Cricket: Harlow Town give no hope to Stanford

Lifestyle / Fri 30th Jun 2017 at 09:08am

Stanford Le Hope – 178 all out

Harlow Town – 288 for 8

ON winning the toss, skipper Scott Alderson elected to bat on a surprisingly good looking pitch. Neil Gladwin and Ashley Alderson were the stars of the show in Town’s excellent win against third placed Stanford Le Hope. Gladwin again held the Town’s innings together, batting throughout for 109, with Ashley Alderson 73, the pair put on a third wicket stand of 125, both batsmen combining sound defence with aggression as anything loose was dispatched to the boundary.

Alderson in particular tore the home attack apart, while Gladwin never looked like getting out as he soundly went about his business. With the score on 170, Alderson left the proceedings, for once mistiming a lofted drive. After this, when a score of 300 looked on the cards, Town lost wickets at crucial times and the run rate slowed. Only Dan Farmer, 18 and Shaun Alderson, 14, added to Joe Holland’s earlier 14, saw Town use up their overs on 288 – 8.

The home side’s reply got off to a flying start with 32 in the first 3.5 overs, despite losing an early wicket, they were well up with the run rate – Gillis, 37, Lesley, 24, Fernandes 31, Charter, 27 and Page, 18, saw them at 134 – 6 at 23.3 overs, but then wickets tumbled and Stanford were dismissed for 178 in just 33.1 overs.

Paul Morrell was the star of the attack with excellent bowling figures of 4 – 27, five maidens in his ten overs. With Dan Farmer 2 – 29 from 7, Shaun Alderson picking up two wickets and one apiece for Jack Elston and Ashley Alderson, Town won by 110 runs, keeping up their challenge for promotion as they retain second place in the league.

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