Captain’s son Gishan shows Harrow Town’s future is in safe hands

PUBLISHED: 17:27 15 July 2015 | UPDATED: 17:27 15 July 2015

Harrow Town captain Gihan Herath. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Harrow Town captain Gihan Herath. Pic: Paolo Minoli


Gishan Herath proved a chip off the old block as Harrow Town beat MTSCC to climb to third in Division Three of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

The 15-year-old son of skipper Gihan Herath showed he has inherited his dad’s cricketing genes with two stunning catches as Town shot out their hosts for 102 to seal a 65-run win.

Not to be outdone, dad held two catches as well in an excellent fielding display by the visitors, who are now a point ahead of fourth-placed Barnes ahead of the clash between the two sides this Saturday.

Dad was happy to give his teenage son the limelight.

He told the Times: “Gishan held the best two catches of the game. The first was a real skier at deep mid-wicket on what was a really sunny day, while the second got rid of their most dangerous player so was also very important.

“The fact I got two catches as well meant it was a nice moment for us as a family, but all our catches were taken – we did not miss any which was really good.”

Herath senior made several important contributions – his first when he continued his trend of winning the toss and his second when he departed with tradition and decided to bat first.

“Looking at the pitch it appeared to be quite dry and we thought it would break up as the game went on, so it made sense to bat first,” he reflected.

It turned out to be a good decision with runs proving difficult from the start. While Asim Muhammed hit a battling 59, a clatter of quick wickets followed and Herath senior had to bat through more than 20 overs for 25 to raise Town’s tally to 167 – a total the skipper considered to be par for the course.

It proved more than enough as new-ball bowler Parth Goradia took two early wickets to begin the home side’s slide to defeat.

Spin duo Roshan Jaleel and Kamlesh Desai then picked up the attack and, backed by Herath junior’s acrobatics in the field, took four and two wickets respectively to mop up the remaining resistance.

“Barnes is a big game for us now because the top two are not that far away from us,” added Herath.

“We are at home so hopefully that will be an advantage for us.”

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