Champs are impressive
THE Broadview Windows North Herts League Division One champs Holwell had a resounding victory over Breachwood Green. Adam Parkins was in devastating form with the ball, clean bowling the top five batsmen in taking 5-24 in eight overs. Ivan Hopkinson (3-25
THE Broadview Windows North Herts League Division One champs Holwell had a resounding victory over Breachwood Green.
Adam Parkins was in devastating form with the ball, clean bowling the top five batsmen in taking 5-24 in eight overs.
Ivan Hopkinson (3-25) and Dave Turner (2-7) gave him good support as Breachwood Green were bowled out for 89 in 29 overs. Holwell raced home by eight wickets inside 13 overs as skipper and man of the match Julian Rudder blasted a quickfire 53.
Ickleford Cricketers are just three points behind Division Two leaders Ickleford and Codicote with two matches in hand. This was after a tied game with Titanic, the sides each finishing on 202-8 after 40 overs apiece.
Ickleford were thrashed by Reed in the same division. They could only muster 148-9 in 35 overs, Sam Giggle making 37 and Rob Horner 21. Reed won by nine wickets in just 19 overs.
n Henlow's first team have gone through the entire Beds League season unbeaten.
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The Division Two champions beat Ampthill 2nds by four wickets in their final game on Sunday to finish 53 points clear of runners-up Leighton Buzzard.
Wayne Bilcock (3-18 in 10 overs) led the way as the home side were bowled out for 110, supported by two wickets apiece for Paul Lewis, Scott Spicer and Kris Canagasabey.
With opener Andy Hicks carrying his bat for an unbeaten 61, Henlow were always in control before a late flurry of wickets.
It was not such a good story for the seconds as they were relegated from Division Three.
Caldecote sealed the title as they won by eight wickets after chasing down Henlow's meagre 115 all out (Joel Boorman 30).
The first team's penultimate match in the Millman Saturday One at Cople Argus was off due to the weather. The seconds lost by five wickets to their Sandy counterparts after totalling just 100 (Merrick Baltruschat 36).
n Preston won by four runs against a strong Osterley side in the Chess Valley League on Sunday.
They batted first and made 216 all out from their allocated 45 overs, with Richard Gatehouse (54), Casey Walker (46) and Adam Shelley (40) the main contributors.
Some excellent ground fielding and bowling from Preston saw them dismiss the visitors for 212 all out, with David Fleckney (3-8), Indika (2-28), Mark Waters (2-45) and Ben Burrows (2-31) their wicket takers.
n Letchworth Corinthians lost by five runs to Therfield in Sunday's friendly.
Therfield chose to bat first and after a shaky start went on to make 113-8. All the wickets were claimed by opening bowlers Jim Collins (4-20) and Richard Cropley (4-28).
In reply, the Corinthians openers Warwick Metcalfe (20) and Anthony Wood (21) gave the visitors a steady start. Wickets started to fall consistently and they were all out in the final over for 108 with Mike Hughes unbeaten on 19.
Baldock played a friendly against the Old White Horse pub at Avenue Park on Sunday.
The 30-over game was played in good spirit and was competitive with the pub side featuring some handy ringers from Stevenage.
Baldock batted first and totalled 142-9 with Rob Cant making 50no and Graham Letford 25.
Old White Horse won by five wickets with three and a half overs to spare with Ian Baker making 62no in a polished batting performance. Alistair Jones took 2-19 from his eight overs.