Sunday, August 28th @ Balls Park – Hertford won by 90 runs
Hertford 229 for 5 dec N Marques 75
North Mymms 139 all out I Codd 5 – 42
Hertford had a comfortable win over a depleted North Mymms side on Sunday. The brothers Mead, James and Nathan, opened the Hertford innings and matched each other run for run in an opening stand of 75. Nathan was first to go and James followed shortly after the 100 came up. The third wicket added 105, but the stand involved three batsmen. Nick Marques and Mark Alder added 43, but then Alder retired with a strained hamstring. Roger Kent joined Marques for the rest of the stand, hitting a belligerent 37.Meanwhile Marques had reached his fifty in 55 minutes and when Hertford declared on 229 for 5 he was 75 not out.
The North Mymms openers put on a steady 39 before Alfie Lawrance took a good return catch in his last over. Then Ian Codd took three wickets in successive overs and the Mymms innings was in disarray at 62 for 4. Codd took two more wickets before Jack Morton finished off the inning with two wickets in successive balls, the first of which was via a stunning James Mead catch at mid-off.
After Saturdays’ complete washout cricket returned to Balls Park on Sunday as the 2ndXI hosted Wheathampstead’s Sunday1stXI. Winning the toss the visitors opted to take advantage of the potentially bowler friendly conditions and invited Hertford to bat and a good start was made by Cris Martin and Paul Williams with some positive shots taking advantage of the hardness of the new ball. The loss of Martin, run out for 18 lead to a collapse and at 41-5 a competitive total against a decent Sunday attack was looking unlikely. Wheathampstead then rested their 1stXI league bowlers after impressive spells by Giffiths and Robbins and the replacements were less effective and Eric Riddle (32) and Marcus Chalkley (32) steadily accumulated a partnership of 76 for the sixth wicket. When both fell it was left to a tenth wicket partnership of 33 between Simon Lait (24*) and Nick Bancroft to set a target of 183.
With a strong batting team Wheathampstead started positively – mindful of the rain threat, the early loss Pete Griffiths not affecting the run rate. Dabare was particularly aggressive but the introduction of John Chastell (3-38) threatened to disrupt the run chase with three quick wickets. However pressure could not be maintained at both ends and with one or two difficult chances missed and an increasingly wet ball the visitors took control of the chase. Adam Robbins top scored with a stylish innings of 86 not out and his partnership with Ben Griffiths (25) was enough to record a five wicket victory.
After last weeks frustrations the 2ndXI made up important ground on Division 4 leaders Baldock after a 46 run victory over Ampthill Town 2ndXI at Balls Park. After losing the toss Hertford started very positively on a wet wicket, Jeff Hurrell and Jamie Riddle were watchful in seam friendly conditions, but dispatching the bad balls in an opening partnership of 58. However as the new ball lost its hardness scoring became difficult and the loss of Riddle and then Hurrell left the hosts struggling to post a competitive total. With Potter and Wythe removing Hertford’s middle order it was left to an aggressive innings of 39 not out by Adam Carlson to regain some respectability as wickets regularly fell to a mixture of good bowling and poor shot selection, Hertford closed on 152 well below what would be considered a par score. In reply Ampthill’s innings started in a very similar way to home side but a key run out of Passman by Peter Bell gave Hertford an opening and long spells by Rob Fairhurst and John Chastell gained excellent control as the run rate was checked. Fairhurst (3-32) and Chastell (4-32) then began to take wickets as the visitors lost seven wickets for 33 runs, a brief flurry of runs from Degnan and Russon was brilliantly ended by another run out and Ampthill were finally all out for 106 from 39.4 overs to give the home side 30 points, reward for a very good fielding and bowling performance.
