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Cricket: Maiden Simpson century eases Bank Holiday blues for Harlow Town

Cricket / Wed 2nd Jun 2021 at 08:01am

A SCINTILLATING maiden century for Aaron Simpson raised the spirits of Harlow Town after a difficult weekend of action in the league. Simpson’s ton against Abridge on Sunday, was made more special as he was playing with his father John, a hugely proud moment for all involved with Town. Simpson’s 113 was just what Town needed to lift the misery from Saturday (more below), ably assisted by Connor Teale (53) and Alex Manning (31), Town set the home side Abridge 287 to win, however Town were able to keep on top of the batsman with every bowler taking at least one wicket. The bowling figures were Luke Luckin (1-27 from 4), Sarang Kanakan (1-9 from 4), Toby Goddard (1-6 from 6), Hansal Dave (1-20 from 5), Vic Goddard (2-16 from 4), Connor Teale (3-72 from 8) and Alex Manning (1-24 from 5).

On Saturday Harlow Town 1st XI faced Oakfield Parkonians knowing a big performance was needed to kick the season into gear. Town skipper Shaun Alderson won the toss and chose to bowl first, the wicket still slightly spongy even with the recent warm weather. Suraj Chauhan (2-18 from 9 overs) and Sam Wilson (1-18 from 5 overs) picked up 3 early wickets leaving the visitors in trouble on 13-3. A brief resurgence was quickly snuffed out by an excellent diving catch in the slips from Neil Gladwin off the bowling of Ben Eversden (3-28 from 9 overs). Eversden bowled impressively in cleaning up the middle order, assisted by Toby Goddard (0-27 from 4 overs) and Ronnie Yates (1-21 from 7 overs). Town had the visitors at 69-7 Town and were very much in the ascendency however the lower order of the visitors made a very creditable 62 for the last three wickets. Om Thakeria (3-18 from 6 overs) taking the final three wickets, leaving Town 132 to win.

Unfortunately, Town never settled in reply to the target. Losing key wickets at important times, coupled with some excellent bowling from the opening bowlers, Anujan Thiru (5-22 from 9 overs) and Selvam Ramasamy (2-27 from 7 overs) Town never seriously looked like challenging the relatively low total. Chauhan scored a quick 22, attacking anything full however this proved to be his undoing as he played across a straight ball and was given out LBW. The returning Dan Baldwin battled for a hard earned 10, but also fell LBW. Ashley Alderson scored 17 but with everyone falling around him found the going difficult and was bowled. The lower order unfortunately didn’t trouble the scorebook and Oakfield Parkonians celebrated a somewhat unexpected victory.

Harlow Town 2nd XI lost to West Essex 2nd XI. The top order of West Essex really broke the back of the Harlow bowling attack, with fortunes only really changing with the introduction of Simon Rowell (2-41 from 8 overs) in to the attack, Hansal Dave (2-30 from 4 overs) also picked up a couple of wickets late in the innings. West Essex had set Town a challenging 224 to win. Similar to the 1st XI there wasn’t much to the Town innings with the exception of a good knock of 39 from Vibes Gadhvi and an exciting 24 from Hansal Dave. Town eventually finishing on 132 losing by 91 runs.

Harlow Town 3rd XI made an unwanted hat-trick of losses, losing by 64 runs to Thorley 1st XI. Vuthlarhi Rikhotso (2-26 from 8 overs) and Sarang Kanakan (2-37 from 8 overs) the pick of the bowlers. Kanakan scored a very creditable 32 in reply to the Thorley total. The only other score of note was from the evergreen Mark Griffiths, scoring 38. 

Town will be hoping to put Saturdays performances behind them and no better way than with a bumper week of cricket. On Tuesday the 3rd XI travel to Matching Green 2nd XI in the Herts and Essex Border T20. The 1st XI face Epping 1st XI on Wednesday in a T20 fixture.

This weekend the 1st XI welcome Gidea Park and Romford, the 2nd XI travel to Orsett and Thurrock while the 3rd XI welcome our neighbours Harlow 5th XI for a local derby. 

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