HAWK GREEN v MARITIME
Hawk Green entertained Maritime on Saturday and both teams entered the game unbeaten, the Greens skipper, Josh Unsworth won the toss and elected to bat opening the innings with Josh Hampson and Paul Needham against the opening attack of Sathakaran and Hussain. The wicket was an excellent batting track fast and bouncy with something in it for a bowler willing to put his back in to it. Both batsman were beaten outside the off stick from the bowling of Hussain but gradually starting to get into their stride when Needham was adjudged LBW to Hussain for 13, skipper Unsworth joined Hampson and after a hit and miss start soon got into his stride striking the ball cleanly off both the back and front foot and after 12 overs the total was 50 - 1. At this stage Unsworth really started to cut loose and all bowlers suffered at his hands before he eventually fell c & b Sathakaran for a very classy 74, 120 - 2, Ben Littler was next to the crease but did not trouble the scorer as he was LBW to Kanthiraj for a duck. Jack Needham joined Hampson who until this time had played a supporting role became the aggressor with a series of clips through the leg side and his signature shot a back foot drives backward of point, after a shaky start Needham also started to hit the ball cleanly and the pair took the score to 160 when Hampson was c & b Sathakaran for 67 this brought Jordan Henderson to the wicket and any thoughts by the Maritime of closing the Greens innings were soon dispelled as he started to smash the ball to all parts of the ground and in partnership with Needham took the score to 223 when Needham was stumped off the bowling of Sathakaran for 24 and he was followed very shortly after by Sam Clarke caught off the bowling of Ajast for 1, 224 - 6. This brought Logan Jeffs to the crease and in typical fashion he quite literally took the Maritime bowling apart and the loss of Jordan Henderson for a quite brutal 46, 270 - 7 and immediately after Lee Hallas for 1, 272 - 8, did not stop the carnage as Dylan Heginbotham joined in the run fest, when in the final over Jeffs was caught and bowled Sathakaran for 54, 301 - 9, Heginbotham struck the last 2 balls for maximums to leave the Green on 313 - 9 and his personal score on 34 not out, the last 100 runs coming off just 45 balls. The Maritime repy was led by Gayan and Shetty against the Greens opening attack of Dylan Heginbotham and Jack Needham and it was the latter who struck first having Gayan caught behind off the very first ball of their response, next to the crease Kanthiraj Vensakar fared no better as in Heginbothams 2nd over he was caaught by Hallas for 1, 3 - 2. Opener Shetty was next to fall caught Paul Needham off Heginbogtham for 8, 12 - 3, Azam Hussain and Alagiah Suthakaran tried to inject some pace into an innings that was starting to fall apart when the latter was caught behind by Hampson off the bowling of Jeffs for 7, 23 - 4, new batsman Poorna De Silva showed some resistance until he was caught and bowled by Jordan Henderson for 6, 35 - 5, throughout this Hussain remained calm until he was eventually caught by Unsworth off the bowling of Lee Hallas for a stubborn 32, 44 - 6. Anton Jastin and Thisal Jayawardena took the score to 60 when Jastin was beaten for pace and bowled Halllas for 11, he was replaced by Kanthiraj Gavasker and he was the only batsman to look comfortable against the Greens attack and when Jawardena was dismissed LBW off the bowling of Mark Richards for a gritty 12, 104 - 8. A few lusty blows from Gavasker took the score to 118 when Richards bowled Parajasingam Sathakaran for 0 and the Maritime closed on 118 - 9 with one of their players unable to bat as he was taken to hospital with a dislocated shoulder and we wish him well. The Green are away next week to Irby wickets pitched 1 - 00pm, also on Thursday 16th they play away at Stockport Trinity in the League T20 competition wickets pitched 6 - 15pm.