Cricket: Victory for four of Harlow CC’s sides

Cricket / Sun 11th Jul 2021 at 09:33am

THE 2nd XI travelled to Old Brentwoods and won the toss putting their hosts into bat on a damp surface. It still took a very special effort from the bowling unit to rout the opposition bowling them out for a mere 45 in 28.2 overs. Destroyer in chief was Waheed Azam (pictured) who took 5-21 in 13 high quality overs. Waheed was well supported by Mark Quant 1-18 (8 overs), Amir Farooq 2-3 (6 overs) and Tyler Dobson 1-1 (1.2 overs).

Atif smashed 40 off 16 balls (5 fours and a six) whilst Zabi watched from the other end (4 not out) as Harry;s side win by 10 wickets using only 6.1 overs to achieve the victory. 

The 3rd XI were at Shenfield and the conditions were such that a delayed start was required and a reduced overs match of 34 per side. Put into bat Rizwan and his team did superbly to knock up 191 in 29 overs with Arshad making 75 and Riz 67.

Incredibly, the 3rd XI also bowled out their opposition for 45 with Thomas Smith-Hughes producing heroics taking 7-21 in 10 overs whilst Paddy Matthews took 2-10. Superb win having been made to bat first.

On Spicers, Jack Sykes promotion chasing 4th XI lost the toss and found themselves batting first against Loughton 4’s. Another outstanding Harlow innings enabled Jack to declare early after his side hammered 251-6 with Nathan McCarthy making 69*, Fas Javed 62, George Messenger 42 and Luke Heskett 33.

A comfortable and early victory looked in the bag with Loughton 9 down and blocking with huge volumes of overs to go but a combination of stubborn resistance and some dropped catches put the win in danger until, in one of the extra overs afforded by the declaration, Myles Baldock uprooted the tai lenders leg stump to secure the win. Marvellous. Special mention to Julie Fisk – scorebook a work of art also nice to see!

Ronnie Fuller 3-23 (5 overs), Luke Heskett 3-25 (11 overs), Reece Galvin 2-30 (7 overs), Myles Baldock 2-45 (10.3 overs), Oliver Alen 0-12 (6 overs) and Matt Fisk 0-19 (6 overs).

The Fifth XI travelled to Stansted 2nd’s in the HEBL. They found themselves batting in the damp after a lost toss not that it was a concern to Messr Allen (senior) and Haider Rasool. The pair added 92 for the first wicket before Jon fell for a well made 56. Haider was to go on and top score with 69 before another good partnership of 54 between Steve Searey (34) and Teddy Lewis. A total of 204-4 in 40 overs looked a very handy total and so it proved.

In a tight game Stansted were dismissed for 190. Haider capped a fine all round game with 3-9 (5 overs) backed up by Harris 1-22 (8), Evie 1-24 (7.3), Nabi 1-30 (4) and Steve Fisk 2-43 (8).
Superb win the the Fifth XI.

Elsewhere the First XI played host to West Essex. No excuses they won the toss and despite dropping four catches dismissed the visitors for 180. Ben Yeats 3-30 (8.1), Abdullah Farooq 2-28 (7), Sarfaraz 2-25 (4), Jake Messenger 2-44 (13), Callum Sykes 0-27 (4) and Rob Petchey 0-22 (6)

Batting first a superbly aggressive century partnership for the third wicket between Syed Hassan (93) and Max Baulcomb (31) had taken us to 125-2 at double the rate required. Surely a simple trot to the win. Yet again, a humiliating batting collapse saw us fall thirteen runs short bowled out for 168 with 17 overs still to bat. Good grief!!!!

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