Ilford Catholic title dream shattered by defeat

PUBLISHED: 10:57 04 September 2014

John Rogers bowled a good new-ball spell against Birchanger

John Rogers bowled a good new-ball spell against Birchanger


Final day loss spells end of the chase

Ilford Catholic saw their hopes of lifting the Herts & Essex League Division One title dashed by defeat on the final day of the season.

John Rogers bowled a good new-ball spell against Birchanger, with Ravi Ramanuja (3-38) helping to reduce them to 89-7 after 30 overs.

But Birchanger’s tail wagged and a late 71-run stand lifted their total fo 164-8 after 45 overs.

Catholic lost Steve Ward cheaply in reply, with Liam Mulholland then falling soon after.

Abbas Saleem departed without troubling the scorers and Ryan Naylor followed, caught at mid-off.

Ed Tooth (34) was caught behind with the score on 77, with Sule Saleem’s exit leaving Catholic 87-6.

Abdul Wahab and Ramanuja were both run out, while Vince Mulholland and Anujan Thiru also fell before Rogers was last out in a 56-run defeat.

The seconds ended their promotion-winning season with Division Four defeat against Thaxted.

Catholic slipped to 23-4 and 32-5, before Arul Gopalasamy (72) and Martin Riches put on 62.

Gopalasamy lacked further support as Catholic were dismissed for 143, with Thaxted’s openers hitting out in reply.

Gowtam Rajasegaran and Mayuran Thiru bowled well, but could not prevent a heavy loss.

The thirds ended their season on a high with a 107-run win over Rickling Ramblers seconds in Division Six.

Ricki Saha and Sunil Pulapaka (44) made a solid, if unspectacular, start with the bat, putting on 29 in the first 10 overs.

Debutant Nishanth Paurpalli and Louis Morgan came together to good effect, going on to score their maiden half-centuries for the club.

Parapaulli provided a perfect foil to Morgan, as he smashed the ball to all parts in a superb unbeaten 65.

Adrian Swain (21 not out) chipped in with late runs to lift Catholic to 232-4, but Rickling’s openers made a bright start and were scoring above the required run rate.

Vice-captain Dave Revell (3-20) turned things around, before Rajiv Manchanda (4-16) produced a superb spell, as Paurpalli took his first catch behind the stumps.

Aryan Manachanda also struck thanks to another Paurpalli catch as Rickling were shot out for 125.

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