Cricket: Ilford Catholic cruise past Hockerill

PUBLISHED: 15:00 19 July 2018

Players move a sightscreen (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Players move a sightscreen (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Ilford Catholic cruised to a 10-wicket win over Hockerill in their Herts & Essex League Division One contest.

Sent into the field, they saw Arul Gopalsamy (1-24) and John Rogers (0-16) combine for five successive maidens.

Guru Shrinivasan (3-25) replaced Gopalsamy and made the breakthrough with two quick wickets, while Sudha Munusamy (0-19) continued where Rogers had left off with a good spell.

First-team debutant Vinoth Chandrasekaran (3-54) took the next wicket to keep the pressure on and wickets fell steadily for the rest of the innings, with a few boundaries increasing the score to 137-8.

Steve Ward (70 not out) and Mo Zaman (64 not out) scored six boundaries in the first two overs in reply and attacked anything overpitched or short to see their side to victory inside 15 overs.

The seconds fell to defeat by nine wickets against South Loughton, after being dismissed for 155.

Murali Vallat (24) and Ruhul Chowdhury started well, but wickets fell steadily throughout, although Sujen Sube (31), Pritesh Malviya (27) and Athiyan Mahinda (20) all made starts.

Early chances went begging in reply, with Athiyan (1-31) taking the only wicket to fall as South Loughton eased home.

The thirds began their match at Sawbridgeworth short of three key players, but Hardev Singh made the breakthrough and took three wickets.

Louis Morgan and Deepak Singh picked up wickets in their return spells as the hosts reached 231-5.

But Catholic were always behind the run rate in reply and, despite an excellent 76 from Martin Riches, who was backed up by Ricki Saha (35) and a late flourish from Deepak (18), they closed on 202-6.

Aravindan Chockalingham captained the fourths for the first time as they skittled Birchanger for just 94.

Aravindan (1-13) and Arun Singh (2-28) had support from J Ramayan and Saleem Mukhtar as the hosts were given a meagre target to chase.

And powerful batting by Stefan Minky (47) sealed a seven-wicket win to extend Catholic’s 100 per cent record.

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