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Cricket: Harlow CC produce first win of the season

Cricket / Sun 2nd May 2021 at 07:28am

THE First XI produced their most complete performance of the season to date to record a comfortable 9 wicket win in Dagenham on Saturday in Essex Senior League action.

Having lost the toss and forced to field first, Harlow’s bowlers maintained to tight grip on proceedings as the entire unit played their part. Mark Quant grabbed four wickets and Jake Messenger and Sarfaraz Ahmed two each but the remainder of the attack did their bit in reducing the early run rate and exerting control over the batsmen. Skipper, Jake Messenger turned to a three pronged spin attack on a tricky surface with some variable bounce and no doubt he would have felt very satisfied to see the home side dismissed for 168.

Mark Quant 4-47 (9 overs), Jake Messenger 2-23 (9 overs), Sarfaraz Ahmed 2-33 (8 overs) , Abdullah Farooq 1-18 (5 overs), Ben Yeats 1-19 (9 overs) and Callum Sykes 0-26 (5 overs)

Chasing an awkward, but hugely achievable, target Harlow would have looked to keep early wickets intact and openers Ben Yeats and Syed Hassan achieved exactly that with a stand of 110 for the first wicket. Syed fell for 66 but Yeats continued his fine early season form (329 runs in 4 matches) to make 74 not out alongside Gull Hassan (22 not out) to see Harlow to a 9 wicket win and maximum league points.

The 2nd XI also produced a highly proficient performance comfortably beating their counterparts from Epping by a sizeable distance. Batting first on a superb Marigolds wicket Harlow made 259 with Max Baulcomb (66), Atif Mustehsen (53), Amir Farooq (42) and Waheed Azam (31) leading the run scoring. However, the innings had more to it than first meets the eye with Atif scoring his half century within 6 remarkable overs before his wicket led to a collapse that saw the innings struggling on 94-5. Max Baulcomb and the lower middle order turned the tide leading to a very handy first innings total.

Epping struggled against a Harlow bowling unit that contains many with First XI experience in recent seasons. The visitors never threatened to get near the Harlow total and succumbed for a mere 125. Sunni Ali 3-43 (6 overs), Zabi Hakimi 3-10 (3.4 overs), Matt Hart 1-19 (6 overs), Tyler Dobson 1-23 (8 overs), Amir Farooq 1-19 (4 overs) and Waheed Azam 0-10 (5 overs)

A combined 3rd, 4th and 5th XI beat Bishop Stortford 3rd XI on Spicers in a low scoring classic. Oliver Allen (3 wickets), Libby Riddell and Ben Searey (2 each) helped to reduce the visitors total to just 136. What appeared to be a comfortable victory was in serious jeopardy with Harlow all at seas on 50-5 but useful runs from Will Radbourne and Libby Riddell took us towards the target before Ben Searey showed excellent game awareness and technique to see Harlow over the line by a single wicket, as he and Matt Fisk knocked off the final 10 runs under great pressure.

All Harlow’s sides join the First XI in league action next week but confidence should be high after show good performances and results over recent weeks.

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