Newcomer Keep hits out to help Hackney tame Camel for first victory of campaign

Richard Keep scored 77 not out for Hackney

Richard Keep scored 77 not out for Hackney - Credit: Archant

Hackney CC got their 2018 North East London League campaign off to a winning start with success against Camel CC on a hot day at London Fields.

After winning the toss and choosing to bat, their batsmen were kept in check by tight spells from Kit Caless, Richard Hagan and Nick Chadwick.

But after a drinks break, Hackney began to put away the bad balls, with captain Edgar Maddicott (69) and the watchful Jack Evans (34) to the fore.

New recruit Richard Keep then thrashed a quickfire unbeaten 77 from just 41 balls to help Hackney post a challenging 223-4 from their 40 overs, which proved well beyond Camel.

Craig Raddon, Chris Norris and Kartik Joshi bowled good spells of seam and swing as wickets fell at regular intervals, with Tom Porter departing for a top score of 38.

Ted Datta (4-25) proved the pick of Hackney’s attack as they secured an 80-run win.

Bloomsbury Royals came out on top in their meeting with Clapton & Oval, after winning the toss and reaching 211-9.

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AR Rana scored 32 from as many balls after MD Din Islam’s steady 28, while Knait (3-29) and Ishmael Matvad (2-21) had most success with the ball.

Clapton reached 38-1 before MD Ariful Islam (3-14) took three wickets in four overs to reduce them to 78-4 at drinks, with Sakil Mahmud (3-16) returning for a second spell to claim two more wickets.

A direct hit run out by AHM Jahirul Haque saw Clapton dismissed for 170 after 35 overs.

*The Victoria Park Community League has turned attention to its cup competition, with Ex Pars making 167-4 to beat Mad Marrocas.

Government Actuaries Dept reached 166-3 against NMCC, who came up short in their run chase on 130-6, while London Fields saw their 154-3 prove beyond Pacific (105).

Half centuries from Freddie Barrass, Matt wake and Samsuddin Tipu led Old Fallopians 2nds to 184-0 against best Nationals, who reached 146-1.

And Mile Tailenders chased down Crossrail’s 155-5 with four balls to spare, as Victoria Lounge eased past newcomers Evans Music with five overs left.

Regents made 127-6 against Ex Pats, who were dismissed for 115 and Camel Lights scored 152-4 before dismissing Homerton for 57. Mashia’s 175-3 was too much for London Fields (135-6).

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