Baldock’s double defeat

BALDOCK played host to Cavendish on Saturday and lost again despite a much improved performance with the bat. Having lost the toss, Baldock were asked to field and despite two early breakthroughs which left Cavendish on 40-2, the visitors positive battin

BALDOCK played host to Cavendish on Saturday and lost again despite a much improved performance with the bat.

Having lost the toss, Baldock were asked to field and despite two early breakthroughs which left Cavendish on 40-2, the visitors' positive batting got them out of trouble and they managed to amass the daunting total of 263-7 off their 53 overs.

Thusara scored a superb 127 not out with many boundaries all round the park. But Baldock's depleted attack stuck to the task well in hot and unfriendly bowling conditions.

Giles Naylor took three wickets in a gritty bowling spell and Andrew Taylor also took three wickets near the end.

Baldock got off to a similar start losing two wickets in the first 15 overs but then a superb stand of 120 between the ever present James Peacock and skipper Rob Cant looked like giving Baldock victory.

Even the loss of Cant for a fine 33 did not deter the hosts as Peacock continued his slaughter of the Cavendish attack with ease.

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However, when two quick wickets fell and then Peacock was caught on the boundary for a superb 115, Baldock's run chase was all but over with a draw looking likely.

Unfortunately, hopes of a draw vanished as more wickets fell and Baldock were finally dismissed for 215 in just over 40 overs.

Baldock's Sunday XI were on the end of a very quick loss to the flashing blades of Houghton Town.

With a weakened side Baldock batted first and were bowled out for 110. Only Andy Payne showed any resistence scoring a respectable 21.

In reply Houghton needed just 12 overs to seal a six wicket win reaching 111-4 with Graham Letford taking two wickets on his club debut.

Hitchin continued their good start to the season with a home win against promoted side Northwood on Saturday.

On a hot day at Lucas Lane, Northwood won the toss and elected to field first. Craig Millwood and Cameron Boyd fell early.

But a third wicket partnership of 145 between Jimmy Lewis (75) and John Moffatt (89) led the home side to a decent total and they finally declared after 51 overs on 224-4.

In reply Northwood got off to a good start and were 40 without loss after 10 overs. Dave Moore then made the breakthrough from the Barleycorn End trapping opener Hussey leg before.

Then a great reaction catch from Aussie Cameron Boyd off the bowling of Simon Bayston saw the start of Northwood's downfall.

Boyd then took over from Moore at the Barleycorn End and took three quick wickets. Northwood had gone from 75-1 to 92-5. Two run outs then really finished off the visitors, the first from Jeremy Heath and the second a direct hit from Simon Bayston.

The tail enders then dug in and tried to stop the Lucas Laners from winning by blocking out the remaining overs at 133-8 with seven overs left.

However, Boyd (5-24) came back into the attack and clean bowled the last two and Hitchin took 30 points to remain second in the Division One table.

Henlow gained a vital victory over close rivals Leighton Buzzard in the Beds League Two on Sunday.

Tight bowling saw the visitors dismissed for just 128 with new boy Justin Edwards taking 3-25 off five overs.

A solid opening partnership between Michael Johnson (47) and Kris Canagasabey (47no) ensured there would be few alarms as Henlow won by six wickets with 11 and a half overs to spare.

There was a notable double as the seconds beat their Biggleswade counterparts by 21 runs in Division Three.

Mike Fernando's 55 was the backbone of Henlow's 141 (Chris Waghorn 4-33) before Stuart Goldsmith took 4-18 off 10 overs as the home side were 120 all out (Tariq Ahmed 42).

Henlow were easy winners over Biggleswade in Millman One on Saturday.

Biggleswade old boy Michael Johnson (72) and Dave Warwick (58) enjoyed a century opening stand as Henlow amassed a healthy score of 243-5 in their 45 overs.

Wayne Goldsmith then claimed 6-29 to add to his unbeaten 39 as Biggleswade collapsed from a promising position to 134 all out (Matt Twigg 61).

Biggleswade won the second team clash at Henlow despite Marcus Crawley, in his first bowl since September 2002 following injury, taking 4-32 in 10 overs.

Chasing 148 to win, Henlow were all out for 112 (Davey 6-25).

Tim Porter was in great form with the bat for Ickleford Cricketers against Weston as he slammed a majestic 104 in an opening stand of 165 with Kevin Shinner (65).

Cricketers' innings finally closed on 265-6 with John Ross hitting a fast 26 inside three overs at the end.

The total proved too much for Weston and the introduction of spinners Richard Starkey 3-21 and Scott Crouch 2-13 as well as paceman D Allen 2-39 saw them collapse to 140-9 and defeat.

On Saturday, Cricketers beat Harpenden 4ths. Cricketers scored 234-6 with Jon Hare top scoring on 82. Harpenden were all out for 111 with Tom Sausbury taking 5-2.