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Hertford CC 1st XI 2015

 Back row: James Leather, Scott Ruskin, Adam Carlson, Neil Salter, Jon Ryan, Chris Cook, Richard Leather.

Front row: Ben Cowell, Will Ray, Steve Gale (capt.), Will van der Maat, Dan Ter Braak.

3rds struggling

July 29, 2016 Comments off

Saturday 2nd July: St Albans 211-7 (53), Hertford III 185-8 (46)

With chances of rain throughout the day, St Albans won the toss and decided to bat. After a fast start a couple of quick wickets from Marnoch (1-36) and Carter slowed the rate. Some dropped chances allowed St Albans to build (Captains should lead by example), however timely wickets from Pizzey (2-47) and two handy run outsbrought the innings back in the balance. Richard O’Toole came in at 7 and with some good late order hitting managed to propel the score upwards of 200 with a well compiled 47 not out. At tea although we felt the score was gettable it may have been 20-30 over par.

Hertford set about the chase with caution, losing Jeff Hurrell (6) and Marnoch (3) in quick succession. Hugh and Frosty rebuilt the innings with some watchful batting combined with crisp strokeplay from Frost in particular. Unfortunately after a brief rain delay which cost Hertford an over, Hugh had to retire due to an injury. Ben Davis followed him back to the pavilion shortly after as did Frost after looking good for his 34. At 63-4 things weren’t looking good, however a partnership between Coddy and Shri got the innings going again, before Kumar walked past a straight ball from Telkman and was stumped. That brought Carter to the crease and the two put on a further 68, before Codd (46) was bowled. After Carter departed for 33 it was decided to hold on for the draw.

A good game that could have gone either way ended in a draw, next week Hertford take on Langleybury II away.

Saturday 9th July: Hertford III 200-9 (53), Langleybury II 203-2 (37.2)

On a relatively hard and flat wicket Cooper elected to bat, after the early loss of Nick Horton it was down to Hugh and Marnoch to build the innings. A mixture of good running and some big hitting from Hugh in particular took Hertford to the firsts drinks break. Marnoch (25) was unfortunately run out. From then on the next five Hertford batsmen all got in and past 20 but couldn’t go on and make that big contribution required, with the top score being 33. Ending on 200 we felt that may have been 20 short of what was required and it proved to be the case.

The Langleybury openers came out positively, punishing anything full and wide and raced to 50 for no loss after 5 overs. Cooper rang the changes, trying to slow the rate and grab us a wicket. Pizzey and Ollie Clarke managed to wrestle back some control and took a wicket a piece Pizzey finishing on (1-26) from his 9 overs and Clarke (1-25) from 7.2 overs having some respectability to their figures. Cooper continued to rotate but chances wouldn’t fall to hand and the fast start from the openers meant that the middle order could afford to consolidate.

A disappointing result, where perhaps Hertford were 20-40 short and needed to start well, next week we host Amptill Town who we beat in the return fixture and will be looking to do the double over them.

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2nds ‘lower’ order bring them home

July 28, 2016 Comments off

Hatfield Hyde visited Ball’s Park to face an in-form Hertford 2ndXI this weekend whilst Hertford were out to avenge the early season ‘no-result’ against the same opposition. HH won the toss and rudely decided to have a bat:

As-per-normal, Dawson and Thompson opened up and Dawson quickly demonstrated what a new ball can do. HH-skipper Russell had his off-stump removed and placed about 2 yards behind the bowling crease, a couple of overs later and Griffith was given an identical treatment.

Of course anyone in Hatfield can tell you, that when one HH wicket falls; Aamir Malik walks in. Malik (complete with aviator glasses) didn’t hesitate in showing-off some of his trade mark slogs, first off the impressive Dawson, then off Thompson. Dawson didn’t like Malik taking advantage of his young-new-ball partner and sent down an out-swinger that took the edge, it flew to Ray at 2nd slip who after a juggle, claimed the catch. Boom-Boom Malik just stood there, maybe waiting for appropriate recognition for his abilities, or maybe because he thought golden-boy Will Ray had dropped it. The umpires sent him packing, the whole county knows a Ray don’t lie.

