Ick­en­ham on course CRICKET

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

ICK­EN­HAM CC are eye­ing an in­stant re­turn to the Mid­dle­sex County League af­ter Vrushant Pa­tel’s seven-wicket haul helped them to a third suc­ces­sive win.

Win­ning the toss and bowl­ing on a bowler friendly wicket, Ick­en­ham started slowly as Birk­beck ploughed on to 100-3. How­ever, the spin from Pa­tel (7-58) and over­seas player Ben Wall (1-34) that turned the match Ick­en­ham’s way. The pair blew away the mid­dle or­der and Birk­beck even­tu­ally folded for 161 off 41 overs.

That to­tal was very de­fend­able, but Dan Pope (78) played his shots from the off and took Ick­en­ham to the brink of vic­tory. He was well sup­ported by cap­tain Ross Berti (28), but it was Wall who guided the team home with an un­beaten 25.

In the Thames Val­ley League, Hayes lost by five wick­ets to Boyne Hill in Di­vi­sion 2a de­spite an 84 from Michael Green, while in Di­vi­sion 4a, James In­gram’s 144 helped Ruis­lip ham­mer Datchet sec­onds by 195 runs, while an un­beaten 124 from Steve Duce and fig­ures of 8-17 from Azan Hy­att saw Hillingon Manor beat Chal­font St Peter by 18 runs. Hare­field also drew with Hen­ley in Div­sion One of the Home Coun­ties Premier.

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