On a warm sunny afternoon at Balls Park 1st place Hertford played an Old Owens side that from their league positon of 3rd must have been much improved form the team we hosted last season. Captain Benford won the toss and had little hesitation in opting to bat. The question on the Hertford Batsmans lips was how good actually was the Old Owens new ball attack, much had been made of them in other teams reports and there would be no doubt that their Trinidadian overseas bowler St. Clair would be a handful. Lane took the first over against the experience of Riddle and bowled a lively opening over. Second over was down to St. Clair who immediately struck drawing Benford to chase a wide one and had him caught behind 0 for 1. In at 3 was the in form Bell, first ball he got a beauty from St. Clair and did well to get bat on it for it to go through to the keeper 0 for 2 and it appeared a good toss to loose. At 4 was Jeff (The Hoff) Hurrell this was a rebuilding stage for Hertford with runs very difficult to come by and the Old Owens pacey attack with their tails very much up. Just as Riddle and Hurrell had weathered the storm and were looking to accelerate the scoreboard Hurrell managed to chip a leg stump half volley to backward square leg 34 for 3. The inform Cook came to the crease and started off where he had left off from the week before he quickly raced to 31 before the opposition Umpire had clearly seen enough and he got adjuged LBW, 76 for 4. Riddle was still at the crease but was playing cautiously and at the 27 over drinks break only had 36 to his name. After drinks Riddle started to accelerate against the lesser change bowlers of Old Owens. However he lost Anderson to wide long hop which he hit staright at cover 119 for 5. Linney joined Riddle and the two of them started to take apart the Old Owens attack. Even the reintroduction of the opening bowlers Lane and St.Clair couldn’t stop the flow of runs and it appeared that the Fielding team were beginning to wilt. Read more…
Hertford travelled to St Albans with 5 changes to the side that drew with Sawbo last week. Steve Roberts, Alec Short, Oliver Ray, Rob Fairhurst and Chris Cook all came in for their first game of the season in the 2s. With the wet weather that had been around during most of the morning, and an uncovered pitch at Clarence Park, Benford was somewhat surprised when his opposite number had little hesitation in opting to bat first on winning the toss.
The ball moved around a lot for Steve Roberts who at times was unplayable, and although Chaudry scored freely to begin with, he was well caught by Jamie Riddle at point when on 21, but this was to be the only success for Hertford in the early stages as St Albans batted steadily without taking too many risks. Drinks came with the score on 90 for 1, but it was the bowlers who appeared revitalised as first Andy Brazill had the number 3 caught at square leg by the diving Ben Currie, then had the other opener caught behind by Short and Hertford could sense the momentum shifting. St Albans found themselves 120 for 7 and staring down the barrel, as another 2 quick wickets fell, one each to Brazill and Currie. Hertford were working hard to try and finish the innings off, but number 10 Stamp had other ideas as he played some powerful shots down the ground to the spinners and managed to get his side to 165 before the number 11 offered a return catch to Andy Brazill which gave him impressive figures of 5 for 42.
The Sunday seconds had a comfortable win over Roydon thanks to Hertford’s Will Gilbert striking 100*. He brought up his century with a six, a shot which also won the game by eight wickets. Will was kept company by Ashan Abeywickrema who scored 37 in a second wicket partnership of 87.
Roydon got off to a shaky start as Marcus Chalkley took the first four wickets. Hakimi and Frederick gave the innings some impetus before spinners John Chastell and Michael Bailey wrapped it up with three each. 170 was not a challenging target on Hertford’s fast outfield and true wicket.
The 2s kicked off their league campaign at home to Sawbridgeworth on a sunny April day at Balls Park. Steve Benford won the toss and chose to bat first on a typically flat looking Hertford wicket, and went out to open the batting with Graeme Riddle. Both batsmen found the going tough early on against the new ball, and runs were quite hard to come by in the first 10 overs. Mickey Burrell, back playing for Sawbo, was bowling a good line to Benford, who started slowly as he got used to the pace of the wicket. As the shine went from the ball, batting became easier and Hertford raced to 50 without loss, then extended to 100 as Riddle passed 50 with a big six over square leg off Dave Burrell. Benford too reached 50, also with a 6 off Billings.
Riddle was threatening to cut loose as he moved his score onto 69 before he was adjudged lbw to Dave Burrell to end the first wicket partnership on 129. Jamie Riddle, in his new position in the order at number 3, came in and immediately timed the ball well, hitting a 4 and a 6. Meanwhile Benford had moved his score into the 90s after some aggressive hitting off Dave Burrell and a couple of 6′s off Billings. He rotated the strike with singles to move onto 99 and then dropped the ball into the leg side to complete his first league hundred for the 2s. Jamie Riddle was then dismissed for a well made 34 which brought Will Ray to the wicket, who after watching the ball carefully for the first 3 balls, despatched the next over mid wicket for 6. Ray and Benford put on 57 for the 3rd wicket before Benford was finally dismissed for a fine 142 after holing out at long on.
The skipper declared the innings after 48 overs with the score on 292 for 4, leaving 52 overs to try and bowl out the opposition. Read more…