Hayes put on a show to breeze past OMT

Ghrial and Sidhu lead the way with bat

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

HAYES showed their class with the bat to vanquish Old Mer­chant Tay­lors in a Thames Val­ley Cricket League Divi­sion 3B derby at the week­end.

Hav­ing had quite a few last­minute dropouts, Tay­lors were un­der-strength for the short trip to Wood End and the home side took full ad­van­tage by claim­ing a big win.

Hav­ing won the toss and opted to put Hayes into bat first, OMT had hoped the pitch would help their seam bowlers.

But in fact it played very flat and true and Hayes bat­ted com­fort­ably through­out their in­nings.

Pyara Sidhu (80 not out) and Jas­raj Ghrial (92) were the pick of the home side’s score­card on an ex­cel­lent ses­sion at the crease.

OMT kept toil­ing away and the pick of the bowlers was cap­tain Kavir Vedd, who re­turned 4-119.

In post­ing 274-6 as a dec­la­ra­tion to­tal, Hayes were con­fi­dent of wrap­ping up a valu­able vic­tory.

That con­fi­dence turned out to be well-placed as OMT never man­aged to es­tab­lish a killer part­ner­ship that would af­ford them some sta­bil­ity.

In­stead, wick­ets fell reg­u­larly mean­ing OMT were dis­missed for a very dis­ap­point­ing 97, a long way short of the tar­get.

OMT now fo­cus their minds on the next fix­ture against Wooburn Narko­vians CC.

Mean­while, in Thames Val­ley Cricket League Divi­sion 6A, Tay­lors’ sec­ond-string were beaten by 69 runs against Tring Park as they tasted de­feat for the first time this sea­son.

Shorn of sev­eral reg­u­lar bat­ters, OMT elected to bowl first on win­ning the toss and at 112-7 hopes were high of re­strict­ing Tring to less than 150, af­ter debu­tant Terence Moyni­han recorded fig­ures of (4-31).

How­ever, young­ster Toby Sea­grave (20) sup­ported the Tring cap­tain Nathan Devlin (84) in a fine 8th wicket part­ner­ship of around 70 be­fore Ra­jiv Rad­hakr­ish­nan (3/19) fi­nally man­aged to break through for OMT.

Tring’s 213 was a stiffer tar­get than OMT would have liked to chase and they soon found them­selves 77-7, although the ex­cel­lent Moyni­han (40) con­tin­ued to im­press. But he was soon run out and Tay­lors’ were then out of ideas.

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