Cricket: Harlow CC: Third X1 maintain unbeaten start to the season

Cricket / Mon 12th Jun 2023 at 08:23am

IT wasn’t only the summer sun that heated up over the weekend as the Third XI seriously made a statement with a convincing nine-wicket win to maintain their perfect start to the season.

Excellent win also for the 4th XI thanks to returning new father, Mark Quant, who blasted a hundred and took three wickets.

Elsewhere the Second XI dominated but late resistance ensured a frustrating draw.

Sadly, the First XI are in a rut and were defeated again as were the 5th XI.

Sunday saw Mission Impossible for the First XI as they travelled to Essex Preimer League Champions, Brentford, for their 3rd Round Cup tie. A superb, attacking innings of 86 from Gul Hassan helped Harlow post a score in excess of 200 which was fantastic effort against a full Brentwood bowling attack.

Sadly, defending the total proved beyond our lads but a performance they can be proud of and build on in the League games to come.

The weekend round up starts with the top of the table 3rd XI who blew away visitors Harold Wood for just 91 with all four bowlers outstanding Sunny Ali 3-39, Bilal Javed 3-25, Jake Hikmatshah 2-13 and Tyler Dobson 1-13.

Harlow chased down the total for the loss of just one wicket with Rizwan Qayyum and Ronnie Fuller both striking 37 not out. 

Mark Quant (pictured) returned after the birth of his daughter (many congratulations) and proceeded to blast 108* supported by youngsters Alfie Jessey (54*), Ben Seary (42) and Bill Clark (38) as Harlow posted 276-5.

In reply their Harold Wood counterparts never threatened with stand out performances from Harris Hamid (3-3), Mark Quant (3-38) and George Jessey (2-44) to claim the full 25 points.

Amir’s Second XI were on top throughout their fixture at Loughton. Batting first Harlow posted 248 and declared with John Perry making 66, Max Baulcomb 43, Abdul Munim 42, Muhammed Umar Raza 38 and Waheed Azam 28.

Despite Harlow throwing the kitchen sink at the Loughton batters they doggedly held on 8 wickets down for the draw despite a brace of wickets for Farhad Hikmatshah, Paddy Matthews and Amir Farooq.

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