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‘Late bloomers’ Harrow Town can maintain their winning run

PUBLISHED: 17:00 29 June 2016 | UPDATED: 10:10 01 July 2016

Harrow Town skipper Gihan Herath (Pic: Paolo Minoli)

Harrow Town skipper Gihan Herath (Pic: Paolo Minoli)

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Harrow Town skipper Gihan Herath says the recent upturn in form from the ‘late bloomers’ fills him with confidence that they can have a productive season.

After starting off the campaign with a good win over Bessborough, Town showed signs of falling into their old trap of inconsistency, as they fell to consecutive defeats against Brentham, Winchmore Hill, MTSSC and South Hampstead.

But that mini-slump has been well and truly turned over, with Town picking up two wins on the bounce heading into this weekend’s game at home to North London, and Herath is confident they can keep their unbeaten run going.

He told the Times: “After starting the season well, we were unable to continue that form over the coming weeks.

“We were perhaps unfortunate not to have a few more wins on the board, but ultimately we were not able to get the job done in the end.

“Now we have managed to put a decent run together by beating both Uxbridge and Osterley, so we head into this weekend’s game [against NL] with plenty of confidence and belief.”

Herath explained that a change in batting order instigated the revival for Town, who lie fourth in the table after eight games of the season.

He added: “The majority of our runs have been scored by Muhammad Arshad, Asim Mohamed and Charith Gunasekera.

“But the middle order had not been performing to the standard we expect them to in order to finish games off, or to bring up a respectable total on the board. “Therefore I decided to change the batting order for the last two games, and become an opening batsman my self.

“We managed to put a respectable total on the board for the first wicket in both the games and finally the magic begun to work.

“We were able to comfortably get to our targets by only losing two or three wickets in each game, a drastic improvement to previous weeks, and long may that continue.”


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