Search

Gourlay grabs six wickets as Highgate beat Kenton to go top

17:12 09 June 2014

Craig Gourlay (L) of Highgate celebrates after capturing the wicket of Deepak Singh

Craig Gourlay (L) of Highgate celebrates after capturing the wicket of Deepak Singh

Max Flego Sports Photography

Deadly Craig Gourlay demolished Kenton with a six-wicket burst at Shepherd’s Cot to lift Highgate to the top of the Middlesex County League Division Three table.

Support your community by viewing your local businesses

Please wait

You will be able to read the article in 5 seconds

Thank you for supporting your local community

You may now read the article

Gourlay finished with figures of 6-39 to dismiss the visitors for just 130 and then watched as captain Jake Sharland hit an undefeated half-century to guide Highgate home by eight wickets.

Sharland won the toss and, unsurprisingly, asked Kenton to bat in damp conditions – a decision which bore fruit right away when his opposite number Schopun Jooma was run out for just a single by Ben Sudell.

The visitors were in trouble at 29-3 when William Brookes (2-45) got rid of Sachin Patel (7) and Ashish Karia (14), although Viran Parmar and Kalpesh Keria staged a mini-recovery.

But Gourlay broke the back of Kenton’s middle order, bowling Parmar for 27 before he had Keria (12) caught by Sudell and then removed Deepak Singh (5) leg before.

When Gourlay bowled Mohammed Amir for a duck, the visitors were floundering at 70-7, although Bhavesh Tapariya (21) and Kanti Vaghtiani (13) went on the counter-attack and fired their side into three figures.

Scott Thaxton (1-18) caught Vaghtiani off his own bowling and Gourlay picked up his fifth wicket by removing Tapariya, but Charles Erdwin plundered a quick undefeated 25.

Erdwin’s innings, which was crafted at better than a run a ball, included two fours and two sixes, but Gourlay eventually rounded off proceedings in the 38th over by bowling last man Sami Haider (2).

Highgate set about their task confidently, with Sharland dominating the strike as he and Chris Arul (9) put on 33 before the latter fell to Erdwin (1-33).

There was only one further success for Kenton, with Haider (1-33) bowling Ed Binns (12), but Sharland cruised past 50 and was ably supported by William Russell.

Russell stuck an unbeaten 43 from 49 balls in an unbroken partnership of 68, with Sharland finishing on 67 not out as Highgate reached their target in the 37th over.

Highgate batsman Ed Atkins said: “Following on from last week’s nail-biter, we were determined to carry on our good start to the summer, and Saturday’s performance was clinical.

“It was a pleasure to watch Craig in action – a master craftsman and a man on top of his trade.

“Their total wasn’t going to be enough on a decent wicket and Jake and Will batted with aplomb to see us home.

“We will keep working hard in the nets and hope that our unbeaten run continues.”

Latest Sport Stories

Yesterday, 22:48
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger during the UEFA Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund.

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal must go all out for victory in their final Champions League group match despite already clinching qualification for the last 16.

Yesterday, 21:38
Arsenal's Yaya Sanogo scores his side's first goal against Borussia Dortmund

Yaya Sanogo grabbed his first competitive goal for Arsenal as they sealed their place in the Champions League knockout phase for the 12th year running with a 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund.

Yesterday, 18:05
Ryan McKinlay of Highgate Harriers. Pic: Dieter Perry

Ryan McKinlay roared to second place as a depleted Highgate Harriers side secured a top three finish in the North London Cross-Country Championships at Alexandra Park.

Yesterday, 17:07
Arsenal's Jack Wilshere.

In our weekly Arsenal fan column, Alex Bellotti says the club’s paralysis is beginning to take its toll on supporters.

Most read sport

Up to 3,000 people took to the streets of London in vigils for Mike Brown which turned into a protest march down Oxford Street.

The NHS have introduced a new pill for those who struggle to screw the lid back on that bottle of wine.

Today the doctor has received an eight-year sentence for a string of offences.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the $m.global.archantvariables.NewspaperTitle e-edition today E-edition