MIDDLESEX COUNTY LEAGUE DIVISION TWO
Ickenham 162 all out
Harrow Town 167-7
Harrow Town won by three wickets
OVERSEAS star Josh Thomas stifled Ickenham’s batsmen to set up Harrow Town’s first win of the season in Division Two on Saturday.
A superb performance saw Thomas bag four wickets to pave the way for a comfortable three wicket victory and give Harrow Town their maiden win of the campaign
Thomas (4-46) made early inroads before Kamlesh Desai (2-21) and Uzair Mohammed (2-33) restricted Ickenham to just three runs an over, helping to dismiss them for 162.
Town put their visitors into bat and Thomas removed both openers as Ickenham were 16-2 in no time.
Michael Olsen (33) hung around for a while but 17-year-old Farhad Hazaburz dismissed him as Town started to make way through Ickenham’s middle order.
Ananda Iyer (24) and skipper Steve Gibson (27) put on 62 for the sixth wicket before the latter was caught off the bowling of Desai.
Ickenham were 140-6 before Thomas returned for his second spell and his speed was too much for Ickenham’s lower order as they crashed to 162 all out.
The last five wickets were claimed for the loss of just 22 runs.
When Harrow Town replied, Vish Jadunath (19) and Muhammad Arshad (19) started the pace nicely until Jadunath was dismissed.
Mohamed Nawfer’s torrid time with the bat continued as he failed to score for the second successive game to leave the match in the balance.
Town were 46-3 but Uzair Mohammed (46) and Buddhi Attanayake (40 not out) put on 61 for the fourth wicket.
After Mohammed was caught at point, skipper Gihan Herath (1) and Abid Javed (1) quickly followed as the game swung Ickenham’s way, leaving Town on 108-6.
However, Town’s lower order kept their calm as Desai (16 not out) smashed a six to wrap up the win with three wickets to spare.
Meanwhile, Harrow Town’s seconds maintained their winning run as they crushed Perivale Pheonicians by six wickets.
Perivale were shot out for 93 with skipper Talib Malik taking 5-12 off 13 overs.
Town’s batsmen made light work of chasing down the target as Bhavik Thakkar (49) guided Town to victory.