East­cote show their in­tent in ti­tle race

CRICKET

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

EAST­COTE drew early blood in the Di­vi­sion Two ti­tle race by beat­ing sec­ond-placed Shep­herd’s Bush in a top-of-the-ta­ble clash.

The hosts won the toss and elected to field, grab­bing a cou­ple of early wick­ets from Je­han Jef­ferie and Matt Sav­age to pin down the visi­tors 14-2 from the first five overs.

Jef­ferie con­tin­ued on to take 3-39 and Shep­herd’s Bush were 107-4 af­ter 28 overs and look­ing to move into clear wa­ter.

How­ever, a fit-again James Cor­bett had other ideas and took 4-56 from his 15-over spell and the away side were dis­missed for 170.

East­cote came out show­ing real in­tent, mov­ing swiftly to 63 from five overs be­fore the loss of the counter-at­tack­ing Greg Fury, who scored 39 from just 18 balls.

Skip­per Chris James (34) and Harpal Sa­goo (27) moved the score up to 110 be­fore both were out and with an un­lucky LBW for Rose Warne (0) Bush smelt blood.

Phil Bell (20) man­aged to push the score to 144 be­fore de­part­ing Sav­age’s un­beaten nine and hard hit­ting from Danny Sk­il­ton (31 not out) saw them stay top of the pile.

Else­where, Old Mer­chant Tay­lors’ came tan­ta­lis­ingly close to chas­ing down a for­mi­da­ble to­tal of 268-4 posted by Old Chel­to­ni­ans in the first round of the Crick­eter Cup.

So­han Modi (34) and Adam Brand (63) shared in a part­ner­ship of 90 for the third wicket which kept OMT in a good po­si­tion, but they fell 20 runs short of the tar­get.

And Hayes sec­onds re­turned back to win­ning ways in style with a thump­ing 191-run vic­tory over Hen­ley. Shah­baz Haider top scored with the bat and Kul­vin­der Singh took 6-36.

n CALL UP: East­cote field­ers ap­peal against Shep­herd’s Bush

Photo by Grant Humphreys WL153761

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