CHRIS LONG scored a century as Enfield continued their excellent form by securing a 36-run victory at Osterley in Division Two of the Middlesex County Cricket League on Saturday.
Long’s innings of 101 underpinned Enfield’s total of 248-9 batting first, and this proved too much for a home side who were dismissed for 212 in reply.
Having been put into bat, Enfield started poorly as they slipped to 36-3, with the in-form openers Jack Plumb and Neville Talbot both failing to make a significant impact while Max Houlahan fell for a duck.
But the innings was then transformed by a fantastic partnership of 119 for the fourth wicket between Long and Les Edwards, who did the bulk of the scoring before falling for 73.
After starting fairly slowly, Long increased his tempo as time progressed and completely dominated the rest of the innings as he made it to 101 before being dismissed in the final over. Waqas Khan (5-36) shone with the ball for Osterley.
Arthur George (2-30) struck an early blow with the ball for the visitors, but they were then held up by a terrific innings from Vikram Singh – who made 94 off 83 balls, sharing in partnerships of 52 for the second wicket with Don Manuwelge (22) and 73 for the third wicket with Arslan Yaseen (25).
However, Osterley’s innings fell away badly after this as wickets began to tumble at regular intervals and they never really looked liker reaching their target as Enfield were able to ease to victory. Edwards (3-42), Dan Amedee (3-48) and Andrew Mitcheson (2-30) were the other successful bowlers for the visitors.
Enfield host Barnes on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Enfield II bounced back from a disappointing defeat the previous week by securing a seven-wicket win over Twickenham.
Tight bowling and good fielding, with three run outs, helped dismiss Twickenham for 156 in 43.2 overs and a composed batting performance followed, with 15-year-old James Cormack batting throughout their innings to finish on 68 not out, receiving excellent support from Matthew Sarkies (67).
But Enfield III were unable to make it a hat-trick of wins for the club as they lost to Harrow Town.
Despite a good bowling performance, led by Callum Anderson (5-49), a deteriorating wicket meant that they didn’t get close to Harrow Town’s 255 as they were dismissed for 87.