Cricket: Harlow CC take draw in the cold

Lifestyle / Mon 15th May 2017 at 12:16pm

Harlow CC 2

1st XI v Woodford Wells 1st XI

262-3 drew with Woodford 168-9

HARLOW travelled to Woodford Wells in cold overcast conditions. Harlow lost the toss and were put into bat on a flat, two paced wicket. They started slow by only finding boundarys in bad balls and unable to rotate the strike. Opener Hafiz Yawar (55) was the first to go, being caught on the long off boundary by Gareth James off the bowling of Shaikh.

As Hafiz departed the crease at 137 of 32 overs, he left a licence to hit for the rest of the batsmen. Skipper Rehman Ahmed (14), Ahmed Khawaja (34) and Ubaid Kiani (17*) kept the scoreboard going while providing opener Alan Jones support to go about his business. Jones batted with great maturity by putting away the bad ball and rotating strike to others who had the licence. After Jones brought up his 100, he then opened up and took the game away from Woodford scoring a total 137*. The final 37 coming in 5 overs. Taking the score to 262/3 of 50 overs.

In reply, Woodford never really got away from Harlow’s attack and fielders staying sharp throughout the innings. Nick Baxter opened proceedings by taking the wicket of Ed Buxton, lbw for 2. Rogers (28) and McGee (35) rebuilt the innings and batted with caution.

Mitch Howarde found the break through by removing both batsmen. Having them caught at backward point by skipper Rehman. Johnson (21) and Shah (41) then continued where the previous batsmen left of. The skipper then turned to Ross Vasani who not only found his rythm in the game but claimed wickets of both batsmen. Both caught again by Rehman, this time at mid-wicket. Baxter was reintroduced into the attack. After bowling a few tight overs he found the edge of James (5). Then picked up two more in the over, Ellison and Shakh. Leaving Woodford at 134/8 and batting out for the draw with 11 overs to go. Howarde managed to force an inside edge from the Woodford captain John Gaffney in the penultimate over of the game. The last over was blocked out by Hall and the game ended in a draw, with Woodford ending on 162/9.

Man of the match was Alan Jones for his 137 not out.

Harlow 2nd XI 180 all out lost to Harold Wood 2nd XI 181-4. Harlow put into bat where bowled out for 180 with John Perry top scoring with 48.

Buckhurst Hill 3rd XI 160 all out lost to Harlow 3rd XI 164-5. Buckhurst Hill batted first and where bowled out for 160 with Amir Farooq taking 6 for 13 runs from 12.4 overs. Harlow in reply scored 164 for 5 in just 24.5 overs with Dipendra Basnet scoring 100 not out.

Harlow 4th XI 81-2 beat Gidea Park & Romford 3rd XI 80 all out. Gidea Park and Romford batted first and where quickly bowled out for just 80 runs. Young bowlers Thomas Smith Hughes took 5 for just 16 runs off 8 overs with Jake Hitematshah taking 4 for 23 off 7 overs, in reply captain Rob Coldwell top scored with 39 as they scored runs required to win in 18.4 overs.

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