Harlow CC: Second X1 Season Review

Cricket / Thu 17th Sep 2020 at 02:15pm

By Andy Yeats

IT goes without saying that when the First XI lose a significant number of players prior to the start of a season the effect is felt throughout the club and nowhere more keenly I suspect than in the 2nd XI. Harry Burton stepped up to captaincy as all the skippers shuffled upwards and he did a fine job no doubt aided by his likeable, cheerful personality.

During the opening weeks of the season the side found life hard going in the Tier 2 Irani division. Sides batting first against them were able to score large totals placing far too much pressure on the batsmen. Epping smashed over 300 and Woodford Wells and Buckhurst Hill both made 240+ totals that realistically were never going to be chased down in 40 overs. In a pattern similar to the First XI the side looked much stronger and competitive when batting first. They were unfortunate that having totalled a very respectable 190-7 against Fives the heavens opened before the opposition could reply.

Six weeks into the season 3 defeats and 3 abandoned or cancelled games was the sum total but what a turn around by Harry and his side. They rolled off three consecutive victories the icing on the cake being the final day win over Frenford who themselves were seeking a win that could have taken them to the title.

One headline from the campaign was the emergence of a very talented young batsmen in James Forde who had torn it up in the 5th XI the year before. His early season form was outstanding, making two half centuries, leading to a First XI call up for a period. At 14 years of age he can be very proud of his development and will no doubt look to kick on again to become a First XI regular in seasons to come. Across the side there was very even split to run scoring and wicket taking as everyone contributed on a regular basis.

Young James topped the run scoring, narrowly ahead of Atif Mustehsen with skipper Harry the next highest despite carrying the additional burdens of captaincy and the keeping duties.

With the ball Tyler Dobson led the way with 8 wickets just ahead of Amir Farooq and Sunni Ali with 7 a piece. Abdulallah Farooq, aged 16, also made an impact as a useful all-rounder.

The winning run at the end of the season and general improvement in performance bodes well for next season when the side will be hoping to be in the promotion mix again having so narrowly been edged out in 2019.

League Position – FIFTH

Top Run Scorers

James Forde 175 (29.17) Best 61
Atif Mustehsen 167 (23.86) Best 70
Harry Burton 134 (22.33) Best 55
Faisal Javed 128 (18.29) Best 65
Abdullah Farooq 102 (34.00) Best 31

Leading Wicket Takers

Tyler Dobson 8 (Eco 4.37) Best 3/22
Amir Farooq 7 (Eco 4.33) Best 3/23
Sunni Ali 7 (Eco 5.11) Best 3/43
Shanmuga Priyan 5 (Eco 4.43) Best 3/33
Abdullah Farooq 4 (Eco 5.08) Best 2/25

Most WK Victims

Harry Burton 7

Most Outfield Catches

Faisal Javed 3

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