Cricket: Relegation looms for Harlow CC

Cricket / Wed 22nd Aug 2018 at 01:02pm


Harlow CC 1st XI 167 a.o lost to Wickford cc1st XI 271-2

HARLOW were well beaten by Wickford at home and barring three wins in their final three games look set to be relegated, this could be confirmed if they lose this Saturday to Horndon on The Hill who sit just above the relegation places 19 points in front of Harlow. It could even be that local rivals Harlow Town confirm relegation the following week.

Having won the toss, Harlow elected to put Wickford in to bat knowing what they would have to do to win. Wickford were in the batting mood and put on 271 for loss of just two wickets in 44.3 overs before declaring early. Captain Rehman Ahmed used eight different bowlers to try to make a breakthrough but to no avail. The first wicket fell with the score at 47 bowled by Callum Sykes and the next bowled by Ross Vasani with the score at 146 and that was it.

With a big score to chase Harlow lost Luke Monger for 16 with 18 runs scored. The next fell at 79 with Mitch Howarde going for 20. At the crease was Rehman Ahmed who stayed around to score 75 but the rest of the team failed with the bat with only Waheed Azam scoring 22 the only other batsman to get double figures as Harlow were all out for just 167. Seven wickets fell to Chirag Desai of Wickford who finished with 7-54.

Hutton 2nd XI 136-5 beat Harlow 2nd XI 135 a.o

Harlow 2nd XI fared no better away to Hutton, put into bat they were bowled out for just 135. Zabi Hakimi top scored with 37 and Jake Hitematshah with 28 were the only batsman with any real runs with seven batsmen failing to reach double figures. In reply Hutton reach their target in 39 overs losing five wickets. Zabi Hakimi continued with the ball taking 3-28.

Harlow 2nd XI also have a relegation battle sitting just three points clear of the drop. They face Old Southendians next at home who have only picked up 45 points all season and have yet to win a game. This is followed by final two matches against 1st and 2nd in the table.

Wanstead & Snaresbrook 3rd XI 232-8 drawn with Harlow 3rd XI 257-9

Harlow 3rd XI drew their match and against Wanstead. Put into bat Harlow scored 257-9 off 50 overs. Asad Aleem Baig top scored with 68 followed by Dan Stopp with 66, other contribution from Ilhan Mustafa (37), Rob Coldwell (22) and Abdullah Farroq (22). Fielding Harlow just could not bowl them out for a win as Wanstead finished on 232-8. Amir Farooq took 5-54and Ilhan Mustafa 2-44. 3rd XI sit comfortably in mid-table and should finish in that area.

Harlow 4th XI 131 a.o lost to Southend-on-Sea &EMT 3rd XI 216-4

Harlow 4th XI were well beaten by Southend. Having won the toss, they elected to field and Southend scored 216-4 off their 50 overs. Two run outs and a wicket apiece for Dennis Perry and Omar Qureshi. Batting Harlow were bowled out for just 131 runs, top scorer was Rizwan Qayyum with 25. Plenty of batsman got double figures but nobody could really push on. The defeat leaves Harlow bottom of the table and having to face two of the top three sides in their remaining matches.

It could end up being a triple relegation for Harlow sides this season.

Harlow 5th XI 131-5 lost to South Loughton 2nd XI 237-8

In the HECL Harlow 5th XI fielding a young side lost to promotion chasing South Loughton. Harlow won the toss they put South Loughton into bat and they scored 237-8 off their 40 overs. Pick of the bowlers was Paddy Matthews with 4-44. In reply with the bat South Loughton kept the bowling tight to restrict Harlow to 131 of 40 overs. Myles Baldock scored over half the runs finishing on 68 not out.

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