Cricket: Harlow Town’s 3rd X1 show great team spirit in overcoming Hornchurch

Cricket / Tue 26th Apr 2022 am30 09:29am

A STRONG 3rd X1 welcomed Hornchurch Athletic 3rd X1 to Ash Tree Field on Saturday 23rd April for a 40 Over game.

The weather was fair but a bit of wind going across the pitch.

As the two captains walked out to the wicket they could see the players at the boundary waiting for the signal to see what they would be doing first.

Hornchurch won the toss and decided to bat first. At this point the teams were ready and team huddle commenced with the Harlow Town captain James Williamson doing as usual one of his inspiring team talks.

We wanted to give anyone an opportunity to do what they did bowl or bat plus enjoy fielding. The captain wanted to get the team doing the right things in the field by fielding in pairs backing each other up and encourage each other no matter what happened a dropped catch or mis field we are there to support each other and that’s what we did.

The opening bowlers Vineet Jain (ended up with 5 overs 3 maidens 2 wickets for 6 runs) and Tom Wilcox kept it tight from the start plus taking early wickets.

Hornchurch were on the back foot, then the first change of bowling came and Simon Rowell as usual frustrated the batsman with this spin and the batsman just could not cope with Simon who finished his spell with 6 overs 4 maidens 3 wickets for 3 runs.

At this point Hornchurch were very much under pressure and as it was a friendly, the captain James Williamson felt it was right to open up the game and change the bowling and ended up using nine bowlers in total. Tom Wilcox came on to start his second spell and ended up with figures 7.5 overs 1 maiden 3 wickets for 13 runs.

In the field, there was plenty of talking and encouragement and at no point did the team go quiet. There were a few dropped catches in the field but the team never let their heads go down and in fact we got better with three catches and two run outs with one of these from a direct hit from Adam Stott running out Hornchurch’s highest run scorer. The first innings was finished in 39.5 overs.

After tea, the Harlow Town innings started with our elder stateman Paul Smith and Tony Curtis opening the batting. The innings started off at a good run rate with Paul Smith knocking a few twos and singles about (mainly the singles on the last ball of the over but Paul still states he was not counting the balls in the over!).

Paul Smith dominated the batting with 67 not out with a great support act by Tony Curtis who was caught and bowled on 23 with only 15 left to win. With 15 to win and Paul Smith already having his first half century of the season you would have thought Paul would have let the incoming batsman Taylor have a bit of a bat but no he counted again and Taylor was not out on 0.

In conclusion, this was a great team performance with most people having a bit of a game. I hope that this game takes us into the season in good spirits when we travel Cloghams C.C on Saturday 30th April 2022.

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