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Weekly Update 19 - First team secures play-off spot once again

30 Aug 2022

Harpenden Cricket Club


Weekly Update 19

Firsts secure play-off spot for second year in a row


The 1st team travelled to West Herts with a win cementing their place in the playoffs. The team were inserted in what was an incredibly challenging wicket, and the side ended up doing very well to get 161 all out on a minefield and felt pretty confident of defending their total. 

The team started well with the ball and continued to take wickets throughout the innings and when West Herts were 9 down they still needed 27 runs to win. The team took the foot off the gas for a bit and this opened the door for the opposition with them needing only 4 runs to win but up stepped the captain (Nick Lamb) to take the last wicket caught by Harry Seagrave, meaning the side won by 3 runs and confirmed their position at 3rd in the table and securing their playoff spot. 

The wickets were shared around the side with Seagrave taking 3 and Garrett and Gosling taking 2 apiece. The main difference in the game though was Scott Galloway’s 80 off 81 balls which was a terrific knock on what was an incredibly challenging wicket to bat on. 

Well done to the team for securing a playoff spot for the second year running. One more league game to go, and we trust and hope the team can carry on the momentum leading into the post season.

No report from our regular second team scribe this week. I see we lost by 5 wickets to the St Albans first team, despite skipper Ollie Tuck’s 90. I also see that St Albans lost a wicket to the rare dismissal of obstructing the field. I suspect there may be a story to tell there!

With the 3s cementing their position in division 4b for another season last week, a trip to local rivals Redbourn provided a good opportunity for some of the younger players to get experience in a higher division. 

Having lost the toss we were asked to field first opening up with 14 year old Chris Karunaratne, who bowled steadily to take an early first wicket. Despite this, Redbourn’s number 2 and 3 batted well on a flat one, both getting 50s with some bludgeoning hits across the road. Other notable mentions come for Pat Bissett who bowled extremely well at 2 set batsmen and alongside Sam Calladine (another classy left arm seamer the club have) to drag us back into it and keep them below 5 an over.

A 3s debut for Sohail Ahmed was also promising, picking up a wicket of the now set number 3 in his first over. Redbourn got themselves to a very respectable 285. We set out to bat with the experience of Dave Whiteley who looked in good touch taking a particular liking to the openers, making a quick fire 25. Same Calladine also opened and looked assured at the wicket, so we look forward to seeing more of him batting next week and next season. 

Unfortunately our innings never really got going on a pitch that was getting lower and slower we stumbled to 138-7 losing the last 3 wicket for just 1 run and comprehensive defeat. On a positive note, it’s great to see the younger talent coming through and getting a chance to showcase their skills. The 3s host St Albans 2s at The G in the final game of the season next week.

The 4s lost the toss and were invited to bowl against bottom of the table Langlebury 3s. Despite losing an early wicket, the oppo kept the score ticking over on a fast outfield and posted a competitive total of 191-7 in their 40 overs. Alex White bowled beautifully (3-36), as did Harry Robinson but with no luck, and JT took two late wickets (2-30). 

In reply, we lost Dan McKinstry early to one that kept low, but then Jim Gill and Berwyn Petrie put on  a rapid century partnership for the second wicket. Berwyn went for a hard-hitting 67 and Jim for a pugnacious 24. However, a clatter of wickets saw us in a spot of bother before Harry Robinson’s 29, Ben Fagg’s 20 and JT’s 12 not out saw us to victory by two wickets. With Redbourn 3s losing, we go into the last game of the season still with a chance of promotion.

Harpenden 5ths were at home against Preston 4s. We were sitting 4th in the league with Preston 3rd .We lost the toss again and Preston decided to bat, and got off to a good start being 76 for 0 of the first 20 overs . Good bowling spells from our youth policy - Charlie Twelftree 8 overs 1-19 , Joshua Griggs coming back to the club - 6 overs 1-19 and Ian Field - 8 overs 2-25 (youth policy????) restricting Preston to 150 for 6 .

Harpenden got off to a good start before losing a wicket in the 22nd over. We continued the fight with treasurer David Washington recording 61, a swashbuckling innings of 30 from Dave Talbot  and Simon Caunce seeing us home with 3 overs to spare.

Due to our league position being worked out on averages we are now 0.3 off third place so all we have to do is better Preston’s points next week to finish 3rd.

The 6s were at Hitchin 5s for their final league game of the season. Yet again Rich Bailey lost the toss but they elected to bat, and given the skipper was going to bowl, everyone was happy!

We bowled very well again dismissed Hitchin for 167 with their best batter finishing 73 not out. Charlie Moxham picked up 4 wickets and Arnie Krishnakumar  2. 

Krish Kalathil has been leading our batting from the front this year and he managed another century, 100 not out as we won by 7 wickets in 33 overs.

We finish 3rd in the league. An awesome season with so many new colts enjoying their  introduction to senior cricket (and all doing so well) and keeping us oldies on our toes !

Many thanks to skipper Rich Bailey for his wonderful work with the 6th team, and providing match reports every weekend, even when he’s been away. Many thanks Rich.

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