Historic sweep for Ilford Catholic

PUBLISHED: 13:00 30 July 2015

Ilford Catholic's Steve Ward

Ilford Catholic's Steve Ward


Club celebrates four league wins on same day

Ilford Catholic celebrated a clean sweep of four league wins for the first time in 95 years on Saturday.

The first team produced a fine all-round display to beat Herts & Essex League Division One rivals Molehill Green by nine wickets.

Vince Mulholland and John Rogers bowled tight new-ball spells that yielded only 33 runs from 20 overs, before Abdul Wahab came into the attack to pick up three wickets.

Guru Raja (3-34) produced a neat spell, before Wahab (4-20) returned to take his tally for the season to 34 as Green were dismissed for 134.

Ed Tooth hit 24 from the first three overs in reply and Steve Ward punished any loose delivery to race to his fifty in just 10 overs, with three sixes and seven fours.

Tooth fell for 39 after a 96-run stand, but Ward finished unbeaten on 83 with five sixes and 12 fours to his name, as Catholic raced to a nine-wicket win in just 15 overs.

Catholic welcome Nazeing to Barkingside this weekend.

The seconds remain top of Division Three after an emphatic victory over bottom club Potter Street.

Put into bat on a damp pitch, Mo Zaman (36) and Pritesh Malviya (22) put on 44 for the first wicket, with Shyam Noolapali hitting a six and six fours in his 43 in a 69-run partnership with Zaman.

Catholic slipped to 127-4, before Wesle Benjamin (21) and captain Martin Riches got them back on track.

Arul Gopalasamy hit four fours in his 34 in a 67-run stand with Riches, who hit a six and seven fours before he was last out for 54 to leave Catholic on 248-8.

Opening bowlers Gopalasamy (2-11) and Praveen Kolluguri (4-29) bowled their 10-over spells straight through after tea, with Riches taking two catches and Malviya another.

Gowtam Rajasegaran also got in on the act, before Louis Morgan (3-7) mopped up to complete a 192-run triumph.

The thirds faced tough swing bowling conditions against Matching Green seconds, but got to 194-9 in their 45 overs.

Saleem Muktar (40) and Josh Dharmanandan (25) combined well, with Karan Shah (28 not out) and late hitting from Nishanth Parapalli (22) lifting the total.

Abhijeet Singh (2-37) took two early wickets in reply, with Mayur Bodkhe and Shah also successful, but Green remained in the hunt.

Bodkhe (4-49) kept his cool to get Catholic back on top and Shah (3-20) benefitted from a superb Ricky Saha catch as they sealed a 21-run victory.

The fourths rounded off a perfect day with an eight-wicket win over Harlow fifths.

John Viggers (2-24) and Al Wicks (2-53) nabbed braces as Harlow reached 188-6, with Oliver Marsh and Vallat (69) putting on a superb opening stand in reply.

Penu Arza hit three fours in an over to help finish the task, as Marsh finished unbeaten on 71.

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