Harris and Lederman sparkle in LMV success
LMV were first to bat
LMV secured their third league win of the season, and in doing so scored their highest total and their biggest winning margin since joining the Middlesex Sunday Cricket League.
WM won the toss and somewhat surprisingly asked LMV to bat first in this Division Three contest. David Freedman and the in-form Benjamin Lederman opened the innings which got off to a bad start when the in-form Lederman was bowled off an inside edge by the fifth ball of the match.
Jeremy Harris joined Freedman and runs were soon flowing. Freedman hitting well on both sides of the wicket in a stand of 74 before he was bowled for 30 in a knock containing six boundaries.
Dan Caplan came in and was soon off the mark with a couple of excellently timed boundaries. Harris was also now in full flow and LMV reached the 20-over mark at 110-2. Caplan was out in the 21st over for 19, bringing captain Jonathan Lederman to the crease, as LMV looked to increase the run rate.
Harris and Lederman applied pressure to the WM bowling as the runs flowed. Harris reached an excellent 50, as 84 runs were scored between the 21st and 30th overs. Harris eventually succumbed getting a leading edge to be caught in the covers for a fine 76. Disappointed about not going on to make three figures, Harris’ innings that featured 14 boundaries. Together with Lederman, he added 96 in only 12 overs.
Lederman was pushing hard now as Jeff Permutt joined him at the crease. Lederman reached his first 50 of the season, as he and Jeff managed to keep the scoring rate up at around seven an over. WM changed the bowling all the way through the final 10 overs to try and find a way to slow down the scoring, but by the end of the 40 overs LMV had reached 273-4 with Permutt finishing unbeaten on 17 and Lederman on 73 including 12 boundaries.
In reply, WM set off quickly as Jonathan Freedman struggled to find his line, but Adam Morris (2-25) soon picked up a couple of wickets. A couple of well chosen words to Freedman from the captain seemed to inspire him and he quickly got in on the act to end up with 3-33.
Ali Livingston replaced Morris and finished things off very quickly with a spell of 4-16, by his own admission he was not at his best.
LMV 2nd XI 273-4 beat West Middx 96 all out by 177 runs