North East London Cricket League
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Baring and Sovereign edge nailbiters


Week two round-up


A thrilling second weekend in the North East London Cricket League saw first wins of the season for Baring Up, Renaissance Youths and Royal Sovereign on a day of drama and thankfully few rain showers. At London fields, Royal Sovereign edged a last-ball thriller in the tightest game of the season so far against Tower Hamlets. TH won the toss and chose to bat, with Joe Fisher's unbeaten 83 guiding them to a solid 193-3 in 36 overs. Nick Franks (2-31) was the best of the bowlers as Sovereign managed to prevent the batsmen from ever cutting loose.  Elroy Pond (40) and David James (35) laid a good platform for the Sovereign's reply but the rest of the batting line-up failed to ignite, mainly thanks to Tanvir Hasan (4-23) and Shimu Miah (2-38). But after the middle-order collapse, Luke Browne (13*) came in to marshal the tail and, with the scores tied and one ball remaining, the Sovereign batsmen scrambled through for a single to give them their first win of the season.  Meanwhile at Millfields, new team Baring Up managed to defend a low total to win their first match in the NELCL against old hands Coach and Horses. Coach won the toss and bowled in very helpful conditions, knocking over Baring for 74 with Tom Bellis top scoring with 20. Hugo Boatright (3-15) and especially Rob Perreit (4-2) were the pick of the Coach bowlers.  But Coach were unable to make the best of their performance in the field, falling for 71 after 20 overs after a strong team performance for Baring in the field, with Matt Wark picking up 3 wickets for 19 runs and the remainder shared between the rest of their attack.  At Springfield Park, Renaissance Youths (246-9) also gained their first win of the season with a 117-run hammering of Clapton & Oval, (129-7) largely thanks to 76 from Elahi Shaon.


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