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Cricket: Batting woes continue for Harlow Town CC

Cricket / Tue 8th Jun 2021 at 08:11am

IT was another tough weekend for Harlow Town Cricket Club, the first XI welcomed high flying Gidea Park and Romford to Ash Tree Field. A solid, yet unspectacular start from openers Ronnie Yates and Dan Baldwin bought hope that Town may be able to put up some resistance after frustrating the GPR opening bowlers. However once Yates fell for 8, the Town top order collapsed, Baldwin (12) and Chauhan (3) falling extremely cheaply. Town skipper Daniel Farmer while attempting to steady the ship was bowled without troubling the scorebook and in the space of 14 balls Town had lost 4 wickets.

Shortly after Ashley Alderson was bowled for 4, with Shaun Alderson soon being caught for 1 run. George Richardson was bowled for 0 and it appeared Town may struggle to make 50. The lower order pushed past the 50 mark with Toby Goddard scoring 4 runs before being caught. Sam Wilson and Neil Gladwin managed to put on a partnership of 18 which allowed Town to pass 70 before Gladwin was given out LBW for a high score of 15. Wilson swung his bat, but he too fell, being bowled for 14. Town finishing on a disappointing 79 all out.

Defending this total was going to be almost impossible, but the cause was not helped as keeper Pat Yates was taken ill and unable to take part in the second innings. Playing with 10 men against a fine batting side saw GP&R knock the runs off in 18 overs for the loss of one wicket, Shaun Alderson taking the catch from Farmer’s (5-1 from 4 overs) bowling. The other bowlers were Chauhan (15-0 from 5), Wilson (25-0 from 4), Ronnie Yates (13-0 from 2), Richardson (6-0 from 2) and Goddard (14-0 from 1).

The second XI travelled to Orsett and Thurrock and endured an equally difficult day with the bat. Town were bowled out for 96 with the top scorers Dave Madupuri (26 not out) and Dan Dewey (22). Skipper Rowell rotated his bowlers to try to keep the batsmen on their toes, however defending a low total was a difficult task. The home team finished on 97/3 from 20.3 overs, Town wicket takers were Dave Madupuri (9-2 from 6 overs), and Taylor Wood (25-1 from 3).

Harlow Town 3rd XI hosted our neighbours Harlow 5th XI. In a keenly contested game, Harlow 5th XI were victorious. A very good knock from skipper Jon Allen of 113 not out allowed the visitors to set Town a challenging target of 203 to win. The pick of the bowlers was Dan Pullen who finished with 25-3 from 8 overs. In reply Town fared only slightly better with the bat than the other teams. Club chairman scored a very creditable 50 before falling LBW, Pullen finished 19 not out and Alex Manning scoring 13.

The first and second XI will feel they have winnable games this weekend, the firsts travelling to Southend on Sea CC and the seconds hosting Goresbrook CC. There is no game for the third XI.

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