Baldock draw and Weston lose narrowly

Baldock still top Saracens Herts League Division Five after holding on for a draw at Bayford and Hertford. Having lost the toss, Baldock were asked to bowl and Alistair Jones removed both openers. After a solid stand of 32, Jones then took three wickets i

Baldock still top Saracens Herts League Division Five after holding on for a draw at Bayford and Hertford.

Having lost the toss, Baldock were asked to bowl and Alistair Jones removed both openers.

After a solid stand of 32, Jones then took three wickets in the next six overs to leave the hosts at 95-5.

Bayford put on 30 for the sixth wicket and then Blackett (78) cut loose.


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Bayford closed on 186-9 off 53 overs, Jones taking 5-77 in 24 overs and Logan Newman 2-40 in 10 overs.

Rob Cant and Rob Peacock put on 37 for the first wicket before both were dismissed.

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James Peacock was ably supported by Ranjit Rayat (25) before he too fell for a superb 51.

Baldock were 148-5 but wickets fell as batsmen tried to hit boundaries to gain bonus points.

They were 156-9 when the draw was eventually secured by Andy Payne and Tim Dean.

Weston hosted a youthful Potters Bar fourth team and pushed them all the way.

Having won the toss, Potters Bar inserted Weston who slipped to 11-5.

A dogged fightback by Angus Forster and Andrew Mills dug the home side out of a big hole and after a cautious start, both batsmen were able to start playing their shots.

They put on 67 for the sixth wicket, before losing Forster for 28, followed shortly by Mills on 23, as Weston posted a defendable 98 all out.

Wickets were soon tumbling in the Potters Bar reply as Forster picked up two quick wickets.

It got down to Weston needing just one more wicket and Potters Bar requiring just three runs, but with plenty of overs in hand. A reasonably comfortable chance was dropped at midwicket and the winning runs were secured in the following over.

Of the three bowlers used, skipper Marcus Peckham took 4-42 off 22 overs, and was ably supported by Forster, picking up 3-19 from 13 overs, and Tim Burton, 2-25 in nine overs.

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