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Weekly Update 11 - Latham starts as first team returns to winning ways

03 Jul 2022

Harpenden Cricket Club


Weekly Update 11

Please can we have our Cups back?

Before the reports begin I need to issue two pleas.

  1. The trophies won by the boys under 13 and under 11 teams last year, and presented in September, need to be returned to the Club immediately. These are the official trophies showing the past winners – in other words, they are not ours. We presume they are mistakenly sitting on someone’s mantelpiece. If you might have one of these trophies please check straight away and let me know. This is rather important and potentially embarrassing for the Club.


  2. Could all those playing for senior teams update their availability for next weekend and beyond within the next 24 hours please? Many thanks.

On to the weekend’s activity, and pride of place belongs to James Latham, who is the good soul who contributes our first team reports every weekend. Here’s what he wrote:

The side lost the toss and were put into bat by Bishops Stortford. We started well putting 78 on for the first wicket this set the tone for the team to put on a big score. The side then lost a few wickets and with the score at 126-4 the game was evenly poised. A 5th wicket partnership set the base for the team to get 273-7 with James Latham scoring 159. 

With the ball the team started superbly with fast bowling and proper slip catching leaving Stortford 26-3. The side continued to take wickets regular and with the oppo at 161-7 the team were in the driving seat. Arthur Garrett then came on and took 2 wickets in the last 2 balls to finish the game off. Wickets were spread around with Ash taking 3, Alex Gosling 2, and Garrett 2. Great team performance with the side winning by 59 runs and taking us to 5th in the table at the halfway point (1 off the playoffs).

So as you can see, James is not only a wonderful batter and excellent clubman, but rather modest! But what a performance by our correspondent, who has been playing for the Club since he was a little lad. His class has never been in doubt, and he makes run-scoring look easy. Congratulations Jimmy!

Sadly it was a forgettable day for the 2nds on the Common against Redbourn. Faced with making seven changes from last week, we fought hard to piece together a performance, but could never sustain it for longer periods. Redbourn chose to bat first and amassed 327-6 from their 50 overs. Our reply never got going, but we didn’t do ourselves justice with the bat, falling to 127 all out and a 200-run defeat. Jack Killen supplied the rotten cherry to our mouldy cake by dislocating a shoulder and fracturing a finger. Bad day. Best wishes to JK for a speedy recovery.

Harpenden 3s were away at St Albans 2s. We won the toss and decided to bowl with Adam Dyson and Mo Umar opening up well. Mo 10 overs 1-28. Unfortunately against a very strong side we didn't manage to contain the run rate after drinks and St Albans posted 300-4. In reply we didn't make the best of starts struggling at 40-4. Jo McNiel made 70 and Matt Taylor made 45 and we managed to get to 210. 12 points for the loss.

The 5s were at home to Ickleford 3s on the lower pitch in the park. We won the toss and asked them to bat, they were 6 for 3 after 3 quick wickets for Ravi Chittimalla. Sadly no more wickets were taken and they racked up a 200+ stand to get to 220 for 3 off 40 overs. They just hit it well! Our run chase was solid and a great partnership between Simon Caunce and Ravi had us heading to the run rate needed with rain around. But after they went we lost a few quick wickets and fell behind until the rain came big time and we lost on run rate. Good effort team we go again soon ….

Harpenden Women’s team were in action on Sunday against Luton. Captain Hannah Booth did a great job of leading a young side. Luton won the toss and chose to bat first. Harpenden got off to a great start with Willa Stanley taking a wicket on the opening ball. Luton moved on to 72 off the first 14 overs with the loss of another 3 wickets. Final 5 wickets fell with the total only moving on 5 runs. Luton finished 77-9 after 20 overs. 2 wickets a piece for Willa, Millie Hitchen and Abi Wright. Harpenden responded and reached their target in only 11 overs. Hannah Booth 35 not out and Willa Stanley 22 not out. A comfortable win for the women, particularly pleasing as 10 out of the 11 players were U15s.


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