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by Stuart Alderson Tuesday 29 July 2014
With the third team not in action this week, there were was a win for Harlow Town Cricket Club seconds, a defeat for the firsts and a draw for the fourth team.
Stanford Le Hope 1st XI beatHarlow Town 1st XI by 2 wickets
The Harlow Town CC captain won the toss and elected to bat in hot dry conditions. Batting proved much harder than expected on a worn and frequently used wicket with early deliveries popping up hitting the batsman in the chest and gloves.
Town openers Shiraz Ali (0) and Ashley Alderson (13) both went early as Stanford bowled well and Town struggled on the difficult track. Batters came and went and the Town were soon 80 for six.
Brothers Scott and Shaun Alderson set about recovering the innings, putting on an 80-run partnership until Scott was removed on 33, followed a couple of overs later by Shaun who made 40. Dan Farmer hit a quick 19 to set a target of 189 which in the conditions was quite respectable. Town got off to a great start getting three early wickets including the wicket of key man Ross Poulton bowled by Hassan Ali.
Stamford were struggling on 38 for three before a partnership between Michael Gray (52) and Thomas Willats (26) put the home side in a good position at 122 before the latter got out, and was quickly followed by Gray, putting the game back in the balance - Stanford required 50 to win with Town needing five wickets.
Sachin Sewgobind (31) got the majority of the runs while Town picked up three more wickets to set up a close and nervy finish. Stanford eventually ran out the winners by two wickets. Pick of the Town bowlers were Hassan Ali picking up four wickets and Dan Farmer picking up three.This was a disappointing result for the Town who now drop third 3rd in the league but with a game in hand it is all still to play for.Harlow Town CC 2nd XI 232 all out beatHorndon CC 2nd XI 132 all out by 100 runsTown took a massive step towards promotion with a sensational victory over Horndon-on-the-Hill.
Skipper Gladwin lost another toss and Town were invited to bat. It was a slow start as Horndon bowled well removing Ali and Baldwin for nought to leave Town struggling at three for two.
Enter Charlie Coleman who showed brutal aggression with great shot selection to hammer Horndon's bowler to all parts of the ground to record a breath-taking 106.
Gladwin ground out another important 31 and with the rest of the lower order chipping in with vital runs Town finished on 232 from 48 oversTown thought this was 40 runs short of a good score and as Horndon raced to 70 for 0 it looked as if they might be right.
However, the stage was set for leading wicket-taker Rowell, whose mesmeric spin has accounted for many sides this year.
He removed the top five batsmen in quick time as Horndon could not handle the turn and bounce. He finished with seven for 44 with Graeme Eversden picking up the other two as Horndon folded to 132 all out with Ben Eversdens impossible one-handed catch from a brutal cover drive summing up Town's day.
Harlow Town CC 4th XI 231-5 dec. from 48 overs drew withUpminster CC 4th XI 141-5 from 46 overs
Put into bat, Town posted a good score of 233 for five declared off 48 overs. After losing opener Johan Cloete (12) and George Richardson (8) early, Paul Smith (31) and Aaron Simpson (23) steadied things and this was followed with great knocks by Nick Teale (62) and Tyrone Mazarura (52).Upminster started their innings with a positive intent ,but with tight bowling from the Town and after early wickets for Johan Cloete, who bowled 12 overs to take three for 32, Upminster batted for the draw. They finished on 146 for six form 46 overs to leave the Town disappointed with another draw.
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