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Bloomsbury march on as Hackney record first win


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Hackney record first win of season against Camel

Hackney CC got their 2018 league campaign off to a winning start with a convincing win against Camel CC.

On a sweltering day at London Fields, Hackney CC won the toss and opted to bat first. However, the two-paced pitch and tight lines from Camel bowlers Kit Caless, Richard Hagan and Nick Chadwick, kept the batsmen from finding any rhythm before drinks After the scratchy start, the bad balls started to be put away by Hackney captain Edgar Maddicott (69) and the watchful Jack Evans (34). With the fall of the third wicket and only 11 overs to go, up stepped new recruit Richard Keep, who thrashed a quick-fire 77* in 41 balls. A remarkable first knock and one that helped Hackney post an above par total of 223 for 4.

In reply, Camel found the batting hard going and were kept in check by the swing and seam skills of Hackney bowlers, Craig Raddon, Chris Norris and Kartik Joshi. Wickets began to fall at a steady rate, but the tie was still in the balance until the prized wickets of Richard Hagan and Tom Porter were taken. Ted Datta took no prisoners with the ball, earning himself four Camel wickets in the process. Camel ending on 143 all out in the 38th over.

Bloomsbury continued their winning start with a victory against Clapton & Oval

Bloomsbury Royals won the toss on a warm day with some hazy cloud above and plenty of green on the wicket and chose to bat. Steady accumulation saw the Royals reach 40-1 after 9 overs but then some excellent stump to stump bowling from Knait saw 3 wickets fall by drinks to leave the score 111-4. M.D. Din Islam pushed the score on after drinks with a steady knock of 28 before A.R Rana hit 32 from as many balls in the face of some tight bowling from Ishmael to push the score up to 211 off 40 overs.

Clapton started the chase and reached 38 for the loss of 1 wicket by the tenth over. Then a devastating spell of bowling from MD Ariful Islam taking 3 wickets in 4 overs saw Clapton behind the game at drinks on 78-4. Sakil Mahmud came back for a 2nd spell to take 2 more wickets including the dangerous Amir who had hit 4 sixes in the previous over. The end came soon after finishing with a direct hit run out by AHM Jahirul Haque to see Clapton fall short by 41 runs reaching 170 all out in reply.

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