OMT shocked by loss to league strug­glers

Bats­men fail to build on solid start and fall 60 runs short CRICKET

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

The Berk­shire side have been poor so far this sea­son but they showed some grit to eek out the vic­tory as Tay­lors’ were beaten by 60 runs.

OMT won the toss and elected to bowl first on a green look­ing pitch, but de­spite cloudy con­di­tions the sur­face pro­vided very lit­tle swing for the bowlers.

Maiden­head raced along with Alex Hess (53) and cap­tain Brett Van Niek­erk (67) do­ing most of the dam­age.

And just when OMT felt they had hauled them­selves back into the game, with Ar­maan Mah­mood (4-46) in par­tic­u­lar pin­ning down the Maiden­head bats­men, there was still time for Alkesh Vaja (60 not out) to hit valu­able late runs, leav­ing the home side to post a not in­sur­mount­able 262-9 off their al­lot­ted overs.

OMT duly opened their re­sponse in pos­i­tive fash­ion, go­ing off at well above the re­quired run rate.

How­ever, as so of­ten has been the case so far this sea­son, lots of pos­i­tive starts were sim­ply not con­verted by the top or­der bats­men.

Cap­tain Paul Mar­shall (31) led by ex­am­ple, sup­ported by debu­tant Paul Wal­don (36) and Ge­orge Davies (41), but ul­ti­mately OMT would fall 60 runs short in their bid to hold out for a draw.

Mean­while, Mid­dle­sex County League Di­vi­sion Two lead­ers East­cote picked up a win­ning draw at Har­row St Mary’s to re­main un­beaten.

Af­ter a de­layed start due to some rain, East­cote won the toss and elected to field.

With a steady start at 91-2, Har­row st Mary’s sud­denly found them­selves at 111-4 and with some more great bowl­ing from James Cor­bett, who col­lected 5-38, and James Rosewarne (4-69), the home side were re­stricted to 185 all out.

The heav­ens then opened just one over into East­cote’s in­nings, re­sult­ing in a short rain break and re­duc­ing the overs to 43, which would be re­duced yet fur­ther due to more rain.

Rosewarne (48), who was un­for­tu­nate to drag the ball onto his own stumps in the last ball of the in­nings, and watch­ful bat­ting by Cor­bett (23 not out) saw them se­cure the four points and stay top of the pile by reach­ing 128-7.

And in Mid­dle­sex Cham­pi­onship Di­vi­sion One, Ick­en­ham came ag­o­nis­ingly close to tast­ing vic­tory at Old Ac­to­ni­ans but could not quite re­move the fi­nal home bats­man to see the match drawn at Ac­to­ni­ans Sports Ground.

n CLOSE CALL: Ac­tion from Ick­en­ham against Old Ac­to­ni­ans

Photo by Grant Humphreys www.buyapho­totms.co.uk WL153845

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