When Thompson had Dunklin well caught by Riddle, HH were struggling on 43-4. Sadly for Hertford the next 2 wickets cost nearly 120 runs. This was brought about by a mixture of bowling and an improvement in the batting. At 172-6, Whitton (77) departed and Hertford had a chance to get stuck into two new batsman. Ray had settled into a great spell and together with Carlson, and a return from Dawson, they finished-off the rest of the HH batting order.

Stand-out figures from Dawson (10-0-39-4) and Ray (11.4-0-37-4) and some great catching in the slips meant that HH innings closed in the 52nd over with 201 on the board.

Hertford sent out two gym-loving opening batsman to try to build a platform for what could be a potentially tricky chase. Ray and Riddle showed HH exactly what a pair of in-form-mesomorphs can do and added 58 for the first wicket. Of course none other than Boom-Boom-Malik was on-hand to break the partnership with his legendary quicker ball.

Ryan Stevenson, after being encouraged by Dave Williams to pursue his football career, made his way to the crease for the last time this season. Stevenson (20) and Ray (45) made good progress but when both came unstuck and Carlson (9) followed quickly, Hertford were in a spot of bother at 122-4. Skipper Linney and Pavey came together to add a reassuring partnership of 50 when the pressure was on. Linney (47) was the aggressor and managed to tame a difficult run-rate, however both fell within the space of a few balls and Golder completed an excellent day by chipping his best mate to mid-on.

174-7 didn’t look great, however Hertford were confident, Rahul Sharma and Cliff Cavener made-up what has to be the most capable 8 and 9 in the league and even when needing more than 6-an-over finished the game in classy style; Cavener 14 not out and Sharma 10 not out. Well batted!

Hertford 2’s now make-up part of the chasing-pack in Div.3A, another win and Hertford will be hot on the tails of the leading 3 teams. A special mention to Brad Dawson who continues to bowl brilliantly with the new ball, and as-ever he was backed-up by some excellent fielding which set the platform for the batsman to finish the job again.

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4ths win in close finish against Reed

July 28, 2016 Comments off

Hertford 4 v Reed 3 23/07/2016 – report from David Benham

Hot weather, a flat track and fast outfield all pointed to favourable batting conditions. Neither captain looked forward to fielding first in the heat and on winning the toss, skipper Dave Benham duly elected to bat. Openers Steve Page and Bharath Mohanmurthy got the innings off to a quick start with any bad deliveries dispatched to the boundary. Bharath (22) was the first wicket to fall caught behind off Graves. Sal Mohamed then combined with Steve to advance the score to 125 when Steve was also caught behind off Roberts for an excellent 67. Dave Spring and Sal added another 55 when Sal was another caught behind victim off Roberts. Dave was out bowled for 34 shortly after but Hertford were now building a formidable score. Eric Riddle looked in great form scoring 72 before being bowled by Hughes. Ollie Clarke (12) and Jack Timms (19) made useful contributions to reach 293 and declaration after 49 overs. Ian Roberts figures of 8 overs 3 for 18 were remarkable given the conditions.

Reed, to their credit, were undaunted by the task ahead of them and set about the run chase. Fynn was the first to fall, bowled Timms with the total on 34. Hughes was next, caught Orchard bowled Timms with the total at 44. Barker was caught Riddle bowled Orchard and at 70/3 Hertford were well on top but Robert Willoughby kept Reed in the game until eventually being bowled Pizzey for 66. Further wickets to Orchard and Pizzey had Reed 98/7 and only the most pessimistic of observers would not have expected Hertford to seal the victory in short time. Captain Mike Robertson and Josh Conley, however, had other ideas and hit the Hertord spinners to all corners of the ground. Reed’s exceptional batting had positioned themselves to eclipse the Hertford total and change in tactics was desperately needed. The pace of Sal Mohamed was the answer, who bowled Conley for 53 and then no 11 Roberts for 4 to win the game for Hertford with Reed on 284 and 2 overs remaining. Captain Robertson finished on a magnificent 94 not out. A fantastic display of power hitting rarely seen in this division.

