Duo turn Harrow Town's fortunes around with victory over Shepherd's Bush
PUBLISHED: 16:13 19 June 2013 | UPDATED: 16:13 19 June 2013
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A century stand between Asim Mohammed and Abid Javed catapulted Harrow Town out of the bottom two with a shock five-wicket win over league leaders Shepherd's Bush.
Struggling Town were facing a battle to save the game after they slumped to 47-4 in pursuit of Bush’s total of 215-8.
But Mohammed (82) and Javed (82 not out) went on the offensive with a match-winning partnership of 137 before Josh Thomas (19no) saw them across the line.
Town’s prospects did not look good after Bush won the toss and opted to bat, with Sam Dishon (71) and Alex Mitchell (49) amassing an opening partnership of 122.
Mohammed made the breakthrough by running out Mitchell and Town skipper Gihan Herath’s fielding then left Tom Bryan (8) stranded as the home side began their fightback.
Bush’s middle order fell apart as Kamlesh Desai (4-57) removed Dishon and Josh Thomas bowled danger man Aaron Johnson for just four, with Sam Howell (7) becoming the third run-out victim of the innings.
Amit Suman and Matt Davis both fell to Desai for ducks and it was only thanks to Dan Davis, who hit 37 before Desai had him caught behind, that Bush hauled themselves to 215-8 from 43 overs.
But batting conditions deteriorated following a downpour and Bush’s opening bowlers, Will Speer and Amit Suman, appeared to have swung the game back in their side’s favour as they ripped through the Town top order.
Victor Jadunath (8) was first to go, giving Speer (2-36) a return catch and, when Herath (2) was caught by Johnson, the home side were in trouble at 12-2.
Uzair Mohammed (14) helped to arrest the slide, but Suman (2-90) had him caught behind and then removed Buddhi Attanayake (0) as Bush began to turn the screw.
However, Mohammed and Javed turned the game on its head, keeping pace with each other as they both peppered the boundaries and carried their side to 184-4.
Mohammed was denied a century when he fell to Johnson (1-27), but Thomas came in to help steer Town over the finish line, hitting a six to win the game at the end of the 32nd over.
“I was quite happy to lose the toss as I would have batted second anyway,” admitted Herath.
“We bowled well – Josh came back into the team and he made a difference, even though he only got one wicket.
“It really poured down and some of the water leaked through to the wicket, which was the main reason the top four got out, but then it dried out so quickly that batting got easier.
“Fortunately we’ve got depth to our batting – Abid and Asim both produced a fantastic display and we had two or three good batsmen still to come.
“The batsmen we have at Harrow Town are all strokemakers and prefer to bat on hard tracks, so hopefully as the weather improves we’ll be fine.
“We’re looking forward to this weekend’s game against North Middlesex and we’re aiming to keep moving up the league. I said at the start of the season that our only intention was to go up – and I’m sticking to those guns!”