It was a beautiful hot sunny day at Sawbridgeworth CC when the inaugural Tees HEBL XI took on The Caribbean Cup XI on Wednesday 16th June. There was a good crowd to witness events including a strong contingent from North West London who were there to enjoy themselves!

The Caribbean XI won the toss and elected to bat first on a flat looking pitch. Their decision looked sound as opener Lawrence smashed the first three balls from Usman for 4. Usman tightened up is line and length in the next few overs but still went for 31 in his first 3 overs. Hassan Ali at the other end looked more composed and bowled quite quickly up the slight hill. He removed danger man Lawrence in his second over and a little more control was gained.

At 79 for 1 in just 12 overs the Caribbean XI looked to be amassing a huge total but the introduction of spin turned the innings. The batsman had no answer to the spin of the HEBL XI. Initially Paul Quinn and then in tandem with Simon Hartnell, HEBL quickly took control and The Caribbean XI collapsed to 102 all out in just 21.1 overs. Paul Quinn finished with 3 wickets for 25 in his 8 overs and Simon Hartnell finished with a superb 6 for 15 in his 5.1 overs. Who would have guessed that from 79 for 1?!

With a small total to chase there was a certain amount of confidence in the HEBL camp, but rumours were circulating about the Caribbean pace attack. Those rumours were quickly confirmed as the pace proved too much for the majority of the HEBL batsmen. It’s not very often our players face such barrage of fast bowling from both ends! Only Olly Hartnell of the top order batted any length of time. His battling 15 in 20 overs came to unfortunate end when he was run out by some superb fielding in the deep. The excellent Caribbean keeper took two catches and there was a stunning caught & bowled as well. Simon Hartnell (14) and Hassan Ali (11) gave the HEBL XI some late hope but it was all too late as the brilliant Caribbean attack dismissed the HEBL XI for 72 in 35.1 overs. Burton (2 for 6 from 9 overs), Abraham (1 for 23 from 7 overs), George (4 for 24 in 8.1 overs), Etienne (1 for 5 in 8 overs) and Sinclair were simply a class above!

The Caribbean deservedly progress to Round 3 of the CCC Sovereign Cup. Well played!

HEBL Rep XI 2021

HEBL Rep XI 2021

Back l/r: Olly Hartnell (Matching Green), Usman (Potter Street & Church Langley), Hassan Ali (Matching Green), Graeme Bowerman (Matching Green), Paul Quinn (Nazeing Common), Ollie Patmore (Stansted Hall & Elsenham).
Front l/r: Harry Capewell (Matching Green), Riz Akram – capt (Matching Green), Steve Ward (Matching Green), Simon Hartnell (Matching Green), Sam Robinson (Bishops’ Stortford/Stansted Hall & Elsenham).