Cricket: Over 400 runs in T20 classic at Harlow CC
Cricket / Fri 25th Jun 2021 at 07:26am
THE second fixture of Harlow’s 1st XI T20 cup campaign produced some spectacular fireworks on a run filled evening in front of a good sized home crowd. Groundsman, Cliff Clark, had produced an absolute belter of a wicket on which to bat with almost 400 runs being smashed in 40 overs of cricket. Harlow went into the game with several youngsters in the ranks due to availability issues and late cry-offs but they all were to perform admirably.
Visitors, Walthamstow won the toss (obviously) and elected to bat first. Despite Jake Messenger claiming an early wicket with a superb delivery that turned away from the left hander from his leg stump and took the off stump the East London outfit rattled along at around eight an over in the early stages. With wickets in hand opener Mohammed Shahid began to really put Harlow’s young bowling attack under serious pressure as he accelerated making 81 off just 49 balls.
The effort and energy in the field was good from the home side despite a difficult chance off Shahid going down after he had made just 13 but elsewhere Oliver Allen took a stunning, diving boundary catch to dismiss the dangerous Hamza Shakeel off the bowling of 14 year old Joe Radford and Max Baulcomb took another great catch in the deep to limit some of the damage. Unfortunately, Manvir Gakhal closed the innings in style for Walthamstow as he raced to 47 not out of just 26 deliveries as Stow closed on 184-4 in their 20 overs.
Jake Messenger 1-29 (4), Abi Farooq 1-32 (4), Oliver Allen 0-35 (4), Matt Hart 1-40 (4), Joe Radford 1-31 (3) and Gull Hassan 0-15 (1).
To be honest few at the innings break gave Harlow much of a chance although several of the more experienced members of the side pointed to the beautiful batting strip and super fast outfield as providing a glimmer of hope.
The innings needed a good start and thats exactly what it got as Ben Yeats and Max Baulcomb refused to allow the early set back of a wicket stop them from taking it to the bowlers big time. At the end of the 6 over power play Harlow were on 72-1 and well above the required run rate. Yeats reached another half century as the pair added 98 in 66 balls before he chipped straight to mid wicket for 59 (from 45 balls). The last thing needed at this point was for Max, the set batsman, to fall but thats what happened as his fine innings ended at 40 (off 33 balls) as he was caught in the deep.
Gull Hassan briefly kept the scoring rate going in the right direction before miscuing and many watching in the crowd began to place their loose change on a Walthamstow victory. Brothers Messenger had other ideas.
Now if you run a cricket equipment and clothing company (as Mark Quant does) and you run a raffle to promote your bats with one as the first prize I guess what you’d like is someone to go out and use it to smash the ball all over the place. Its hands up time – as Jake walked out holding his prize I scoffed at anyone using a bat without weeks of knocking in and all the associated sweat and earache. First ball, Jake nailed it off his toes over square leg for a one bounce four. Second ball was nailed down the ground and suddenly bat sales on the Quant website were going through the roof (thats possibly true). Either way Jake was batting like a dream, making a total nonsense of him batting at 11 in the First XI.
With George, looking for all the world like a Harlow de Grandholme, batting sensibly taking one and twos whilst allowing Jake to hammer away at the boundary. With 27 needed off the last 3 it was still anyones game but the boys chipped away until towards the end of a tight penultimate over Jake used that new willow to hammer the ball into the bowls green fence for a maximum. Just 5 needed now off the final over and some good running and a lovely nick to fine leg with the field up and Harlow were home by 6 wickets with one ball to spare.
Jake ended 34 not out from 19 balls and George 11 not out from 12 in a superb and beautifully executed run chase from start to finish. Thats a win and a draw from our opening games with 2 fixtures remaining every chance of claiming one of the top two positions in the group to reach the quarter final stage.
I remember when i was about 12 i use to play cricket all the time with my neighbours outside my dad's house in Crawley cricket back then was my favourite sport and karate anyway enough about me well done you lot
all well and good but to promote cricket to the younger generation i hope the league took disciplinary action against your wicket keeper for the first game where he let loose a torrent of abuse at the umpire, Ive seen this on youtube and its very unprofessional