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Letchworth Garden City CC - 4th XI
Hertford CC - 4th XI
Sat 18 May 13:00 - Hertfordshire Cricket League - Division Nine A Start time 13:00

Hertford 4th XI Suffer 8 Wicket Defeat to Letchworth

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The 4’s travelled to Letchworth, buoyant after a comprehensive opening day win where everything went right.

Arriving at the ground on the site of an old mental hospital, several of the adult players felt very much at home. Hertford’s record at this ground in the centre of Fairfield Hall is not good – no-one that has ever played there can recall a win, or even a competitive game…

Skipper Horton called incorrectly and was inserted on a damp wicket. The contrasting styles of openers Finn Morgan and Captain Horton were evident but both seemed to be seeing the ball well and making progress (despite Morgan being dropped three times and missed being stumped twice!). They progressed to 27 before Horton missed a straight one, bringing veteran Dave Spring to the wicket. A few balls later Dave missed one down the leg side and seemingly oblivious to the fact there is a wicketkeeper who might catch the ball, set off for a single. He was stumped. With basic errors like this Dave might find value in spending some time on Sunday morning with Alex Prentice getting some Kwik cricket practice.

All was not lost though. The captain had referred to his middle order of Pickering, Eaton and Kildare before the game as ‘the engine room’ of the innings. Unfortunately, the entire ‘engine room’ malfunctioned and contributed 1 run between them which led to panic setting in among the lower order as they scrambled to get their pads on like rabbits running at the sound of a farmers shotgun.

Finn finally picked out a fielder that could catch, as did Matt Ahl, however some lower order strokeplay (slogging) from Dave Benham, George Rideout and Isaac Medcalf managed to allow the side to avoid the embarrassment of a double figure score – just (104).

An excellent tea followed whilst the captain plotted how he would defend such a low score. Eaton’s insistence that he would ‘do some damage’ if he opened up from the pavilion end sadly fell on deaf ears – a decision the captain would likely live to regret. As the Hertford team took to the field they did notice something different about their new wicketkeeper George Rideout – he informed them that he doesn’t wear pads (or a box) when keeping wicket. To be fair he kept wicket well but it could be a long season of bruised shins and blackened balls for him given the uneven surfaces we sometimes play on.

Matt Ahl and Finn Morgan opened the bowling and were exceptional. Matt picked up 2 wickets and Finn unlucky not to get any – he had used all his luck up whilst batting! Sadly, Matt’s two wickets were all that Hertford picked up. The lack of further success was primarily down to poor fielding from Hertford. 5 catches went down.

Hertford left with their tails between their legs on a day when most things went wrong. Next week the batsmen will need to learn how to cope with a ball bowled at the stumps, the fielders must learn that if the ball is in the air it needs to be caught and the captain must learn to listen when Richard Eaton is offering to bowl.

Author – Richard Eaton

Scorecard

Letchworth Garden City CC - 4th XI won the toss and elected to field

Hertford CC - 4th XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Finlay Morgan
ct. A Catherell, b. M deNooijer
23
 
Nick Horton
b. M Clark
16
 
David Spring
st. A Catherell, b. K Khaira
3
 
Jakub Pickering
lb. M deNooijer
1
 
Richard Eaton
b. K Khaira
0
 
Angus Kildare
b. M deNooijer
0
 
George Rideout
ct. A Catherell, b. M Clark
17
 
David Benham
b. M deNooijer
13
 
George Gardener
lb. M deNooijer
0
 
Matthew Ahl
ct. A Marsh, b. A Marsh
0
 
Isaac Medcalf
Not Out
16
 
Extras
4w, 10b, 1lb
15
Total
for 10 wickets 23.3 overs
104

Letchworth Garden City CC - 4th XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Mark Clark
5.3
1
13
2
2.6
Tom Kilby
5
0
23
0
4.6
Michael deNooijer
5
3
17
5
3.4
Kiret Khaira
3
1
4
2
1.3
Adam Marsh
3
0
20
1
6.7
Dan Roberts
2
0
16
0
8.0

Letchworth Garden City CC - 4th XI batting

R
B
4s
6s
SR
Connor Pond
b. M Ahl
4
 
Macauley Denman
Not Out
51
 
Dan Roberts
ct. A Kildare, b. M Ahl
7
 
Russell Hann
Not Out
39
 
Mark Clark
Did Not Bat
 
Sudeera Gunatunga
Did Not Bat
 
Michael deNooijer
Did Not Bat
 
Kiret Khaira
Did Not Bat
 
Adam Marsh
Did Not Bat
 
Tom Kilby
Did Not Bat
 
Andrew Catherell
Did Not Bat
 
Extras
4w, 2b, 1lb
7
Total
for 2 wickets 23 overs
108

Hertford CC - 4th XI bowling

O
M
R
W
Econ
Extras
Matthew Ahl
6
1
16
2
2.7
Finlay Morgan
6
0
18
0
3.0
Angus Kildare
4
0
18
0
4.5
David Benham
4
0
34
0
8.5
George Gardener
2
0
17
0
8.5
Isaac Medcalf
1
0
2
0
2.0

Team selection

League round up

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Aldenham CC - 1st XI
102
149
Hemel Hempstead Town CC - 4th XI
Hatfield Hyde CC - 2nd XI
181
146/9
Hitchin CC - 3rd XI
Sandridge CC - 2nd XI
Old Minchendenians CC - 1st XI
44/3
43
Welwyn Garden City CC - 4th XI

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