Harpenden Cricket Club
During the Winter, at the Club's AGM, it was suggested that there might be some interest in a regular summary of results during the season, so I'm going to give it a go. The focus will be primarily on our Men's And Women's senior teams, but I hope to include notable performances from within the ranks of our juniors too.
Pre-season fixtures continued for our first and second teams on Saturday, with both playing Tring Park.
The firsts finished off their preparations in style with a 5 wicket win with 11.2 overs to spare. Victory was mainly thanks to a brutish 98 (off 66 balls) from Scott Galloway, and a well constructed 55 not out from Bill Meacock to see the side home. In the field the team did well to restrict the opposition to 220/7 from their 50 on a small ground with a fast outfield. All bowlers shared the spoils with J Doyle and A Garrett the standouts with 1 for 25 and 1 for 27 respectively off their ten overs.
The seconds also secured a win in their final pre-season fixture at the Common. Winning the toss against Tring Park II, Harpenden batted first and an ensemble effort - the top eight all reaching double-figures - saw us compile 265-8 from our 45 overs. Tuck top-scored with 58, with Platts (44), Bradley (39) and Newton (35) also weighing in. In reply, Tring reached 185-3 before we put the squeeze on, taking regular wickets to hustle them out for 235, giving us a 30-run win. Smith was the leading wicket-taker with three, and Downes, Card and Laws-Mather each picked up a couple.
And away from the cricket it was wonderful to see so many people on the Common for our Welcome Drinks event on Friday night. We reckon we saw close to 200 people. And it would be remiss of me to finish without congratulating Richard Bailey for taking the honours at our Golf Day earlier in the day on Friday, played at Harpenden Golf Course. Your correspondent was erratic, but finished above the relegation zone. Our esteemed chair, Simon Caunce, wore a long face at the conclusion, assuring anyone who asked that he'd played brilliantly the day before. Golf can be a cruel game.
I will do my best to send an update every weekend. It's T20 time on the Common next Saturday, which promises much entertainment, then the league season gets underway the following weekend.
Best wishes to all
(Comms Bod - as was pointed out to me on Friday night 'Director' is a somewhat grandiose title, and definitely above my pay grade…..)