Hayes brush Wooburn aside to hit top spot

New league lead­ers thrash bot­tom side by seven wick­ets

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

IN-FORM Hayes thrashed Wooburn Narko­vians by seven wick­ets to leap to the top of Thames Val­ley Cricket League Di­vi­sion 3B.

Narko­vians sit bot­tom of the league stand­ings and for good rea­son on this show­ing as the new lead­ers got the job done with lit­tle trou­ble.

And other re­sults went in their favour as both ti­tle ri­vals Amer­sham and Bagshot only man­aged draws in their re­spec­tive games to lose ground in the race.

The day had started with cap­tain Shah­baz Haider los­ing the toss for the sixth game run­ning as Wooburn de­cided to bat first.

How­ever, Hayes’ open­ing pair of Billy Moone and Ram­neek Ma­dial hit the ground run­ning from the off by tak­ing a wicket apiece.

Some ex­cel­lent line and length bowl­ing from the pair built pres­sure, with Moone tak­ing an­other sharp caught and bowled to add to his col­lec­tion of catches.

Lead­ing wicket taker Kul­vin­der Singh was brought into the at­tack and took his cus­tom­ary wicket in the first over by hav­ing Wooburn’s dan­ger man caught at mid-on by Haider.

Ma­dial from the other end was into a long open­ing spell and re­moved an­other with a boom­ing in swinger to rat­tle the stumps be­fore re­duc­ing Narko­vians fur­ther.

Six wick­ets down for 80 runs at the drinks in­ter­val left Wooburn fac­ing an up­hill task.

Singh be­came the first bowler in the league to take his 50th wicket of the sea­son as the wick­ets con­tin­ued to tum­ble after the restart and Narko­vians were all out for 85.

De­spite Hayes re­quir­ing just 99 runs for vic­tory, they were soon in trou­ble when los­ing early wick­ets for the fifth game run­ning to leave the score on 20-3 with Wooburn tails up.

How­ever, Hayes have been re­silient dur­ing their eight-game un­beaten streak and showed it again as Pyare Sidhu kept the score­board tick­ing along.

Ga­gan Sharma, at the other end, has played a cru­cial role since re­turn­ing to first team du­ties by com­bin­ing his solid de­fence with the abil­ity to ma­noeu­vre the ball around both unset­tling bowlers as well as ro­tat­ing the strike.

The run­ning be­tween the pair was sub­se­quently sharp with plenty of dou­bles and triples on show, tak­ing Hayes home to vic­tory with over 40 overs to spare.

With three games to go there is a real feel­ing amongst the Hayes team that some­thing spe­cial is pos­si­ble in their chal­lenge for the sil­ver­ware.

n JOB DONE: Ga­gan Sharma, Kul­vin­der Singh, Ram­neek Ma­dial and Pyare Sidhu of Hayes CC

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