Cricket: Ilford Catholic race to 10-wicket win

PUBLISHED: 14:30 18 May 2018

The latest news from the local cricket scene (pic: Jacob Ranson)

The latest news from the local cricket scene (pic: Jacob Ranson)


Ilford Catholic managed to beat the wet weather and thrash Hockerill by 10 wickets in their Herts & Essex League clash.

The match was reduced to 35 overs and captain Liam Mulholland was surprised to be sent into the field after losing the toss.

Vince Mulholland (5-1) ripped through the visiting line-up with new-ball partner John Rogers (1-4) to leave them 11-6 after 16 overs.

Guru Srinivasen and Sudha Munusamy held on to sharp catches, before Abdul Wahab (1-7) and Munasamy (2-7) also got in on the act.

And Arul Gopalsamy (1-6) wrapped up the innings for a paltry 33, before Steve Ward (23 not out) and Mo Zaman took advantage of a break in the weather to race to victory in the sixth over.

The seconds were put in by South Loughton and lost their openers early, before Sunil Mistry (15) and Rajiv Manchanda (23) played some nice shots.

Ganesh Sai eventually top scored with 35 and Pritesh Malviya helped lift the Catholic total to 129, before an hour rain delay led to a reduction in overs.

By the time South Loughton batted it was raining steadily and persistent rain finally forced the match to be abandoned with their score on 49-2.

Catholic thirds were put into bat by their Sawbridgeworth counterparts in damp conditions and managed to reach 131-7 thanks to leading contributions from Ricki Saha (35) and Chris Scott (34).

It proved more than enough as Sawbridgeworth were skittled for just 34 inside 20 overs, as Catholic secured a 97-run win.

Sunny Kuruvilla (2-10) produced an economical six-over spell, while John Viggers (4-17) impressed in his nine overs and Deepak Singh contributed two excellent direct-hit run outs.

The fourths saw Annanth Kumar hit a fine 115, with support from Shiva Venkatesean (30) and Aravindan Chockalingham (17), as they reached 209-9 at Birchanger seconds.

Venkatesan (2-35) had early success in reply and Hardev Singh struck with his first ball on the way to a 4-27 haul, as Ayran Manchanda took three wickets in a 25-run win.

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