Harlow Town returned to action this week following the recent bad weather and beat Basildon by 68 runs away from home.
Harlow Town 1st XI 232 all out beat
Basildon 1st XI 164 all out by 68 runs
Harlow Town travelled to Basildon & Pitsea after a week without a game due to the rain. Skipper Ashley Alderson won the toss and decided to have a bat.
The wicket played with variable pace and bounce and Town were struggling at 57 for three. Shiraz Ali, Joe Holland and Ramya Upadhyay where all out cheaply before Neil Gladwin joined Pat Yates in the middle and the pair started to build a partnership before Yates was stumped on 45.
Tom Price took to the wicket and hit an excellent 56 to help Town achieve an above par score. Gladwin was eventually out for a resilient 25 during a 60-run partnership with Price.
Ashley Alderson hit a quickfire 31 and Town ended the innings all out for 232 after stages where they didn’t look like reaching 180. Dan Bedford took seven wickets for Basildon & Pitsea.
The game was very much still in the balance at the lunch break and Town knew that Basildon would go for the win.
The away side got off to a great start with Danny Calver and Daniel Farmer picking up early wickets.
However, Lloyd Lambert (41) and Philip Tooke (21) then built a steady partnership before Shaun Alderson was introduced into the attack and dismissed Tooke in his first over with a caught and bowled.
Upadhyay eventually bowled Lambert and the home side where 94 for four and still going for the win at a fast rate with only 18 overs having been bowled.
Ronnie Yates came on to bowl and produced an excellent spell of spin bowling for the visitors. He ended the innings with five wickets after dismissing the middle order and Basildon & Pitsea were all out for 164 runs.
Town also picked up an extra five points for winning the game batting first.
Alderson said: "It was a great win for us. We had two good individual performances in Price and Yates but overall it was a great team effort to win batting first.
"All six bowlers took a wicket and batsmen at the top and middle order chipped in with runs. Next week will be our biggest test for us as we face relegated Stanford Le Hope who are unbeaten in the league so far."
Harlow Town 2s 238 for eight declared beat
Basildon 2s 100 all out by 138 runs
The second team put in a powerful around performance to beat a decent Basildon side on Saturday.
Skipper Gladwin lost the toss and was asked to bat on a drying wicket and Town saw off the new ball before Gladwin was out for 11.
Baldwin (40) and Hurley (36) then built a solid platform for Charlie Coleman to return to form in styl,e
batting with patience and concentration before launching a brutal late assault on the bowlers to be out for 96 allowing Gladwin to declare after just 45 overs.
In reply Basildon skipper Amos was in no mood to settle for a draw as he proceeded to smash the ball to all parts of the ground from the start, scoring a blistering 47, aided by three dropped catches, before being caught.
Town then brought Simon Rowell and Graeme Eversden together and in tandem they ran through the rest of the batting line up with some fine slow bowling to rattle out Basildon for 100
Rowell (5-44) and Eversden (4-10) took the wickets and there was a sensational one-handed run out from Scott Baker.
Town face the other relegated team from last year, Horndon On The Hill, on Saturday
The 3s continued their good start to the season with an emphatic win away at Wanstead VI and remain unbeaten and top of the league.
3s won the toss and elected to bowl. Wickets from Daniel Gleeson (3), Kevin Tilleard (2), Tyrone Mazarura (2) Pall Morrell (2) and Alfie Elston (1) saw the home team all out for only 101 off 37 overs.
Following tea, a fine opening partnership of 83 from Johan Cloete (53) and Aaron Simpson (21 not out) ensured the 3rd XI secured victory in just 25 overs.
Harlow Town 4th XI 204-4 declared drew with
Basildon & Pitsea 4th XI 126 for 4
HTCC batted first and batted well, the top performance coming from Paul Smith with 51 and Tom Wilcox with 50 not out as they reached and declared on 204 for four.
Basildon & Pitsea started brightly but a couple of quick wickets caused them to slow the early pace.
John Bedford made 61 not out helped see his side through to a deserved draw.