Search

Highgate hold on for a valuable point against league leaders Acton

PUBLISHED: 15:58 30 June 2014 | UPDATED: 15:58 30 June 2014

Craig Gourlay helped to ensure that Highgate avoided defeat. Pic: Max Flego

Craig Gourlay helped to ensure that Highgate avoided defeat. Pic: Max Flego

Max Flego Sports Photography

Highgate held on for a valuable point against the league leaders in Division Three of the Middlesex County Cricket League after a middle-order collapse had left them in danger of a second successive defeat.

Replying to their visitors’ total of 157 all out, Highgate were reasonably placed at 62-3, but they then lost four wickets for 15 runs before Craig Gourlay steered them to safety.

Home skipper Jake Sharland won the toss, invited Acton to bat and gained immediate success as he took the catch to dismiss Matthew Reeve (4) off opening bowler Jack Peck (2-50).

Peck struck again soon afterwards, bowling Hannadige Soysa (1), but Acton took control as James Hunt (32) and Yasir Mehmood (45) added 72 for the third wicket.

Gourlay (2-31) eventually broke the partnership when he had Mehmood caught behind and William Russell (1-10) trapped Danyal Ahmed (6) leg before to leave Acton on 94-4.

Edward Foster (3-29) claimed his first victim by bowling Tom Forsdike (15) and wickets began to fall regularly, with Hunt run out by Ben Sudell and Gourlay dismissing Acton skipper Alex Brennan (20).

Foster cleaned up the tail with the wickets of Alex Manning (0) and Alex Fell (6), while Shola Samuel-Anyia was run out for a duck as the visitors were dismissed for 157 in the 36th over.

Highgate suffered an early setback in reply as Sharland departed without scoring, lbw to Fell (2-14) and Ed Binns (9) struck two boundaries before he was caught off Samuel-Anyia (2-22).

Fell also picked up the prize wicket of Russell, bowled for just two, but Chris Arul (30) appeared to have put Highgate back on track with a solid knock of 30.

However, the home side’s fortunes took a severe downturn after Arul fell leg before to Forsdike (2-11), who then removed Ben Sudell (7) to leave Highgate wobbling on 63-5.

Acton made further inroads as Johan de Silva (1) fell to Samuel-Anyia and Holly (4) gave Brennan a return catch, but Gourlay dug in to score an unbeaten 15 from 33 deliveries.

He and Foster (4 not out) saw out the remainder of the game as Highgate closed on 90-7 from 32 overs, enough to secure a losing draw and keep them within striking distance of the top two.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

08:16

Defending champions happy despite stalemate with Surrey

08:00

The official World Para Athletics Championships and IAAF World Championships London 2017 medals have been unveiled.

Yesterday, 17:00

A brace from Jeniece Benjamin helped Ben Moore and Dean Harrington’s team to victory after extra time

Spurs star smashed seven goals in final two games, including another hat-trick in 7-1 demolition of Hull City on final day

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Read Arsene Wenger’s full post-match interview as he says Stan Kroneke’s not to blame for missing Champions Leauge qualification – and that his future will be sorted out very soon...

Premier League: Hull City 1 (Clucas 66) Tottenham Hotspur 7 (Kane 11, 13, 72, Alli 45+2, Wanyama 69, Davies 84, Alderweireld 87)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Arsenal beat Everton 3-1 at the Emirates – but the result was rendered academic with top rivals Liverpool beating Middlesbrough at Anfield to secure the final Champions League spot.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Duo set to face South Africa A next month

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now