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Cricket: Harlow Town not so keen to be beside the seaside

Cricket / Wed 27th Jun 2018 at 11:00am

TOWN travelled away to the seaside in search of their first win of the season against fellow promoted side Leigh-on-Sea.

Winning the toss, Town batted first on a good batting track with openers Dan Baldwin and Scott Alderson. Baldwin fell LBW to Foley early for 4 LBW which brought last week’s centurion Chauhan to the crease. Both batters settled in well and took advantage of the bad ball and looked in fine form putting on 111 for the 2nd wicket until a miscommunication resulted in Alderson being run out. Chauhan fell for a well-made 63, Azam & Richardson followed quickly after putting Town in a situation at 131 for 5. Gladwin succumbed LBW for 15 and it was left to skipper Daniel Farmer & first team debutant Jay Lowles to rebuild the innings. Lowles fell for 20, Farmer kicked the innings on until falling for 39 and a late flurry of 25 from Eversden getting Town to 264 all out with an over left.

Town knew they would have bowl tight and field well on a ground which was easy to score on. Chauhan picked up the early wicket of Elliott shortly followed by Sargent to put the hosts 47-2. Farmer picked up Jac Sexton for 0 and Town were well poised. However a superb 111 from opener Edwards took the game away from Town in a controlled knock until he fell towards when the game was done. Well supported by Billy King (69*) and the Leigh skipper Joe Sexton (30*) saw the hosts win by 6 wickets with under 10 overs remaining.

This weekend sees Town host Harlow in the first league meeting in almost 25 years at Ash Tree field and encounter which everyone is looking forward for.

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Harlow Town IIs slumped to a third straight defeat v Stanford-Le-Hope IIs on Saturday at Ash Tree Field. Batting first Pat Yates led the way for the hosts with 43, but no other batsmen went on to make a big score and Town were dismissed for a disappointing 195 in the last of the 45 overs. Stanford were in trouble early in reply with Sam Charles taking two wickets bowled. But Town were unable to capitalise and Duncan Page (49 not out) led the visitors home with one over to spare.

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Harlow Town IIIs lost by 140 runs to Fives & Heronians. Set 346 from 45 overs, Town could only manage 206 from their 45 overs, thanks to Dan Gleeson top scoring with 70.

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Harlow Town IV’s picked up their first win of the season in their derby match to Tye Green at Ash Tree Field. Luke Lucking picked up 3 wickets as Tye Green were bowled out for 160. Paul Smith scored 42 however Town suffered a batting collapse with youngster Alex Manning seeing his side home scoring an excellent 72 not out to win by 3 wickets.

This weekend’s fixtures:

1st XI v Harlow CC
Leigh-on-Sea CC v 2nd XI
3rd XI v Harold Wood CC
Birchanger CC v 4th XI

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