Duce stuns bats­men with six-wicket haul

Bowler con­cedes just six runs in dev­as­tat­ing spell CRICKET

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

EAST­COTE stayed in the hunt for pro­mo­tion to the Mid­dle­sex County League Premier Di­vi­sion by beat­ing Hornsey.

The sec­ond-placed side are now hot on the heels of lead­ers Shep­herd’s Bush, trail­ing by just three points, and could go top if all goes to plan at Wem­b­ley on Satur­day.

Duce ripped into the lower or­der, tak­ing six wick­ets for the loss of just six runs in four fan­tas­tic overs at Green Dragon Lane to see his side se­cure vic­tory by 158 runs.

Manor won the toss and elected to bat.

Leo Fer­nan­des and Chris Burles pro­vided an un­spec­tac­u­lar open­ing stand as they put on 25 and 13 runs re­spec­tively for the away team.

That set the tone for the Hilling­don in­nings as the runs

East­cote won the toss and elected to field and with an early break­through from Matt Sav­age, Hornsey were 4-1 af­ter five overs.

Hornsey’s mid­dle-or­der hit­ters pushed hard for the runs, but over­seas star James Rosewarne col­lected the fi­nal four wick­ets to bowl out the visi­tors for 182.

It was a poor ini­tial re­sponse from East­cote at the crease and they found them­selves in real trou­ble at 67-3 af­ter 19 overs.

Club cap­tain Chris James then en­tered the crease and be­came the were shared around fairly evenly with Matthew Read (26), Justin Ni­cholls (24) and Prit­pal Singh (23) keep­ing the score­board tick­ing over.

That was un­til Si­mon Webb came in at num­ber eight and smashed 65 to help take the to­tal to 246, leav­ing Manor with their bedrock of the in­nings by crack­ing off a bound­ary beat­ing 67 not out to get the home side over the line.

Strug­gling Uxbridge were beaten by Ac­ton.

Mean­while, Bish­ops Wood Hos­pi­tal and Hilling­don NHS Trust will unite for their third an­nual cricket match against Ick­en­ham Ladies on Sun­day, Septem­ber 13 at East­cote Cricket Club. fate in their own hands as they took pos­ses­sion of the ball.

High Wy­combe, sup­ported by the home crowd, looked threat­en­ing in the early stages as they took to the crease.

But it soon be­came the Duce show as he dis­missed Ge­orge

With doors open at 11.30am for a noon start, pro­ceeds from the sale of re­fresh­ments go to CURA – the char­ity which sup­ports peo­ple with lim­ited means suf­fer­ing from breast can­cer in the Lon­don Bor­ough of Hilling­don and the Home Coun­ties (Hert­ford­shire, Bed­ford­shire, Buck­ing­hamshire).

All are welcome to go and watch. Any­one wish­ing to know more about CURA, or the cricket match, is in­vited to email cura. info@cura-uk.com. Rus­sell and went on to claim six vic­tims in a re­lent­less spell that fired his side to vic­tory.

The re­sult leaves Hilling­don Manor third in the Thames Val­ley League Di­vi­sion 4A ta­ble, be­hind lead­ers Datchet and sec­ond-placed Teddington.

THAMES VAL­LEY CRICKET LEAGUE DI­VI­SION 4A Hilling­don Manor High Wy­combe thirds 246 all out

88 all out

n DEV­AS­TAT­ING: Steve Duce in ac­tion for Hilling­don Manor

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