Vadgama rips through visi­tors’ mid­dle or­der

Four of seam bowler’s vic­tims dis­missed for a duck CRICKET

Harefield Gazette - - MOTORS - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­

Hilling­don Bor­ough’s

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.

NL20149702 Photo by Clive Tagg www.buyapho­

■ SLOG: It was a tough day at the of­fice for Uxbridge, who were bowled out for 55 by South­gate

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