Vadgama rips through visitors’ middle order
Four of seam bowler’s victims dismissed for a duck CRICKET
FA Cup VEER Vadgama produced one of the best spells of seam bowling ever seen at Northwood Town, taking six wickets.
He claimed four of his Luton Town and Indians seconds scalps in a single over to help secure victory.
Put in to bat on a damp track, Northwood openers Akshay Loomba (16) and Michael Lister (19) worked hard to build a foundation as the ball zipped around.
After they had both been dismissed, the middle order struggled to make any headway, until Andy Burt (18) and Aiden Lawrence (21) chipped in with useful knocks that pushed Town towards three figures.
A late cameo from Mikhil Patel (15) took Town on to 103.
Vadgama and Krunal Patel wasted no time in removing one of Luton’s opening batsmen each.
Then a quite brilliant delivery from Vadgama nipped off the seam to give him his second victim.
After tea, the visitors came out with renewed vigour and a partnership of 48 pushed the score along to 65-3. However, as their confidence grew, they started to take risks.
They had the wind knocked out of their sails as Vadgama removed four batsmen in the space of six balls.
Patel (3-8 off five overs) then deservedly took the final wicket.
Division Two Northwood were narrowly beaten by one wicket by Old Albanians, and in Home Counties Premier League Division One, Harefield lost by three wickets to Tring Park after posting a score of 171.
In the Thames Valley League, Division 2B side Hayes won by two wickets against Bagshot and in Division 3B, Old Merchant Taylors’ beat Marlow Park by seven wickets.
Ruislip slumped to a 108-run defeat by Chesham thirds and Hillingdon Manor lost by five wickets to Wycombe Dragons in Division 4A.
Middlesex County League Division Two side Eastcote lost by six wickets to Winchmore Hill, and rivals Uxbridge were hammered by nine wickets by Southgate after being bowled out for just 55.
And in Division Three, basement boys Ickenham suffered a two-wicket defeat at the hands of promotionchasing Highgate.
■ SLOG: It was a tough day at the office for Uxbridge, who were bowled out for 55 by Southgate