Cricket: Review of the season: Harlow CC 5th X1
Cricket / Thu 12th Oct 2023 at 07:23am
THE headline has to be one of a positive and successful campaign. Arguably most important was the significant reduction in cancelled matches when compared to recent seasons. The extensive use of young players supported by some experienced hands remained the blue print and served the side well.
The side got off to a tremendous start to the season and at the mid point around early July the 5’s stood second in their HEBL Division 3 table. Results faded thereafter a little, with a direct correlation to wider availability problems that hit the whole club hard in August, but a closing balance of 5 wins and 6 defeats plus a couple of rain effected fixtures was a highly creditable return
The experience of John Allen led the way with the bat followed by Jack Sykes who still probably makes 5th XI bowlers quake in their boots after his 2016 & 17 returns. Abid Shinwari and Safi Sarajudeen both returned excellent batting averages of around 40 whilst Oliver Allen played twice and scored 50 plus on both occasions. Mention in despatches also for Ryan Williams who made 104 in his only appearance and John Tasker who hit 90 on his single effort with the bat at this level.
The bowling was dominated by the youngsters no doubt guided by the knowledgable Danny Stone who returned to club colours to assist the youthful side. Irfan Oryakhel led the wicket taking with 11 followed by Abid Sinhwari and Emilia Allen with 10 each. Abdul Moiz took 9 along with Jawad Khan whilst Sam Robertson took 8 wickets in a fine effort.
John Allen, unsurprisingly, led the way in the field with 9 catches and a stumping.
Well done to all involved – a fine 7th placed finish was a good return but by far the most important factor was the opportunity to give league cricket to 11 extra players most weeks.
Leading Run Scorers
John Allen 382 runs (54.57 average)
Jack Sykes 254 runs (63.50)
Abid Shinwari 141 runs (35.25)
Leading Wicket Takers
Irfan Oryakhel 11 wickets (4.88 eco)
Safi Sarajudeen 10 wickets (3.08eco)
Emilia Allen 10 wickets (4.65 eco)