De­fi­ant Moone stars as Hayes stay in hunt

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

THAMES VAL­LEY CRICKET LEAGUE DI­VI­SION 3B Bagshot 149 all out Hayes 108-9 Match drawn

HAYES stretched their un­beaten run to seven games to claim a share of the spoils with Bagshot at the week­end.

Only three points and one place separate these two sides in the Thames Val­ley Cricket League Di­vi­sion 3B ta­ble and there was noth­ing to choose be­tween them here.

Both have their sights set on the ti­tle and lead­ers Amer­sham sec­onds are eas­ily within reach as the sec­ond and third-placed teams look to reel in the ta­ble-top­pers.

Hayes had Billy Moone to thank for his stale­mate as he starred with the ball and then played a cru­cial role in see­ing out the fi­nal overs at the crease to guide his side home.

He opened the bowl­ing and showed con­trol and vari­a­tion be­yond his teenage years to take a ca­reer best 6-52 from 18 straight overs.

His sec­ond wicket of the af­ter­noon saw him clean bowl the Bagshot No. 2 bats­man with a scorcher that Eng­land hero Jimmy An­der­son would have been proud of.

Har­man Momi was also look­ing sharp with the ball and fin­ished with fig­ures of 3-26 as he swept up the tail to dis­miss the visi­tors for 149.

Hayes could not have made a worse start in re­ply as opener Josh Painter fell to the first Bagshot de­liv­ery of the in­nings.

It was a dis­ap­point­ing show­ing from the hosts with the bat and only the re­li­able Pyara Sidhu (40) and Ga­gan Sharma (27) could reach dou­ble fig­ures.

They were star­ing at the face of de­feat with fi­nal pair Ram­neek Ma­dial and star bowler Moone need­ing to bat out the fi­nal seven overs to se­cure the draw.

But it was to be Moone’s day as he added two runs to the to­tal, which reached 108, and cru­cially re­mained at the crease to keep Hayes right on Bagshot’s heels in the race.

Else­where in Di­vi­sion 3B, Old Mer­chant Tay­lor’s gave their sur­vival hopes a real shot in the arm with a vi­tal two-wicket tri­umph over bot­tom side Kew sec­onds.

It was only a de­fi­ant 41 not out from Robert Tin­dall in the lower or­der that meant Kew se­cured a few bat­ting bonus points be­fore the side were dis­missed for 148.

The mood in the OMT camp was buoy­ant about pulling off the win and with So­han Modi (51) in fan­tas­tic form at the top of the or­der hopes of an easy chase pre­vailed early on.

Bar­ney Close bat­ted with gen­uine calm­ness and his un­beaten 36, along­side Deven Pa­tel, steered OMTs home to a fa­mous vic­tory.

Tay­lors’ sec­onds came within one wicket of beat­ing league lead­ers East­cote af­ter a tense bat­tle at the War Me­mo­rial Ground.

Si­mon Board­ley (81) and Chris Nock­els (6-59) starred with the bat and ball for OMTs.

n RES­O­LUTE: Billy Moone

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