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Stoke Newington's teenage bowler destroys Renaissance with hat-trick

PUBLISHED: 15:29 18 June 2014 | UPDATED: 15:29 18 June 2014

Theo Walsh, Stoke Newington CC

Theo Walsh, Stoke Newington CC

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Teenage bowler Theo Walsh claimed a hat-trick in the North East London Cricket League as Stoke Newington dismissed Renaissance for their lowest total in two years.

The 18-year-old – who finished with figures of 6-9 – broke through in the first over after Renaissance won the toss and chose to bat in a re-run of last year’s title decider.

Zabehulah Mohammed tore in with real venom from the other end, but it was chiefly the devastating performance of Walsh that left Renaissance reeling on 22-6 after 12 overs.

Renaissance rallied, with Tuhin Ahmed and Sabbir Ahmed scoring 25 and 18 respectively, but wickets continued to fall and they were eventually all out for 90.

With Tuhin Ahmed finding line and length, Stoke Newington’s reply started scratchily and their openers were fortunate to survive after both were stranded mid-wicket, only for Renaissance to miss the stumps twice.

Rob Low fell to Tuhin, who also removed Scott Doody first ball and, when Raheem Khan followed soon afterwards, the Renaissance bowler’s figures read 3-15.

After Winston Williams was caught slashing at one, Stoke Newington seemed to be in trouble at 32-4, but Sarafat Ali and Zabehulah Mohammed saw them home.

n David Stranger-Jones recorded a superb unbeaten century as Coach & Horses beat Tower Hamlets by nine wickets to clinch their first win of the season.

Having elected to bat, Tower Hamlets battled to post a decent total of 179 on a rock-hard Springfield Park pitch after Taj Islam (2-22) had strangled the middle order with subtle variations of pace and line.

Coach and Horses made light work of the chase and raced out of the blocks with a 150-run opening partnership between Tom Dollard (56) and Stranger-Jones.

The latter produced an array of shots all around the park to finish exactly 100 not out and secure his side’s victory with more than 10 overs to spare.

n Royal Sovereign beat Baring Up by 127 runs at London Fields, mainly thanks to a sixth-wicket stand of 131 between Ankit Patel and Ken Willock.

In a match reduced to 35 overs each by early afternoon drizzle, Baring Up inserted their opponents and then unleashed a ferocious spell of accurate line and length swing bowling.

Josh Burke (1-23) and Tom Bellis (2-22), backed up by Ali Hassan (3-51), reduced the home team to 72-5 shortly after the drinks break, but the change bowlers were unable to exert the same level of control.

Willock, who hit 86 from 55 balls, began to force the field back with some well-timed stroke-making, while Patel (19) took singles and rotated the strike ably as the pair dragged Sovereign towards a respectable 216-9.

Baring Up found it tough going at the top of the order, especially after the loss of opener Mitch Greenham (21), with Mark Stephney sending down a parsimonious seven overs for just nine runs.

Freddy Alexander (3-15) and Nick Franks (3-22) were the pick of the bowlers as Sovereign turned the screw and the home side completed their victory with five overs in hand.

n Clapton & Oval decided to bat first against London Fields and quickly found themselves in trouble as they slumped to 0-2 after four overs, with Alec McCrindle taking a spectacular slip catch.

Kerry Tyrrell batted well for 46, but Clapton & Oval lost wickets regularly to finish on 119 all out.

Robin Friend and Adam Graham got London Fields’ chase off to a flying start, reaching 50 inside seven overs and the runs continued to flow as the pair completed a comprehensive win.

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