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Cricket: Harlow draw against Upminster

Cricket / Tue 25th Aug 2015 am31 11:21am

22nd August 2015 League Away v Upminster

Upminster won the toss and elected to bat

Result – Draw.

Saturday’s game saw the worst that timed cricket has to offer with the result virtually decided before the half way stage. On a hot day Upminister won the toss on a wicket which offered very little assistance for the bowlers. From there they never looked back amassing over 160 runs for the first wicket before James Evans fell for 61 but Shafiq Rahman batted on until he eventually fell for 110.

This opening stand allowed the middle order the freedom to come in and play their shots. Harlow were doing well to keep the boundaries to a minimum but in the final few overs Alan Ison (35 not out) and Harry Jenkins (47 not out) cut loose and carried Upminister passed 300, finally declaring on 317-3 from 50 overs. Hafiz Yawar was the pick of the bowlers with 10-51-3 indebted to some good catches for his three wickets.

The nature of the pitch had limited the effectiveness of the other bowlers with no less than 8 used on the day. Despite the declaration coming two overs early it had come too late for either side to force a result which was surprising in the circumstances with Upminister needing a victory to keep their hopes of survival alive.

Harlow began their innings with the intention of playing their shots and trying to force a result. However the Upminister attack bowled with good control and limited the scoring opportunities for the Harlow players, often bowling wide of the off stump with no one on the leg side. Young starlet Alan Jones fell for 15 trying to hit the off spinner over the top but only managed to pick out mid-off whilst fellow opener Jon Perry (32) fell soon after despite managing to heave a few boundaries through the leg side. This brought together the two experienced pros in Harlow’s ranks which was probably Harlow’s best chance of winning the game. Yet the steady accumulation of Hafiz Yawar (52) and the power hitting of Ahmed Khawaja (92 not out) could not bring Harlow close enough for an assault on Upminister’s total as they still needed 200 off the last 20 overs. After the departure of Hafiz, Ahmed did his best to get the maximum batting points for Harlow and after some tremendous hitting and frentic running from Den Perry (8 not out) and himself Harlow managed to muster 207-4 from their 45 overs. This innings capped off what had been a thoroughly uneven contest between bat and ball with 524 run scored for the loss of just 7 wickets.

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