Wilkin ru­ins East­cote’s chance of first win

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

MID­DLE­SEX COUNTY LEAGUE PRE­MIER DIVI­SION

Eal­ing 377-7 East­cote 250 all out

East­cote lost by 127 runs

AN IMPERIOUS in­nings by Eal­ing’s Ol­lie Wilkin put paid to East­cote’s hopes of mak­ing a win­ning start to their league cam­paign.

Fol­low­ing their pro­mo­tion back into the Pre­mier League af­ter an im­pres­sive 2015 sea­son, the Southill Lane side faced the some­what daunt­ing prospect of Eal­ing away in the first fix­ture of 2016.

East­cote skip­per Chris James won the toss and elected to bowl first, only to see the ball dis­patched to all parts in an im­pres­sive and hard hit­ting dou­ble cen­tury by the for­mer Mid­dle­sex staffer.

An al­most chance­less in­nings of stun­ning fe­roc­ity, ac­cu­racy and power saw the score race away and ended up at 377-7 af­ter the al­lot­ted 50 overs.

In re­ply, East­cote started pos­i­tively with Harpel Sa­goo and Amand Lo­tay clip­ping along nicely at about eight an over and, af­ter 12 overs, were slightly ahead of the re­quired rate at 91 with­out loss.

Sa­goo, who had been play­ing nicely, made his 50 be­fore fall­ing LBW on 54 to sum­mon Aus­tralian Josh Sund­berg to the mid­dle, who kept the score­board tick­ing over.

At the half­way stage, East­cote were 151-1 and nicely placed to take ad­van­tage of the good bat­ting sur­face and hopes of an ex­cit­ing run chase swelled in the ranks of Eal­ing and East­cote sup­port­ers, who were watch­ing on a sunny and warm Satur­day af­ter­noon. The loss of Sund­berg sparked a mini­col­lapse that the Southill Lane team were never to re­cover from as they slumped to 170-6 in 4 overs.

A wor­thy score of 250 all out in 49.3 overs was tes­ta­ment to the spirit and de­ter­mi­na­tion of an East­cote team who fell short of the tar­get but will take heart from this per­for­mance.

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DOU­BLE CEN­TURY: Eal­ing’s Ol­lie Wilkin in ac­tion

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