Painter puts gloss on win with half-cen­tury

Teen scores 69 runs to help Hayes’ six-wicket vic­tory

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Hayley Fox tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

JOSH Painter helped Hayes into con­tention for promotion with a peer­less maiden half cen­tury against Ger­rards Cross sec­onds as they claimed a six-wicket win.

The teenager brought his team up to 100, dis­play­ing a sense of ma­tu­rity with straight cover drives, while also gain­ing 69 runs to leave them sec­ond in the league ta­ble.

The op­po­si­tion bat­ted first with Billy Moone con­tin­u­ing his great form, re­mov­ing two bats­men with iden­ti­cal de­liv­er­ies for Painter to catch be­hind the stumps.

Moone then cas­tled an­other be­fore re­mov­ing bats­man Ha­roon Mo­ham­mad with a sharp caught and bowled, leav­ing Ger­rards Cross at 42-4.

Ram­neek Ma­dial pro­vided a key sup­port­ing role to keep play tight, find­ing some good pace but had no luck. Kul­vin­der Singh, the di­vi­sion’s lead­ing wicket taker, was brought into at­tack, re­mov­ing the op­po­si­tion cap­tain Steve Rim­mer with his first de­liv­ery leav­ing Hayes on 75-5 from 25 overs.

Young­sters Char­lie Ar­rons and Toby Lane started strong, clear­ing the ropes with ease, leav­ing the home side on a com­mend­able 131-5 from 34 overs, but cap­tain Shah­baz Haider in­structed his side the next 10 overs had to be theirs. Singh re­sponded to Haider’s de­mands by re­mov­ing Lane, with Pyare Sidhu mas­ter­ing a neat catch at long on be­fore Painter took a quick stump­ing chance to re­move Ar­rons.

Ross Fyfe hit some huge sixes for his side with Harman Momi chip­ping in with a cou­ple of wick­ets for Jas­raj Ghrial and Sidhu to take fur­ther neat catches to end the in­nings on 180.

As the restart got un­der way, Hayes lost form bats­man Ghrial as Peter Dor­man and Ted Bracey found some good ground with the new ball.

Painter showed his ex­pe­ri­ence and con­trol, with straight and cover drives paired with hooks and pulls, im­press­ing the fans on the ter­races.

Sup­ported by Muhammed Ar­shad, Hayes moved to 66-1 be­fore Ar­shad and Sidhu de­parted to leave them on 74-3 with no prob­lems with the overs.

The re­turn of teenager Ga­gan Sharma, who has just com­pleted his A level ex­ams, paid div­i­dends as he showed cru­cial de­ter­mi­na­tion in the mid­dle overs, with the young play­ers bring­ing up the 100 be­fore Painter was bowled through the gate by Steve Rim­mer.

With 70 runs still needed for vic­tory, Ger­rards Cross were sens­ing a chance of a col­lapse, but Haider got his eye in and counter at­tacked with fluent cover and straight drives.

Faster run­ning be­tween the wick­ets saw the op­por­tu­nity for both Sharma and Haider to gather fur­ther mo­men­tum and see the game through.

Ger­rards Cross changed their bowlers to try new tac­tics, but Haider had other plans as he hit the win­ning runs to also bring up his half cen­tury.

n CON­TROLLED PER­FOR­MANCE: From left, Kul­vin­der Singh, Josh Painter and Billy Moone of Hayes CC

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