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News from the weekend - Weekly Update 5

22 May 2022

Harpenden Cricket Club

 Weekly Update 05

Diversity is a word, or a vision, which makes some people uncomfortable, sadly. All it means to us at Harpenden Cricket Club is that we’re a welcoming club, regardless of your background, your gender, your age, your religion or your sexuality. We all simply love cricket.

And performances over this weekend show just how diverse we are, and we love it.

So we start with our women’s team, who recorded two victories today (Sunday). We had a double-header against Hitchin, and we won both encounters:

Game 1

Harpenden: 122 - 6 off 16 overs

Hitchin: 82 for 7 off 16 overs

Kelsey Toner top scored - 27

Sammy Renwick 3 for 12

Game 2

Harpenden: 114 for 4

Hitchin: 84 for 6

Willa Stanley - 4 for 14

Lucy Davis top scored with 21

Excellent debuts for Lauren Rickard & Izzy Bates

Plaudits to Kelsey, who played for one of the Saturday teams too this weekend.

Mixed fortunes as ever on Saturday…..

Harpenden 4s won the toss and bowled against Redbourn 3s. Harry Robinson bowled really well as usual  - 8 overs 2-36. Third mention in a row for young Harry. Backed up nicely by John Taylor 8 overs 3-22. JT, as he is known to many, is your correspondent’s regular running partner, so I look forward to hearing a ball by ball review of this spell in due course. Redbourn ended up with 218 on a very good pitch. We started off well, Hughes batted brilliantly for 64, 30s from McNiel and White kept us in the game but unfortunately we came up just short with 194 all out.

It's not just the youngsters we celebrate. Harpenden 5s won toss and batted, with 

A. Lewis (30) & D Mckinstry (21) providing a strong base. But a fantastic stand between Simon Caunce (76 no) & Henry Pollard Beaton (40) propelled us to 195 from our 40 overs. Now despite the occasional caustic comment I might make about our Chairman, Mr Caunce remains an extremely good batter, so news of his success this week is in no way surprising.

We quickly had Datchworth 3s 18-3, but at drinks they had progressed well to 96-3. A splendid collapse then followed, inspired by veteran Paul Cramer, who took 4 wickets in 6 balls, finishing on 4-27. Now it would be impolite of me to speculate as to Mr Cramer’s exact age, but he is certainly experienced, and it should be noted he’s been a huge friend and supporter of the Club for many years. Well bowled PC, and thanks also to Mike Platt for producing another super pitch. Platty as he is known is another incredible contributor to the fabric of Harpenden Cricket Club who has spent hours working on the pitches and looking after our facilities. We all owe him a huge debt of gratitude frankly. He’d probably be chuffed to bits if you chose to express that through the medium of a pint.

A briefer report from the 3s. We lost the toss and were inserted v Chorleywood 3s. We started badly and got worse, bowled out for a paltry 77. Started brightly with the ball, Dyson getting two wickets in his first over, but were at least 100 short of being competitive and lost by 7 wickets. Next week lads.

The 2s lost the toss at Leverstock Green and were put into the field. We didn’t bowl badly early, beating the bat repeatedly, but a couple of chances went begging and the oppo cashed in, accelerating with wickets in hand to end up 294-6 from their 50. Will Downes was the pick of the bowlers with 4-42.

We lost a wicket first ball of our reply and, despite a lot of batsmen getting starts - and a couple of promising partnerships - no-one took control of the innings and we never seriously threatened to chase our target down. Mike Howard top scored with 47 as we ended 91 runs short, bowled out for 203.

While we’re at it, let’s get the defeats out of the way. Our first team hosted Totteridge Millhillians and elected to bowl first. With wickets being taken at regular intervals the side did well to reduce the oppo to 100 for 5 though a few late partnerships meant TMCC set the side 229 to win. Captain Nick Lamb stood out with the ball with 2 for 29 off 10.

The side started poorly being reduced to 16-3 which always makes chases challenging. The side managed to regroup adding 60 for the 4th wicket, though under pressure the side continued to lose wickets and fell 76 short (152 all out). James Latham managed to hold the chase together with well constructed 79.

And finally, to the 6s. Harpenden 6s were away at Flitwick 4s, on paper a tough fixture. We lost the toss and were asked to bowl. A top effort was then delivered all round as we bowled them out for 122! George Moxham taking 3 wickets. We chased down the total in 27 overs with an opening stand of 78. Krish Kalathil led the way with a fine 57. Top team performance.

Worth noting that so often are teams are playing teams of greater strength. So our second team is the highest ranked in the County, and plays the first teams of other clubs week in, week out. The 4s were playing a third team. The 5s beat a third team. As you’ve just read, the 6s played Flitwick 4s. This just goes to emphasise our strength and depth, something we can all be proud of.

Congratulations to all who were mentioned in dispatches this week. But congratulations too to those who turned up, didn’t do so well this week, but still played with a smile, supported their teammates, and helped out with the smooth running of the game. Next week it might just be you receiving player of the match plaudits.

All the best