Cricket: High praise for Harlow Cricket Club 5th X1

Cricket / Mon 18th Sep 2017 at 10:58am

Harlow Cricket 5th X1

Successful Promotion for Harlow CC 5th XI

THERE was one team that had a successful season at Harlow Cricket Club and that was their 5th XI side. Made up of players aged from 13-64 and playing in the Herts and Essex Cricket League Division Six, they won the league going the season undefeated and would have possibly made it 12 wins from 12 if it was not for an abandonment for rain.

The team was made up of a mixture of colts and generally their fathers with no less than five father and son pairings and four pairings of brothers. The team led was by Jack Sykes whose brother also played.

In the 45 over games they amassed some large scores against other local sides. Against Tye Green they scored 327-4 and Birchanger 2nd XI 351-5. They also bowled well, getting teams all out for low scores. These included Birchanger 2nd XI bowled out for 83, Tye Green 99 and Thunderidge for 86.

Interestingly they never ran out a single player. Batting wise, the captain scored three centuries and four fifties amassing 866 runs at an average of 123, and 14 year old Ben Yeats scoring 384 with one century and averaging 48. Bowling wise the captain was also useful leading his team from the front taking 11 wickets with a best of 2-8. Top wicket-taker was Nathan McCarthy with 21 wickets and a best of 5-40 his first 5 wicket haul in senior cricket and Matt Hart with 11 wickets with a best of 4-25.

Wicketkeeper Benjamin Furrer made three catches and six stumpings. A total of 28 players where used across the season giving lots of Colts a good grounding in senior cricket. The next step for some of these young players is to move upwards towards the 3rd and 4th XI at Harlow and leave their fathers watching from the sidelines instead of on the pitch beside them.

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