Momi shows who’s the daddy in tight victory
All-rounder hits winning runs in superb half-century CRICKET
HAYES Amateur Boxing club’s Louis Lye was crowned Haringey Box Cup Champion after defeating Sweden’s Denis Kauffer.
The Haringey Box Cup is the largest annual boxing tournament in Europe made up of more than 400 competitors.
Hayes had three participants entered with Aaron Sinclair and Fuaad Huseen both reaching the quarter-final stages in the class B division before losing on points decisions.
Lye progressed to the semi-final HARMAN Momi’s maiden half century of the season helped Hayes secure a first win in six games by defeating Kew seconds by three wickets.
The weather did its best to disrupt play throughout the day with rain causing a two-and-ahalf hour delay and restricting the amount of overs to be played.
After the weather disruption had cleared the game was split into a 37 and 33 over split. Hayes of the elite open class category, where he met experienced boxer Marc Osborne. He impressively dominated the fight and emerged victorious to give him a chance of a third win in the Box Cup.
The final was a cagey affair with momentum switching between Lye and Kauffer, who is Sweden’s national champion.
The first and second rounds saw few major hits but 30 seconds into the third round Lye hit his opponent with a right uppercut and a left hook to knock him down to the mat and secure the Haringey Box Cup once again. sent Aaron Davies and Momi into the attack to curb the run rate as Kew brought up 50 after the first 10 overs.
Shortly after, Davies found the breakthrough with danger man Lewin caught behind for 27.
And the wickets soon began tumbling with Davies picking up another and Momi piling the pressure on.
Hayes’ fielding was beginning to cost them, however, with Kew’s captain on his third life after some sloppy work in the field.
He went on to make his half century before falling victim to the division’s leading wicket taker Kulvinder Singh.
Singh went on to take six as the Kew run rate began to slow. Pyara Sidhu also chipped in with one wicket as the visitors were restricted to 161.
In reply, early optimism began to diminish as Ashwin Randhawa and Jas Ghiral’s positive start was met with regular wickets as Hayes tried to keep up with the required run rate. After the fall of the second wicket, Hayes needed 99 runs from 102 balls, but some good work from the Kew bowlers left the hosts meandering at 85-5.
Enter Hayes all-rounder Momi, who came to the fray with 77 runs needed from 54 remaining balls and quickly set about hunting down the total with several quick boundaries.
Coming into the final two overs Hayes still needed 27 runs, but three fours meant that heading into the final only 12 runs were needed for victory.
Momi’s partner Davies smashed a tremendous six and left Momi to hit the winning runs, thus bringing up his half century in the process.
A man of the match innings from Momi had helped rescue an unlikely victory for the hosts. HARLINGTON Bowls Club suffered a heavy defeat in the Chiltern & Thames League this week.
Their opponents Court Park won all three rinks on their way to recording a 63-33 overall triumph.
Joan Fulbrook, Dave Anderson and Sheila Cutmore came closest to getting a positive result as they lost their triple 15-11.
Harlington are on the lookout for new members.
Coaching is available and equipment is free to use, with only trainers or flat shoes required. Club day is Wednesdays from 2pm to 8pm. For more information, call the club on 01895 443 559.
n CHIPPING IN: Pyara Sidhu