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Cricket: Harlow CC humbled at Springfield

Cricket / Sun 4th Jul 2021 at 06:53am

THE First XI had a difficult fixture away at high flying Springfield but were far from their best and ended soundly beaten, second best in all departments. Putting it in context – Harlow were Ukraine to the home sides England. Admittedly we lost the toss and faced the worst of the conditions but 109 all out was well below par. Abdullah top-scored with a stubborn 25 not out from 96 balls.

The home batters made easy work of the target for the loss of just a single wicket (for Messenger). At our best we can be a decent side capable of beating anyone in this division. When we’re anything other than our best we are frequently a distance second best. File this in the latter category.

To better news from the home games. The second XI crushed Southend on Sea on Marigolds. Batting first a superb fast paced innings allowed stand in skipper, John Perry, to make the match winning decision to declare early after 38 overs. Asad Baig struck a superbly attacking 63 with Zabi Hakimi making an excellent 66. Others chipped in with very handy runs. Atif made 32, Gull 22, Waheed hammered 22* in only 2 overs and Mark Quant added 17*.

Southend made the unfathomable decision to try and play for the draw from the off. At drinks they made scored 25 runs in 24 overs. What were they thinking – no points for drawing after all. Thankfully for the sake of cricket, the home side achieved the win in the 47th over making use of the extra time afforded to them by Perry’s sharp thinking. Some impressive bowling figures to savour Waheed 3-14 (10.5), Quant 3-9 (11 overs), Hart 2-4 (7 overs), Amir 1-16 (10 overs), Dobson 0-9 (4 overs) and Radford 0-11 (3 overs).

On Spicers the Fourth XI maintained their promotion push with a fine win against Chingford 3rd XI. A fine bowling effort dismissed the visitors for 137 all out. Ronnie Fuller (pictured) was the star of the show taking a superb 4 wickets in his spell well backed up by the other bowlers. Baldock 2-36 (7), Aju 2-27 (8), Ronnie Fuller 4-28 (8.4) and Matt Fisk 2-12 (6)

Captain Jack Sykes made 19 but early wickets placed the game in the balance before a crucial stand between George Messenger (28) and Nathan McCarthy (31) took us within sight of victory that was achieved by a 3 wicket margin.

Nothing from the 3rd XI as yet and no game for the 5th XI today. Last week I received a match report midweek form the 5th XI game which is included here as they missed out last week.

We played at Littie Munden with only 9 players.Little Munden won the toss and batted first,they managed to get 222-5 in 40overs with U17 Nabi taking 3-73 off his 8 overs but both U13’s William Forde 8 overs 1-31 and Abdul Rouz 8overs 0-46 bowled exceptionally well. Other bowlers were H.Hamid 8-0-48,M.Green 4-1-11,S.Fisk 4-1-13.

We managed to score 175-8 in 34overs with the innings dominated by a 2nd wicket partnership of 78 between M.Green (67) and H.Hamid (70) with mark dispatching the ball all around the ground while Harris batted very sensibly and was the last wicket to fall .Special mention for John Conroy who took a good catch standing up to the wicket and had to deal with some wayward bowling that kept him on his toes.
Over all a pleasing performance having only 9 players who were mostly colts a fact that the opposition made a comment that they very impressed with how our colts had performed. (Many thanks to Steve Fisk for the report)

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