Ick­en­ham’s late show earns a tight vic­tory

Win­ning side leapfrog op­po­nents in ta­ble af­ter win CRICKET

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kieran Mo­ri­arty tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

The hosts held their nerve in the fi­nal over to claim the points and climb above their op­po­nents in the Di­vi­sion One stand­ings.

West Har­row be­gan the day bat­ting and started steadily and their to­tal was boosted by the bril­liant part­ner­ship of Faisal Naveed and Zawar Hus­sein.

Naveed reached the high­est in­di­vid­ual to­tal of the day with an ex­cel­lent 109. Hus­sein pro­vided good sup­port and was even­tu­ally bowled on 57.

Their mo­men­tum con­tin­ued and the ic­ing had seem­ingly been put on the cake when cap­tain Ray Pa­tel stepped up to the crease and hit a huge six, be­fore promptly declar­ing at 282-7.

Ick­en­ham had 53 overs to chase down West Har­row’s to­tal, which ap­peared to be too much of a tall or­der.

How­ever, El­liot Evans ini­ti­ated the fight­back with a 57 to give Ick­en­ham hope.

But it was the part­ner­ship of Ben Wall and David Gib­son that brought Ick­en­ham back into con­tention. Wall was su­perb and reached 73 be­fore be­ing caught.

Gib­son later joined Wall and pro­duced a solid bat­ting per­for­mance to aid Ick­en­ham’s re­cov­ery and would fin­ish the game 72 un­beaten.

Gib­son’s run rate was all the more im­pres­sive con­sid­er­ing he was only re­cently com­ing back from in­jury so was un­able to run freely.

West Har­row’s Ra­heel Zawan seemed to have stopped the Ick­en­ham fight­back when he bowled two home bats­men in quick suc­ces­sion.

But in the penul­ti­mate over, the part­ner­ship of Steve and Dave Gib­son con­tin­ued to score runs and prof­ited from two mo­ments of poor field­ing from West Har­row to score two cheap fours.

Steve Gib­son’s fi­nal bound­ary shot took Ick­en­ham’s to­tal to 285 with five balls re­main­ing, seal­ing a vic­tory which had seemed so un­likely just hours ear­lier.

Mean­while, East­cote were held to a los­ing draw by Hornsey but still re­main five points clear at the top of Mid­dle­sex County League Di­vi­sion Two.

Matt Sav­age (4-48) led the side and showed the way early on with the ball to leave the hosts at 61-6 and star­ing down the bar­rel.

Hornsey showed some great re­sis­tance and man­aged to re­cover their in­nings to post 181 all out with James Cor­bett (5-54) among the wick­ets again.

That late rally gave them hope of stick­ing it out with the bat and Sav­age, as he had done with the ball, guided his team home with an un­beaten 28 to see the away side fin­ish up 169-8.

And Paul Katz and Paul Marsall’s hero­ics were only good enough for a draw as Old Mer­chant Tay­lors’ were held by Hare­field in Thames Val­ley Cricket League Di­vi­sion 2A. RYAN Jack­son sealed the win­ner as West Dray­ton Youth Blues earned tour­na­ment vic­tory against club ri­vals Yel­lows in the Comets FC Tour­na­ment, hosted at Hemel Hemp­stead.

West Dray­ton had to fend off 13 other sides in the race for a fi­nal spot and man­aged to land both avail­able spots thanks to the hard-work of their two youth sides.

Jack­son’s goal set­tled the con­test in favour of the Blues to wrap up a won­der­ful day for the visi­tors.

Else­where, Hilling­don FC U10s claimed vic­tory in the an­nual Ro­tary Club of Uxbridge ‘Eborn Pratt’ five-a-side football tour­na­ment

Sandgate U12s also took the hon­ours in their re­spec­tive age group of the football tour­na­ment.

n SEAL­ING VIC­TORY: Steve Gib­son scored the win­ning runs

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