Score card

Next game is at home to Berkhamsted.

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Cricket Week Day2 : Weekenders

July 27, 2016 Comments off

July 25th: Hertford 281 for 4 (54 overs) Weekenders 169 for 9 (59)

Report by Nick Horton

Hertford again welcomed the weekenders to cricket week and again a very relaxed and entertaining day was enjoyed by all.

Captain Nigel Hilary “won the toss” and “elected” to bat on the usual good Hertford batting strip. With a true wicket and lighting fast outfield the openers, Michael Ives and Nick Horton, enjoyed using the pace on the ball to score 60 in the opening 12 overs. The overhead conditions then reflected a short period of becalm on the field as neither batsmen could get used to a change of bowling from pace to guile and trickery. Both were out with 70 on the board which brought Tom Orchard and Angus Kildare to the wicket. After a careful opening salvo both batsmen started to punish anything fractionally off line or length. An attempt to quell the burgeoning run rate with the returning quicks had the opposite effect as Angus and Tom accelerated their innings. Angus was eventually out for his highest score for Hertford of 72. This left Tom to complete his maiden century and finished unbeaten on 106. He overcame the nervous nineties and walked off to much deserved applause from all round the ground as Nigel declared the innings on 281.

The Weekenders innings started as a reflection of the Hertford’s innings with the Weekender’s using the pace of Dave Benham to deflect boundaries with relative ease. The youngsters, Dan Orchard and Flynn Ruskin, however defied the conditions by both bowling tights spells and incredibly going for less then 2.5 runs per over. Nigel then turned to Connor Ives and Tom Orchard for the break-through, which duly came when their opening batsmen was out bowled Ives, caught Ives. Later in the game the family hat-trick was denied when son Michael dropped an edge off father Steve (the favoritism inquiry is ongoing). Following Tom clean bowling their no.3 with a quicker arm ball, in a stroke of genius, Nigel decided to take any resemblance of pace out of the game and brought himself and Simon Dawson into the attack. The accuracy and lack of pace completely befuddled the Weekenders’s batsmen who confessed at post match drinks to having too much time and still no real plan of counteraction. Backed up by some sharp fielding (Dan’s catch remains fresh in the memory) Nigel and Simon took 5 wickets between them. This lead to a tense finish with Hertford crowded round the bat and Angus going to the back of the locker and finding some leg-spin. Despite many ooohhhs and aaaghs accompanying the ball passing the outside edge The Weekenders held on for a very entertaining draw.

Many thanks all those who contributed to the fixture, especially to Lorrie in the score-box all day and finally to The Weekenders for bringing great spirit to a very convivial day, both on and off the field.

Centurion Tom Orchard

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1st convincing win against Millhillians

July 27, 2016 Comments off

Steve Gale’s report :

After winning the toss on a beautiful sun drenched Totteridge Millhillians ground we elected to bat first. With a very dry wicket, chasing 400 against former test spinners Emburey and Panesar was not an appealing proposition.

I, Ali Jenkin and Richard Leather all fell early to Totteridge’s Australian seamer. Gus Joyce found an ally in Stu Barker and they started to rebuild the innings, playing positively. Barker went stumped to Embrury for an entertaining 27. James Leather and Ben Cowell both produced cameo’s of 14, and with Joyce batting beautifully at the other end we were gradually closing on a decent score, on a slow low wicket. Scot Ruskin added a valuable 21 and when Gus Joyce fell for 85 and Robbie Joseph for 9, a fantastic last wicket partnership of 20 between John Ryan and Olly Folland got us up to a competitive 220 all out.

Knowing that we had a competitive but not ideal score we had to start well. We dropped 2 catches and got a wicket off a no ball before they reached 10. Not what we were looking for.

