Bennett brothers are a great double act for Datchworth

It was a day for the record books on Datchworth Green on Sunday as the Bennett brothers stole the show against bottom side Weston in The Broadview Windows North Herts League. Luke and Tom Bennett shared an unbroken partnership of 326 from 191 balls as Dat

It was a day for the record books on Datchworth Green on Sunday as the Bennett brothers stole the show against bottom side Weston in The Broadview Windows North Herts League.

Luke and Tom Bennett shared an unbroken partnership of 326 from 191 balls as Datchworth rattled up 383-1 from 40 overs.

Luke reached his double century in just 127 balls, finishing unbeaten on 204, and Tom finished 135no from just 84 balls.

Skipper Tom elected to bat, and brother Luke put on 57 for the first wicket with Dave Bartlett who was stumped in the 10th over.

Luke was then joined at the crease by his brother, and they went on the attack immediately.

The next 10 overs saw the score lifted to 148, with Luke already on 82.

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He reached his century in the 23rd over, from just 75 balls.

Tom's fifty came in the next over, from 37 balls. The score was already on 192, and Datchworth looked set to break records.

In the 33rd over, a nice boundary from Luke took his score to 160, beating the previous club record of 157 set by Pete Emsden which had stood for 18 years.

It also saw the score pass the 300 mark which nudged past the club's previous best of 297.

Both brothers batted on tirelessly, and despatched the bowling over the rope nine times and across it 36 times.

Weston were obviously up against it in reply, and managed 103-7 from their 40 overs. Jon Lancaster took 3-12 and Lewis Tyler 3-18.

Ickleford produced one of their best performances of the season in Division One with a comprehensive victory over Offley and Stopsley.

A good batting display saw Ickleford reach 210-6 in their 40 overs. James Robinson led the way with an excellent 54 and he added 73 with Dave Pursey for the second wicket. Pursey made 46 and then captain James Dermont struck 41 in quick time.

In reply, Offley made a rapid start and rushed to 69-1.

But Ickleford tightened up with Robinson taking 4-15 in five overs and good support was provided by Roy Izzard, Dan Watson and Scott Crouch as Offley slumped to 80-7 - six wickets lost for 11 runs!

A stubborn ninth wicket partnership held Ickleford up but they won with 4.5 overs remaining.

Depleted Holwell had a disappointing result in their Division One match against Crawley Green Nomads.

Crawley Green reached 228-7 from their 40 overs. Despite a splendid innings from Julian Rudder (95no), Holwell never really got going and were all out for 156.

Letchworth GC visited Rosslyn in Division Two and registered another win.

They scored 246-9 off their 40 overs with Darren Curry scoring 52, Dane Hirst 47 and Matt Dyer 42, before bowling out Rosslyn for 163, with skipper Simon Edwards taking 4-14 and Michael Turner 2-32.

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