Momi shows who’s the daddy in tight vic­tory

All-rounder hits win­ning runs in su­perb half-cen­tury CRICKET

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Sam Meade tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­

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.

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