Harefield Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI v Cove on Sat 12 May 2012 at 11.30am
Harefield Cricket Club Won By 38 Runs

Match report Harefield welcomed newly promotd Cove to the Home Counties Premier League with a clinical performance on the opening day of the season. Harefield batted first and due to a mixture of accurate bowling and favourable conditions for the seamers, found runs hard to come by. Veteran opener Richard McLeod appeared to be bogged down and when Harefield were 61-2 after 37 overs, one could be forgiven for predicting a low score. However, after the lunch interval, McLeod (48) and George Shiel (37) opened up and provided the perfect platform for the power hitters stationed lower down the order. Captain Olly Richards (35) and overseas player Mluleki Nkala (38) scored quickly batting at six and seven to boost Harefield to a competive 203-7 from their 60 overs.

Cove made a very positive start to the run chase with a powerful, if somewhat agricultural 46 from opener Manish Chaudhary. After a magnificent catch on the boundary from Simon Macey to remove Chaudhary, Nkala (6-52) was in his element, with a superb spell of medium pace seam bowling. Resistance in the middle order was provided by ex-Hampshire batsman Chris Benham, but when he was removed by Dale Morris (4-42), Harefield's victory was assured. Morris and Nkala wrapped up the innings with 5.4 overs to spare, bowling out Cove for 165. This was the perfect start for Harefield, who are looking to improve on their previous two league positions of 3rd and 4th respectively.

Harefield Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
2w 2b 4lb 
for 7 wickets

(60.0 overs)
Simon Macey ct Bashir bowled McNeil 5 19 20 25.00 2
Richard McLeod b Bashir 48 141 119 5 40.34
Matthew Lench ct Bashir bowled McNeil 18 56 63 1 28.57
George Shiel b Short 37 79 83 1 44.58 1
Mluleki Nkala Not Out  38 48 42 2 1 90.48
Akshay Reddy Run out  4 6 6 66.67
Ollie Richards st Neil Randall bowled Bashir 35 18 21 3 2 166.67
Dan Evans Run out  10 8 6 2 166.67
Russell Petley Not Out  0 1
Doug King  
Dale Morris  

Cove Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
A Short15.0173173.004.87
A McNeil17.071929.501.12
R McLean8.021200.001.50
J Zaman7.003500.005.00
N Bashir13.0158229.004.46

Cove Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
3nb 1lb 
for 10 wickets
165 (44.2 overs)
M Chaudhary ct Macey bowled Nkala 46
Nick Randall b Nkala 15
Neil Randall b Nkala 2
C Benham ct Shiel bowled Morris 52
N Bashir lbw bowled Nkala 4
J Muir ct Macey bowled Nkala 1
A Singh b Morris 8
J Zaman b Morris 3
R McLean b Morris 18
A Short b Nkala 12
A McNeil Not Out  0

Harefield Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Doug King15.027000.004.67
Mluleki Nkala14.025268.673.71
Dale Morris15.2142410.502.74

  • Umpire :
  • Scorer :
    Paul Dean