Hornsey teenager takes five wickets to set up fourth straight victory
- Credit: Max Flego
Teenager Jack Bruce captured his first five-wicket haul for the senior side as Division Two leaders Hornsey beat Harrow St Mary’s to maintain their 100 per cent record.
Bruce opened the bowling with another 17-year-old, Tom Waine, and finished with figures of 5-48 as Harrow St Mary’s, who won the toss, were dismissed for 205.
Hornsey’s batsmen then made short work of the chase, with Jamie Harris hitting an unbeaten 112 and skipper Paul Weekes adding 65 to guide their team to a nine-wicket victory for the second time in three games.
Hornsey batsman Chetan Patel said: “Jack and Tom are both products of our colts system and we had a third Under-17 player, Tom Lytle, keeping wicket as well.
“It’s fantastic for the club when you’ve got youngsters graduating and taking the new ball in the first team. In the next game we’re going to have five stalwarts of the club in the second team, myself included, and that shows the strength in depth we have.
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“Jamie’s in great form with that bat – he’s scored runs every time he’s played for the club so far and obviously we hope that continues.
“The guys found the gaps and ran well between the wickets – they took everything in their stride and once again a lot of people just sat with their pads on.
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“Our feet are definitely on the ground – we know it’s going to be much harder to win the timed games. Last season I think we assumed that, if we turned up, it would just happen for us.
“There’s no complacency around now. Our next opponents, Wembley, may be bottom of the league but we had tough games against them last season and we regard them as a dangerous team.”
Bruce picked up two early wickets against HSM before returning to mop up the tail, while Weekes finished with figures of 3-18 from seven overs as the home side were bowled out in the final over.
The skipper then joined Harris in a century stand as the pair scored freely against HSM’s spin-centred attack, with Jack Goldberg coming in after the dismissal of Weekes to see his side home at 208-1 with almost two overs to spare.