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Burnham CC comprehensively beaten by title-chasing Harefield

Burnham CC slipped to their second defeat of the season as they were comprehensively beaten by title-chasing Harefield on Saturday.

The nine-wicket margin of defeat saw Daniel Ogden (62) and Matthew Ogden (52) clean up for Harefield after Burnham could not post a competitive target with the bat.

Rizwan Nadeem’s side won the toss and elected to bat first as Nehman Nadeem (33) and Syed Bukhari (15) opened with a solid partnership before the latter fell with the score at 30.

Nadeem was the next to be dismissed after accelerating the total to 55, but the visitors then lost Hamza Afzaal (4) and captain Rizwan Nadeem (0) without adding to their target.

The collapse continued as overseas player Raza Ali Dar fell lbw for just five before Obaid Sarwar made noticeable strides into driving the run count forward with his 20, but he fell at 95-6 as Burnham looked to be falling away with the bat.

Karan Kumar (11) and Adnan Malik (14) offered some resistance to the consistent bowling of Lee Tyrrell (3-23) and Matthew Ogden (3-16), but by the time Burnham’s innings were done and dusted their score of 119 all out looked way short of a competitive target.

Despite that, Burnham started strongly with the ball in hand, as Afzaal caught Thomas McLeod (5) early on.

But that was to be the only joy that Burnham had, as Daniel Ogden smashed his way to half-a-century with four fours, before adding one more on his way to 62, while Matthew Ogden also made his way to the 50 mark, hitting seven fours en-route to his 52 and Harfield’s nine-wicket victory.

Burnham picked up three points as they slipped to fourth in the table, while Harefield moved into second place behind leaders Oxford.

Next up for Burnham is a home fixture against relegation-threatened Amersham on Saturday at the Memorial Ground. The game gets underway at 11:30am and will be Burnham's first game of the season in the timed format.

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