Cricket: Harlow earn hard fought draw against Harold Wood

Cricket / Tue 6th Jun 2017 at 10:23am

Harlow 1st XI 232/7 45 overs v Harold Wood 1st XI 278/9 50 overs. Match Drawn

HARLOW retained second place in Division 1 after an evenly-fought draw with a strong Harold Wood side. Rehman Ahmed took the positive option of electing to bowl first and try and chase down the win but ultimately the side needed to settle for the draw.

Aggressive batting by Harold Wood side on a very good batting track meant a potentially challenging afternoon for the Harlow bowlers. A particularly cavalier knock by Craig Sampson (78), ably supported by Raihan Hussain (78) and Craig Perrin (61), threatened to take the visitors past 300. In the event a flurry of late wickets restricted Harold Wood to 278-9 off 50 overs. Nicky Baxter and Mitch Howarde, Harlow’s leading wicket takers in the league this season (both with 11), each picked up three wickets. The ‘Champagne Moment of the Day’ occurred when Shafique launched a delivery from Baxter towards the clubhouse, mid-way between Nathan Khelawon and Mustanser Meraj. The pair somehow avoided a collision, with Khelawon taking the catch one-handed. A real crowd-pleaser!

Chasing 278 in only 45 overs was going to be tough but Harlow gave it a real go. Alan Jones (62) and Ahmed (50) gave the home side a decent start, albeit that the required run rate was creeping up. A typically quick-fire innings from Ahmed Khawaja gave the home side real belief that the chase was on. The departure of ‘AK’ for 39, however, was decisive and a required run rate of 10 an over was to prove too much despite the best efforts of Ubaid (26*), Howarde (18) and Khelawon (16).
So a draw was a fair result and Harlow now prepare to host Buckhurst Hill next Saturday, in the last of the ‘time’ games before the 50/50 games commence.

Chingford 2nd XI 192 a.o. v Harlow 2nd XI 138 a.o Lost

Chingford won the toss and decided to bat, bowling captain Lewis Aldred took 4/49 and Danny Stone 3/32. In reply several players got into double figures but nobody really got going top scorer was Simon Baulcomb with28 and was all bowled out for 138.

Harlow 3rd XI 267/6 declared v Hutton 3rd XI 113 ao Harlow win

Hutton won the toss and decided to bowl. A decision they possible regretted. Top scorer for Harlow was Muhammad Naeem with a great 100 no, with Asad Aleem Baig scoring 43. Fielding in reply Harlow bowled out Hutton who only had ten players for just 113 with Soulat Ali taking 3/10 and Tyler Dobson 2/11 pick of the bowlers. Harlow sit 4th in the Premier League.

Harlow 4th XI 159/5 50 overs lost Wanstead and Snarebrook 5th XI 160/7

Harlow won the toss and decided to bat,

Birchanger 2nd XI 83 ao lost to Harlow 5th XI 351/8

Harlow won the toss and decided to bat

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