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by Stuart Alderson Tuesday 22 July 2014
Harlow Town's first XI smashed records (probably) as they racked up 362 for seven before beating Basildon & Pistea CC by 246 runs.
HTCC 1s lost the toss again and were asked to bat with the visitors Basildon & Pistea CC hoping to take advantage of a drying wicket but followed can only be described as carnage and has people searching through the archives to see which records had been broken.Shiraz Ali (11) and Ashley Alderson (45) resisted the early movement putting on 40 for the first wicket. The visitor's keeper Jon Bonnett took an early blow to his thumb and was swiftly taken to hospital for a check up as Joe Holland (18) helped build the platform for a stunning middle-order onslaught.
Holland fell with the score on 82 and was soon followed by Alderson with the score on 113. Ramya Upadhyay (80) and Neil Gladwin (108 from 70 balls) took the initiative from the visitors putting on a partnership of 186.
Both batsmen were in destructive mood leaving the opposition wilting in the hot and humid conditions before a final blast from Tom Price (46 from 20 balls) put the seal on an impressive 50 overs for the Town who reached a huge 362 for seven.The visitors dragged themselves off the pitch clearly in need of the tea break. Unfortunately for them the rest of the day did not go any better as wickets tumbled at regular intervals.
The in-form Mohammed Hassan Ali (three for 15) picked up three wickets as did Dan Farmer (three for 31) while Ramya picked up two and Shaun Alderson the remaining wicket.
Bonnett was unable to bat due to his injury and the visitors were bowled out for 116 in 26.1 overs.HTCC believe this to be the highest league score recorded by the club and probably the highest winning margin for a league game of 246 runs.
With the season now just over half way through the 1st XI remain top and face Stanford-Le-Hope next week in a crucial game for both sides.
Harlow Town CC - 1st XI
Old Southendian & Southchurch CC - 1st XI
Stanford Le Hope CC - 1st XI
Old Brentwoods CC - 1st XI
Benfleet CC - 1st XI
Woodford Green CC - Sat 1st XI
Oakfield Parkonians CC, Essex - 1st XI
Basildon & Pitsea CC - 1st XI
Epping CC - 1st XI
Harlow Town 2s 168 for 9 declared beat Basildon 116 all out by 52 runsTown's unbeaten run this season continued as they recorded an excellent comeback victory on Saturday against Basildon.Skipper Gladwin lost the toss for the eighth time in nine games and Town were inserted on a dry but difficult track. Scoring runs was going to be difficult and so it proved as Town slumped to 55 for four. Tim Poulter steadied the ship with a hard fought 33 but only Gladwin (23) and the rest of the lower order batsmen, marshalled well by Max Poulter's 19 not out, chipped in with a few runs as Town finished on 168 which was considered 20 runs short of a par score.
Bedford bowled a marathon 22-over spell to pick up five wickets for 28 runs.In reply Tom Wilcox (three for 28) tore through the top order and with Ben Eversden picking up another Town had Basildon at 64 for four.A period of consolidation was needed and at the start of the final 20 overs Town required six wickets with Basildon at 95 for four and the game was in the balance.The introduction of Graeme Eversden changed the game as he picked up four wickets for 23 runs and with Rowell (two for 34) also excelling the lower order collapsed to give Town 25 points.Max Poulter took 4 excellent catches at mid-off to complete a fine performance.Town face their biggest game of the season next week against third-placed Horndon where a win could give them a very healthy cushion for the rest of the season.
Harlow Town CC - 2nd XI
Old Southendian & Southchurch CC - 2nd XI
Horndon On The Hill CC - 2nd XI
Oakfield Parkonians CC, Essex - 2nd XI
Benfleet CC - 2nd XI
Epping CC - 2nd XI
Basildon & Pitsea CC - 2nd XI
Woodford Green CC - Sat 2nd XI
Old Brentwoods CC - 2nd XI
HTCC 3rd XI 123 for 5 beat Wansted & Snaresbrook CC 121 by five wicketsAfter Town won the toss and elected to bowl, Tristan Reece (three for 34) and Johan Cloete (three for 23) did the most to restrict the visitors with Scott Baker, Nick Teale, Tyrone Mazarura and the retired Stuart Alderson all picked up a wicket each as the visitors were dismissed for 121.
Only two players reached double figures and the Town dominated for long periods. In reply the Town lost Aaron Simpson early but South African duo Cloete (45) and Brendon Maclean (26) scored freely, as did Brian Lall (18) to take the score up to 103 before skipper Nick Teale And Jake Messenger saw them home with plenty of overs to spare.
The Town remain in second place and have opened up a 34-point gap to Old Southendians CC in third.
Basildon & Pitsea CC beat HTCC 4th XI by eight wicketsA number of players got starts but none went on to make the necessary big score to set a challenging total.
Lee Richardson (25), Paul Smith (25), George Richardson (19), Kieran Gleeson (37) and Oliver Souter (20) all batted well but the final total always looked a little light.
The Basildon innings was dominated by Phillip Murdoch, whose 104 not out ensured the hosts reached the target in just 29 overs. George Richardson and Oliver Souter picked up the only wickets to fall.Hainault & Clayhall CC beat HTCC 5th XI by eight wickets.The 5th XI could only manage to score 99 as three players made their debuts - unfortunately all of them made ducks!
Matthew Parson was the only Town player to make a significant contribution making an excellent 42 as George Irving (12) and Dave Calver (12) were the only other batsmen to reach double figures.
In reply the runs were knocked off in just 14 overs with Taylor Wood (one for 16) the only bowler to make an impression.
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