Ilford Catholics pick up victories in matches that survived the rain

Tom Brady of Ilford Catholic bats out against South Loughton (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Tom Brady of Ilford Catholic bats out against South Loughton (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo) - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Ilford Catholics saw a number of their fixtures washed out due to the weather conditions once again meaning the first and thirds didn’t play but the seconds mustered up a victory. 

They sealed a four-wicket victory over Stock in less than ideal conditions for cricket.  

Skipper Bala Rajagopal won the toss and put Stock in to bat where Hari Perumal Rajan (0-37) and Suhas Sawant (1-26) bowled well to control the scoring.  

Pavan Kumar ’s (1-23) initial breakthrough was capitalised on effectively by debutant Dinesh Kumar (4-43) who ran through the host’s middle order with some consistent bowling.

Chris Want and a late flourish from youngster Jack Williams (32) helped the hosts set a target of 174. 

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For Catholic, Ruhul Chowdhury (47) began with his usual flurry of boundaries, however wickets fell regularly at the other end.

Lingam Ramasamy (29) and Sivakumar Venkatesan (39*) steadied the ship while keeping up with the asking rate.  

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Returning drizzle brought some jitters for a brief while, but Siva,  with able support from Pavan (21) unleashed some cracking strokes towards the end to seal victory.

The fourths also grabbed a victory as they beat Tillingham by 25 runs.

After winning the toss, Tillingham elected to field first, and Catholic openers Dave Hobbs and Karan Shah put on a 27-run partnership.  

Hobbs (23) was joined by Islam Maraz (24) and they put on 42 before Jeevakan Kumar (17) and Ragesh Rangaswamy (23*) added another 42-run partnership before Kumar was run out.

Rangaswamy remained unbeaten as Ilford finished on 117-5 in 35 overs and Sunny Kuruvilla (2-17) struck in the first over after tea, removing Alfie Bailey for four thanks to a sharp slip catch by Phillips.  

Manish Jha (2-13) operated with consistency at the other end as Tillingham started to lose wickets. 

Venusharan Krishnakumar ended up as pick of the bowlers with 3-8 in six overs, supported by Chintan Shah (0-19) as Tillingham came up short of their target.

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