaply and stumbled to 116-4 with Simpson (66). It was then Skipper Ben Eversden & Scott Alderson who batted brilliantly to haul town back into the game but with both their dismissals on 39 & 44 respectfully, town just could not get over the line finish 6 runs short

Alan Van Lint’s spell of 2-28 in 9 overs swinging the game in Leighs favour after bowling very well against Towns 1st xl the previous week !

Gladwin commented “It was nice to see us put up a great fight in this match with a fairly young and inexperienced side but our Achilles heel has been our lack of availability. For different reasons we have 8 players from last years side that have either moved to the 1’s or are not playing at all. This has seriously impacted our results this season. On the plus side we have some great young players in Aaron Simpson, George Richardson & Shreeag Rashakrishnan who have showed how good they will be in the future”

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