Wilkin’s ton knocks Harpenden out of ECB Club Championship

Dan Blacktopp

Dan Blacktopp - Credit: Archant

Ealing’s Oliver Wilkin scored a century to knock Harpenden out of the ECB Club Championship on Sunday.

The opener blasted a 55-ball 120 to overhaul Harpenden’s 182 in double-quick time.

He accounted for seven of the game’s nine sixes – the other two coming from Ealing’s Mylo Wilkin – and amassed 15 fours in a game-winning innings that was brought to a halt when he was caught by John Card off Scott Galloway (1-54).

The dismissal came nine runs shy of victory after he and Mylo Wilkin (53*) took a fancy to Harpenden’s bowling attack in a 173-run opening stand.

Mylo cleared the rope to earn the winnings runs in style.

It was a harsh end for Harpenden, who missed out on the chance to face rivals Radlett in the next round. The top three batsmen – Gregg Cooper (38), Ed Washington (32) and Dan Blacktopp (54) – gave Harpenden an excellent platform to build on but the middle and tail orders faltered.

Washington and Cooper put 84 runs to open the innings but wickets fell in quick succession thereafter as Harpenden 84-1 to 113-6.

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Blacktopp, who is averaging close to 70 in 11 games this season, tried to hold the innings together but six of his partners failed to reach double figures as Kristian Martin (4-28) and Leigh Martin (3-32) found their stride.

Number 10 Card (21) provided some resistance in a 35-run pairing with Blacktopp but they fell in consecutive overs as Harpenden closed on 182.

Ealing took no time to suss out the bowling and quickly rose above 10 runs an over and stayed there to win the game in just over an hour.