Cricket: Harlow fall to disappointing defeat against bottom side
Cricket / Sun 10th Jul 2022 am31 07:48am
HARLOW First XI collapsed into a horrible heap in their important Essex Senior League fixture at second bottom Rainham. After winning the toss and asking the home side to bat, Harlow dominated with the ball to dismiss the opposition for a mere 104 all out.
Destroyer in chief was Sarfaraz Ahmed who took 4-33 in 16 overs – the last eight overs all maidens. Chris Whitworth took 3-9 (4.4 overs), Jamie Messenger 2-22 (6) and Joe Riddell (1-22 (5). Such was the dominance of the Harlow spinners seamers Abi Farooq and Paddy Matthews weren’t required to bowl. Syed Hassan took two fine catches, including the danger man Sid Patel, at square leg.
It was clear the pitch was challenging with variable bounce but surely Harlow’s in form batting line up would stroll to victory. Alas, not!
In the blue skies above Spring Field Park an acrobatic aircraft was practising moves, climbing high before plunging towards the ground, only to pull up at the last moment. Harlow’s batting nose dived every bit as spectacularly except no one was able to pull back on the controls to avoid, what should have been a comfortable win, crashing and burning. 51 all out was an abject reply by anyones standards.
The pitch misbehaved for sure but for a side who have chased down 270+ this season, and looked utterly reliable, this performance was mystifying. Tall quick bowler Jon O’Neill defied fairly average league form to take 8-23 with Harlow having no answer to his pace and bounce.
This group has credit in there bank from their efforts this season but anymore collapses of this nature and they can forget any hope of promotion.
The Second XI entertained league leaders Chingford at Marigolds and were soundly beaten by 9 wickets. Having lost early wickets Harlow rallied with the bat, first through Amir Farooq (54) then Harry Burton (48*) , Jack Sykes (35) and Matt Hart (25*). to post 214.
Unfortunately, the bowlers could make little impression as the Chingford batsmen dominated.
Better news from Spicers where James Forde inspired the Third XI to a win over Woodford Wells.
A fine effort in the field restricted Wells to 216 all out with the seamers in particular producing some fine figures most notably Ben Seary and Oliver Allen.
Aju 2-53 (9), Sunni Ali 2-54 (14), Ben Seary 3-30 (9), Syed Ali 1-30 (3) and Oliver Allen 2-1 (4)
The Harlow run chase was dominated by youngster James Forde who made 96 not out to see the side home. Skipper Rizwan (55) and Sunni Ali (32*) provided excellent support.
The 5th XI played a friendly fixture against High Roding 3rd XI. High Roding batted first and reached 251 all out despite a superb performance from Zain Hamoard who took 4-18. Other wicket takers were Jack Fuller 1-23 (7) Emilia Allen 2-25 (5), Henry Jacques 1-34 (4), George Jessey 1-42 (4.2) and S. Robertson 2-30 (4).
Ronnie Fuller spear-headed the reply with 72 whilst George Jessey made a fine 41* and father Ryan 26. Jack Fuller struck a late attacking 38 not out as we closed on 221-5.
My own local cricketing allegiance is to Sawbridgeworth CC. However, I enjoy these in-depth results/analysis based articles posted rather rapidly after all the action on a Saturday. A big well done to the author and great PR for Harlow CC.