From then on things improved, James Leather snicked off there opener Mason for 1 and had their no 3 caught at 2nd slip by Joyce for 20. Joseph had O’Brien lbw for 17 and Totteridge were sitting on 50 for 3. Selwood joined Fletcher in rebuilding the innings albeit very slowly. This slow scoring put them under pressure as when Selwood was superbly caught at slip one handed by the skipper off the bowling of Ruskin for 12, things started to go Hertford’s way. Wickets fell regularly and Totteridge were all out for 113 giving Hertford a victory margin of 97 runs. Ryan finishing with 3 for 23, Joseph 3 for 20, J Leather 2 for 20 and Ruskin 2 for 23.

‘All in all it was a fantastic team effort, with the bat Joyce stood out for us and showed his class against a decent attack. The 4 bowlers used were fantastic, all picking up deserved wickets.

This weekend coming we have a big game against Bishop Stortford, not many points separate us and I’m looking for a strong performance. ‘

Score card

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2nds good win at home

July 20, 2016 Comments off

Hertford 2’s Win Again

Datchworth started the day 40 points ahead of Hertford and so a BIG win was needed.

Datchworth skipper T. Bennett won the toss and decided to ask Hertford to bat. With a flat looking deck and the temperature around 30, this was a bold move – Hertford were ecstatic. Datchworth fancied their chances chasing, Ray and Frost were the first Hertford batsman to have a go at making life difficult for the chasers. Both batsman made steady progress against a tidy bowling attack, Stroomer gave Hertford very little from his opening spell so both batsman decided to take on the bowling from the other end. For the first 15 overs this approach worked effectively until Datchworth tightened the screw, helped by excellent ground fielding (and appalling lack of catching) Hertford became frustrated.

After a good start Frost (32) perished in an attempt to get the scoreboard ticking, meanwhile Ray had completed a well-made 50. Riddle joined Ray and added the impetus that the innings needed, sadly Ray was out just before some real carnage could take place for 73. Linney was next in, he and Riddle added 120 at over a run-a-ball, exactly what was needed. Riddle suddenly looked in line for a ton but was out with 5 overs to go for an excellent 76, leaving Linney (58) and Cook (7) to lead Hertford to 271-3 from 53 overs.

Datchworth, currently on 0 points after putting Hertford in, didn’t look like a team ready to block and so this set the stage nicely for a win/lose situation. Datchworth’s not-so-secret-weapon and previous Hertford nemesis; Dave “the big-show” Bartlett was due to come in at 6 and so anything was possible for the visiting side. A bronzed-Dawson took the fresh-nut and after a shaky first settled into a decent rhythm. First of all he had Gregory caught behind, then he had Gregory caught at second slip (this one given out). The wiles of Thompson operated from the other end and when he slipped a short wide one in, L. Bennett flashed hard and a minor miracle took place:

Folland, standing at short gully, took a one-handed stunner. The batsman, the fielders, the spectators were all aghast but none more than Folland himself, who shouted; “What the ****?!”.

Hertford were all-over Datchworth now, Dawson continued a great start and swung one back into D’Abreu’s pads, the verdict was plumb. A partnership formed for the 4th wicket but Golder was on hand to break that and Hertford continued taking regular wickets. The prized wicket of Bartlett went to Cook and when a few other batsman came and went Datchworth found themselves on 179-8.

However when numbers 9 and 10 came to together a blistering partnership was formed. Almost every ball went to the boundary in a searing display of clean hitting. The Datchworth-Grip-Army were going barmy (more on this shortly) and all of a sudden 74 had been added to the score, Datchworth were odds-on for the win! Linney bought himself on to bowl (guilt from the sitter he dropped the over before, or a sense of responsibility?) the change worked. Destroyer-in-Chief-Atkinson turned for a second run but Riddle was attacking the ball as fast as his pathetic knees could carry him…one hand pick-up…one stump to aim at…throw…hit…Atkinson short of his ground! Next ball Linney uproots number 11’s stumps, game over, Hertford win!

Thank you to Datchworth for going for the win and most importantly for bringing all their girlfriends to Balls Park. On the back of this I strongly recommend we consider Datchworth for multiple Sunday friendlies, cricket-week fixtures and any future pool parties. Another solid, all-round performance and BIG win for Hertford 2’s, another win next week and the promotion challenge really is afoot!

