Cricket: Harlow Town CC toil in the sun

Cricket / Tue 19th Jul 2022 pm31 01:01pm

HARLOW Town 1st XI slipped to a disappointing defeat to fellow strugglers Orsett and Thurrock at Ash Tree Field on Saturday.

After losing the toss Town were asked to bowl first, the pitch and outfield suggested a run fest in store. The reality couldn’t have been much different, Nabeel Akhtar and Syed Shah opening the bowling for Town kept the runs down, ably supported by Sibet Hussain and Ronnie Yates, Town had the visitors in trouble at 59-3 but as in recent games couldn’t press home the advantage and were undone by some explosive batting from the Orsett middle order.

Town did battle exceptionally hard in the field and rallied late on as the visitors scored a below par 224/8 from their 50 overs. In reply Town never really settled, Baldwin was unlucky with a questionable umpiring decision, but the top and middle order never got going, Farmer added 40 and Syed Shah 35 but ultimately Harlow Town fell well short and were bowled out for 164. Going in to the final 7 games it’s vitally important that the batsmen find some consistency, backing up their exertions in the field. This week we host second place Old Brentwoods in the first of 7 cup finals for the team.

In better news Harlow Town 2nd XI travelled to West Essex and gained a valuable victory against a fellow promotion chasing side. Captain Aaron Simpson won the toss and chose to field, and his bowling attack of Sam Wilson (1-42), Vineet Jain (2-33), Dan Pullen (2-47) and Tom Wilcox (5-42) made light work of the home attack dismissing them for 184. In reply Simpson scored 43, Wilcox 44, and Wilson 41 as Town chased down the target with over 10 overs to spare finishing on 187/8. This week they visit Goresbrook CC hoping a win can push Town further towards promotion.

Harlow Town 3rd XI made light work of Woodford Wells 4th XI at Ash Tree Field. The decision by skipper Williamson to bat first was repaid by his team scoring 210 from their innings, with knocks from Alex Manning (68), Sarang Kanakan (26) and Guarang Patel (47). In reply the Town bowlers restricted Woodford Wells to 130 with wickets for Paul Morrell (1-29), John Rogan (1-18), Simon Rowell (2-20) and Patel (4-29). Captain Williamson and his boys travel to Essendon this week for a mid table clash with the winner being able to push on towards challenging for promotion.

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