Coach & Horses gathering pace in North East London League

Coach & Horses continued their recent revival in the North East London Cricket League with a fine win over Broadway Market at Springfield Park.

After being put in to bat by Broadway, a prudent opening partnership between David Stranger-Jones (31) and James Moore (39) set the tone for the Coach innings, while Ted Datta (33) and Tom Dollard (21) kept the scoreboard ticking over.

A good spell of containing bowling from Mo Sohail (1-17) dried up the boundaries before some lung-bursting running lower down the Coach order pushed the total to 213-7.

Broadway began with promise, but their opening pair were snuffed out by a combination of rash shots and accurate bowling.

Seamers Rob Perrett (2-22) and Joe Taylor (4-25) provided impetus with the ball, and Coach turned the screw on the middle order with the help of a feisty spell of spin bowling from Taj Islam, bowling the visitors out for 96 with 10 overs to spare.

Centurion returned to the top of the table with a comfortable win over Tower Hamlets. Centurion limited Tower Hamlets to 184-9, thanks to a tight opening six-over spell from Sridhor Gogguri (1-13) followed by wickets for Saif Khaled (2), Shamrat Khan (3) and Robiul Islam (2).

A second consecutive half-century from Shipon Iqbal (65), supported by the quick-fire Saif Khaled (54 from 30 balls), saw Centurion home with six wickets and 10 overs in hand.

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Tanvir Rahman was unlucky to be on the losing side, contributing 44 with the bat and 3-42 with the ball for Tower Hamlets.

The Camel lost to a London Fields side who were bouncing back from last week’s defeat. Fields won the toss and tight bowling from Will Isaac (3-19) and Arthur Smart (3-24) restricted The Camel to 180-9.

After a good platform laid by Chris Rice (52), Kapila Perera (62) and Adam Graham (44) saw Fields to a seven-wicket win with three overs to spare.

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