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U14’s are County Champions

July 18, 2016 Comments off

On Sunday the U14’s played their County Finals at Broxbourne CC, having beaten Bushey in the quarter finals earlier in the week,

In the semi final against Tring we batted first and after a good start from Connor Ives (25) and Jack Timms (11), we lost our first wicket with 40 on the board after 5 overs. We lost our way a bit and were 67-5 after 11 overs. However, Noah Osborn made a vital 32 supported by Joe Mari (16) and Dan Orchard 13*, to leave Hertford with a score of 126 from their 20 overs.

In reply Tring made a good start and were 75-1 after 11 overs. The final was looking a long way away and then Noah turned the game around, this time with the ball, taking 4-15 from his 4 overs. Tom Orchard’s 2-29 saw us home, winning by 10 runs.

The final was a repeat of last year against West Herts when we lost by 1 run. They had scored 160 in their semi final, beating St Albans by 70 runs, so when Hertford’s joint captains won the toss and put them in to bat, I was more than a little concerned….. West Herts started well but after taking their first wicket with 19 on the board we continued to take wickets regularly . A superb opening spell from Dan Orchard (2-13) and excellent disciplined bowling from the rest of our attack (T Orchard 3-16, J Timms 2-16, C Ives 1-17, N Osborn 1-16) saw West Herts all out for 84 from 17.4 overs. Well done boys for ignoring me and putting them in to bat!

Against the best bowling attack we’ve faced all season, Hertford made a solid start losing our first wicket at 42 after 8 overs. Scores of 17 from C Ives, 21 from Jack Timms and an excellent 22 from Luke Kennedy saw us home by 6 wickets, with nearly 3 overs to spare.

Everyone contributed yesterday with two excellent fielding performances and some well taken catches. This has been a great season for a squad of boys who have really worked hard and deserve their success.

The U14 squad is Robert Holman, Connor Ives,Luke Kennedy,Joe Mari, Finaly Mitham, Matthew Mitham, Dan Orchard, Tom Orchard, Noah Osborn, Josh Over, Jack Smith and Jack Timms.

Steve Ives

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4ths in high scoring draw

July 14, 2016 Comments off

Match report from David Benham : July 9th Northwood 274 for 9 (53) Hertford 4ths 220 for 6 (47)

Good weather, a dry pitch and fast outfield all pointed to good batting conditions. Northwood won the toss and predictably elected to bat first. Benham and Timms bowled consistently but had only the wicket of Ramemat (7, bowled Benham) to show from the opening spell. Northwood were gaining confidence and the spin of Kailum Patel and Tom Orchard troubled them no more than the opening seamers.

A bowling change finally saw the wicket of Haji (82, caught Timms, bowled Matt Riddle) but Northwood were building a formidable score. The return spell of Jack Timms (10 0 40 3) produced 3 wickets, including Vanker (95, caught Eric Riddle). Further wickets from Kailum Patel, Tom Orchard and Sam Maloney slowed the run rate but Northwood finished their 53 overs with 274 for 9.

With conditions still good, Hertford set about the run chase. Losing Dave Spring (8, caught behind, bowled Malik, Louis Kendrick (2, bowled Parmer) and Tom Orchard (3, bowled Malik) required some consolidation from Raj Patel and Eric Riddle. When Riddle fell for 20 LBW to Malik, Northwood were justifiably sensing victory. Raj was eventually bowled for 57 by Ramawat. Jack Timms and Kailum Patel showed great maturity and set about a partnership which would eventually see out a draw. Kailum finally falling for 26, LBW to a ball which didn’t bounce. Running out of overs was the only way to stop Timms who finished unbeaten on 83. Final score 220/6. Malik was the best of the bowlers for Northwood finishing with 4 for 57.

A draw but a good haul of batting a bowling points making for a satisfactory day overall.

