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Weekly Update - Clean Sweep (nearly!)

01 Aug 2022

Harpenden Cricket Club

Weekly Update 15

Clean sweep (nearly!)

 Another fabulous weekend for the Club saw six wins out of seven!

Harpenden 1s hosted North Mymms CC at the home of cricket. Winning the toss the side chose to bowl backing themselves to chase whatever was set on a good wicket and fast outfield. 

Runs flowed throughout the NMCC innings but so did the wickets meaning Mymms finished their 60 overs on 269-8. Ash Sivarajah was the standout bowler with 5-79 off his 16 overs. 

In reply the team started well and at tea the side were 75-1. We continued to score at a good rate, but also lost wickets at regular intervals, meaning we needed 54 with 7 overs left and only 2 wickets to spare. With the game on the knife edge Ash Sivarajah (35 not out) and Arthur Garrett (22 not out) batted superbly to see the side home with 1 over to spare. Runs were spread across the side with Latham top scoring with 48. The support at the ground was amazing and most definitely helped us cross the winning line!

Our regular 2nd team correspondent is enjoying a well deserved team, so we don’t have a detailed report this week. What we do know is that the  2nds won a tight game by 1 wicket. Looked like they bowled well, very few extras, wickets shared around, restricted Letchworth 1sts to 156 all out

Alex Axon got the chase off to a good start but after he fell for a quick half-century, wickets tumbled. Skipper Ollie Tuck blew a hamstring and had to retire hurt, but as we collapsed to nine down, he limped back to the crease, where he and Jack Doyle saw us home, aided by Max Latter, acting as a runner in his final game.

The 3s, at home to Stevenage 2s, were asked to bat on a sluggish pitch with indifferent bounce. Sambrook (72) and Bradley (52) were the mainstays of our 255/6 with Freddie Hubbard hitting a rapid 47* off 16 balls getting us up to a more than respectable score. 

Stevenage lost regular wickets and were eventually all out for 122 - Sam Calladine with 3, Alec Nicholls and Freddie Hubbard with 2 apiece doing most of the damage with the ball. An efficient all round performance with bat, ball and in the field.

The 4s were away at OA's, needing a win to stay in the hunt for promotion. We lost the toss and were asked to have a bowl first. Bissett and Thomas opened up really well without any luck. Belal Hussain then came on and bowled a brilliant spell of 8 overs 5-10. We bowled them out for 151 which was always going to be a tricky total with the slow outfield and low pitch.

We didn't get off to the best of starts as we struggled to 10-2 off 10 overs. Matt Marven and Mick Eames did a good job to get us moving in the right direction and George thomas came in and smashed 35 to give us the impetus we needed. Despite a late wobble we chased it down in 38 overs for a good win. Matt Marven was the standout with the bat, making a very patient 60.

Harpenden 5ths were  at home to Redbourn 4ths. We lost the toss and were asked to bat. We lost an early wicket and had to dig in, Ben Fagg scored a lovely 43 assisted by Sohail Ahmed. We lost Ben then Ollie Jones before Dave Talbot came in at the 25th over to make a partnership with Sohail of 148. We finished on 297 with Dave Talbot 66 not out and Sohail getting his maiden club century, finishing 101 not out.

Redbourn started well with a good opening partnership. However one wicket bought another, thanks to a sensational run out by Ollie Jones. Our bowlers plugged away with good spells from Alex Card and Sohail Ahmed before Ian field slowed the run rate down with 4-13 and Chris Karunaratne taking 3-17 bowling Redbourn out for 205.

Harpenden 6s had there Saturday game changed to Sunday, against Welwyn  V at their main home ground.  We lost the toss and fielded first.  A superb miserly opening spell by Ben Dearman (2 for 14 in 8 overs) and Nick Townend (1 for 13 in 8 overs), gave us a good start.  We managed to take their three good batters and the opposition were 45 runs in first 16 overs with the loss of 3 wickets.  Our bowlers did extremely well to restrict Welwyn for 197 (with  one of their batters scoring a century) for the loss of 6 wickets on a belter of a wicket. 

Our chase started by losing Rhys Shaw in the second over.  Stand in Captain Krish at the other end was accumulating at his own pace.  Had a great partnership with Paul Streeton (66 n.o) and we chased down Welwyn total in 33.4 overs with Krish remaining 104 n.o.  What a win!!!

Our women’s team also played on Sunday, another there was yet another centurion to applaud. Unfortunately for us it was registered by Broxbourne’s one time England trialist, who scored the majority of our visitors total of 179. We responded with just the 90, all out off the last ball off the innings. There were notable contributions from Kelsey Toner & Amelia Cloke with bat & ball, and two debuts on a tough day for Sophie Wane & Evi Simpson.

Still, on this of all Sundays were not going to be too dismayed by this performance given the joyous scenes that followed at Wembley later in the day.

Well played the Lionesses, and with an ICC T20’s women’s tournament just announced for England and Wales in 2026, what price a Harpenden player appearing in that?!

It only remains for me to wish James Latham and Alex Gosling the best of fortune when they represent Hertfordshire against Middlesex tomorrow (Tuesday) at West Herts CC (11am start). How wonderful that two products of our Colts system, and current first team players, are in the team. All the best lads.