Cricket: Harlow CC put Belhus to the sword

Cricket / Wed 31st May 2017 at 12:49pm

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Harlow 1st XI 200/0 beat Belhus 1st XI 197 All out

Glorious sunshine, the new clubhouse looking terrific and another belter of a pitch prepared by Cliff Clark: this was the scene as Harlow 1 XI hosted newly-promoted Belhus in the team’s first home league game of the season. Belhus started the day as league leaders, with Harlow only four points behind in fourth place.

Having been put into bat, the Joyce brothers, Danny (43) and Joe (60), showed both resilience and class in building a solid platform for the visitors. Mitch Howarde, on route to his eighth competitive wicket of the season, had the former caught behind by Andre Riddell, with Hafiz Afzal clean bowling the latter.

Tight bowling by Harlow ensured Belhus failed to capitalise on their decent start, with only Matt Doran (42) offering serious resistance until he was bowled by Mustanser Meraj. Ross Vasani bagged four wickets with some great leg-spin bowling, the pick of which was a ‘Mike Gatting’ ball which pitched outside leg-stump and clipped the top of off-stump to dismiss Mason (0).

Second wickets for both Hafiz and Howarde condemned Belhus to a sub-par score of 197 all out off 47.4 overs. Honourable mention goes to Nathan Khelawon, the promising fourteen-year-old batsman making his first-team debut, for some great work in the field.

Belhus needed early wickets if they were to deny Harlow their first league win of the season, but it was not to be because Hafiz was in terrific form. Controlled aggression by the experienced opener saw a flurry of boundaries and the game rapidly turn in Harlow’s favour. Hafiz struck sixteen 4s and two 6s on his way to 117 not out. At the other end Alan Jones (78 not out) was playing the supporting role as the pair racked up 200 – 0 off 34 overs to seal the win. In three league games Harlow’s opening pair has scored a combined 435 runs for three dismissals, an average of 145.

A great performance by Harlow saw the team up to second in the league table, just 4 points behind the new league leaders, Woodford Wells. The Harlow 1 XI are at home for the next two Saturdays, initially taking on a strong Harold Wood side, who narrowly missed out on promotion last season, and then Buckhurst Hill, who dropped down from the Premier Division.

Southend & EMT CC 2nd XI 211/7 lost to Harlow 2nd XI 212/7

Harlow bowled first with opposition scoring 211/7 from 50 overs, wickets where spread through the bowling attack with captain Lewis Aldred 53/2, Callum Sykes 48/2 and Luke Monger 45/2. Batting scored 212 for loss of 7 wickets to win with Zabi Hakimi scoring 77 and Rob Coldwell 43.

Hainult & Clayhall 3rd XI 226 beat Harlow 3rd XI 174 all out.

Bowling first Harlow bowled out opposition for 226. Wickets where shared again with Amir Farooq the pick with 71/3, supported by Waheed Azam 42/2 Muhammad Naeem 34/2 and Captain Dave Whellams 25/2. In reply Amir Farooq continued with the bat scoring 59 and Dipendra Basnet scoring 60. Unfortunately nobody managed to score runs and they where bowled out for 174.

Harlow 4th XI 249/7 beat Walthamstow 3rd XI 247/8.

In 50 overs Walthamstow scored 247/8, wickets taken throughout team, Ilhan Mustafa 72/3, Jake Hikmatshah 57/1, Arshad Muhammed 34/2, Omar Qureshi 29/1 and Ben Yeats 28/1. Batting Harlow scored 249/7 in 44 overs, runs Ilhan Mustafa with 56 and Jake Hikmatshah 39 not out, Mashood Iqbal 34 and Jack Davies 32, runs spread through the team.

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