Next week we are away to Langleybury III

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Strong performance by the 2nds

July 12, 2016 Comments off

George Pavey reports :

After 3 poor results in a row Hertford 2’s travelled to Wheathampstead aiming to start the second half of the season positively and catapult themselves up the league table.

Wheathampstead won the toss and decided to have a bat under a heavy sky and a wicket ready to make batsman work hard for runs. From one end Thompson provided his usual bulletproof control and from the other Caverner swung the ball both ways, this opening spell produced two wickets, both to Thompson, and immediately left Wheathampstead on the back-foot. A sweaty Cliffy was replaced by Will Ray after 6 overs and together with Thompson they slowed the Wheathampstead scoring rate down to that of a slow crawl.

Skipper Carlson clearly smelt wickets and replaced Thompson at the other end, another fine spell for Thommo (10-3-23-2). He and Ray continued the team’s earlier endeavours and began to work through the Wheathampstead batting line up. Once settled Carlson produced his best bowling display of the season and Ray gave nothing away throughout his 14 overs. With 3 wickets apiece they produced combined figures of 25-10-47-6, not bad at all.

With 2 left to take, Carlson turned to Hertford’s most reliable wicket-wangler. Sadly for Folland an over-exertion in the field the over before hampered him with a groin injury and he therefore struggled to get the ball to the other end during his one over. Luckily Cook was on hand to take both wickets in his first over so Wheathampstead’s innings closed on 103, all out.

Hertford had just shy of 60 overs to chase down the total however after 10 overs, opening batsmen Ray and Frost, had already added 50 in an aggressive opening stand. Wheathampstead spinners Dabare and Booth came into the attack and provided good control, they were rewarded when Dabare got one to dramatically turn past Will Ray (25) which found him just short of the crease. With 70 already added for the first wicket the game was all but over, although in classic fashion a couple of quick wickets meant that some concentration was needed.

Pavey joined Frost, who looked like he was playing a different game to everyone else, and decided that he was going to block Hertford to victory whilst Frost continued his assault. The partnership moved the score towards the closing stages and Frost to a brilliant 50, sadly he holed out just before the end of the game but Hertford got over the line with 5 wickets and 28 overs to spare.

An excellent win. Yet again the fielding and in-particular the catching was brilliant, the bowling was tight and effective, and the batsman went and finished the job. Promotion is certainly not impossible from this position, and with all the teams above us still to play it means it is still very much in our own hands.

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Fantasy Cricket after 10 Weeks

July 12, 2016 Comments off
League
Team Owner Points
J. Lawrance 4867
C.Marques 4430
S. Gale 4370
G. Riddle 4334
G. Pavey 4241
R. Cordingley 4061
R. Leather 3828
G. Cordingley 3775
O. Folland 3673
S. Ruskin 3633
B. G-Golder 3562
J. Leather 3486
N. Hillary 3203
M. Hillary 3135
M. Ives 3077
R. Linney 3069
D. Williams 2988
M. Pavey 2692
W. Ray 2672
A. Cooper 2551
W. Van Der Maat 2518
C. Thompson 2470
R. Eaton 2443
O. Ray 2342
C. Cavener 2321
M. Ray 2275
D. Spring 2242
P. Ray 1789
All Rounders Wicket-keepers Batting Bowling
James Leather 710 1 George Pavey 470 1 A. Jenkins 908 1 Jon Ryan 530
Tom Orchard 536 2 Benjamin Cowell 282 2 Steve Gale 809 2 Oliver Folland 370
Adam Carlson 414 3 Nick Anderson 88 3 Ryan Stevenson 404 3 Robbie Joseph 340
Richard Leather 413 4 Augustine Joyce 384 4 David Benham 275
Will van der Maat 392 5 Nick Horton 303 5 Dan Orchard 275
6 Steve Page 241 6 Chris Thompson 180
7 Jamie Riddle 215 7 Ben Gethin-Golder 165
8 Cliff Cavener 208 8 Ryan Stevenson 160
9 Stephen Ives 176 9 Steve Gale 150
10 William Ray 170 10 Alex Bartlam 145
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