Baldock's batters lose focus

Baldock lost their way in losing to Crawley Green Nomads by 60 runs in The Broadview Windows North Herts League. Nomads raced to 50-1 off eight overs but the response from the bowers was superb as they kept the visitors to 135-9 off 40 overs. Logan Newman

Baldock lost their way in losing to Crawley Green Nomads by 60 runs in The Broadview Windows North Herts League.

Nomads raced to 50-1 off eight overs but the response from the bowers was superb as they kept the visitors to 135-9 off 40 overs.

Logan Newman, who took a battering early on, returned to take 3-46, while Rob Peacock took 2-18 and Ben Diplock 2-19.

Baldock struggled to come to terms with the green and somewhat low wicket and against an accurate and experienced bowling attack, they floundered and were bowled out for 75 in 30 overs.


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Only Rob Cant made runs of note with a stoic 29.

Depleted Ickleford, playing with nine men due to two late withdrawals, put up a brave display at Luton and Houghton Town.

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Duncan Jenner was Ickleford's best batsman and made 37 out of 100, Galen Sherred hitting five fours in his 24.

Ickleford bowled well in reply and made Houghton work hard for their runs and seven wickets were taken.

Jenner, Roy Izzard, Sherred, Rob Day and Jack Edwards all played their part with useful spells but the lack of the missing men was ultimately too much.

Letchworth GC recorded an eight- wicket win over Weston at Fairfield in Division Two.

The wickets were spread around as the visitors were dismissed for 114.

Although the Garden City lost Darren Curry cheaply, youngsters Matt Bridge (45) and Chris Hughes (61no) steered them to within one run of victory before Bridge was bowled, leaving Hughes to hit the winning runs the next ball.

Datchworth went down by four wickets to Great Gaddesden.

John Wells top scored with 48 as Datchworth posted a challenging 174-8 from their 40 overs. He received good support from captain Tom Bennett in an opening stand of 55.

Sam Brunton smashed 29 and Jon Lancaster chipped in with 20.

Great Gaddesden started strongly and kept the momentum going until the introduction of Steve Nash (2-15) who restricted them in the middle overs.

Will Nash took two quick wickets but once the pace was back on the ball, Crawley (32) bullied the bowlers and set up a tight finish. Gaddesden finished comfortably with nine balls to spare.

* Henlow's batting woes continued in the Beds League Division One at home to Sharnbrook.

Only Wayne Goldsmith (78) of the top order made any significant contribution before wicketkeeper Charlie Jones (26no) pushed the score up to 169-9.

Sharnbrook knocked off the runs with seven wickets intact and seven and a half overs to spare.

The seconds lost by eight wickets to Langford in Division Three as only Trevor Boorman (43no) made a score with Neil Hamshere picking up 4-16 in his 10 overs.

Langford's third wicket pair of Paul Crouch (42no) and Mark Lowten (36no) saw them home with 16 overs to spare.

Oscar Fas carried his bat for an unbeaten fifty as Henlow seconds won by 78 runs against Flitwick in Millman Three. Fas helped Henlow total 156-7 before four wickets from Merrick Baltruschat saw Flitwick dismissed for 78 in reply.

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