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Middlesex County League Premier Division: ‘Astonishing’ innings from Ealing opener Joel Garrett hands Highgate defeat

PUBLISHED: 16:00 05 June 2018

Local children play on Highgate CC's pitch (pic: Michael Clarke/Highgate CC).

Local children play on Highgate CC's pitch (pic: Michael Clarke/Highgate CC).

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Highgate were handed a lesson by Ealing in the Middlesex County League Premier Division with Joel Garrett in ‘astonishing’ form according to Johan de Silva.

The Shepherd’s Cot club were looking to bounce back at home after a 59-run defeat at local rivals Hampstead on May 26.

But Ealing’s Garrett had other ideas and cracked a sensational 166 from only 89 balls with the majority of his runs coming from boundaries.

It allowed the visitors to post 279 and Highgate could only muster 92 in reply with the final wicket falling in the 21st over of their chase.

“Joel Garrett’s innings was truly devastating and included 19 fours and 12 sixes, so almost 90 per cent of his runs come in boundaries,” said de Silva.

“What was more astonishing was the fact he was despatching good balls for four and six, which made him hard to stop.”

Liam Knight finally ended Garrett’s superb knock and at this stage Ealing were 224-8 with Uzair Amjaid producing excellent figures of 3-24.

The away side didn’t let up too much, however, as number nine Chris Glasper teed off and scored a 31-ball 42 before Misem Zaidi dismissed him to end with 4-53.

Nevertheless, de Silva said: “When we finally removed Joel we were disappointed to let them finish on 279.

“It was a creditable effort nonetheless to restrict the 10 other Ealing batsmen to 113 runs between them.

“Spin dominated with Uzair bowling a fine spell and Misem Zaidi picking up a useful four-fer.”

After seeing Garrett score so many runs, Highgate’s batsmen couldn’t take up the same mantra and they collapsed to 36-6.

Craig Gourlay did stick around to provide some entertainment with a rapid 36 which included three sixes and four fours, but the next best score was 14 from Hasnain Ali as the hosts were all out for only 92.

Highgate’s de Silva added: “The less said about the chase, the better, as we were skittled in 20.2 overs with former Southgate bowler Ashley Sivarajah doing much of the damage with 5-36.”

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