Clubs exit the county cup

It was a bleak day for local cricket clubs in the Herts County Cup. Knebworth Park are the only team from Comet country to remain in the competition after Sunday s ties - and they did not even play! Their game at home to Rickmansworth is rescheduled for a

It was a bleak day for local cricket clubs in the Herts County Cup.

Knebworth Park are the only team from Comet country to remain in the competition after Sunday's ties - and they did not even play!

Their game at home to Rickmansworth is rescheduled for a week on Sunday (June 22).

This is after Rickmansworth pulled out at the last minute because of a death that caused several of their side to be unavailable, and the Herts League gave dispensation.

Stevenage's batting crumbled in the latter stages to lose at higher league Radlett.

The home side were in early trouble, Tanweer Sikandar striking in his second over, Tom Jenkins nicking one behind, and again in his third trapping Patel in front to leave Radlett at 10-2.

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The experienced Fielden and South African Burger slowed Stevenage's search for more wickets, but with the run-rate well under control Stevenage remained contented.

A double bowling change brought instant success with Ashley Bayes (2-28 in seven) removing Fielden in his first over thanks to a fine legside stumping from David Carr.

And it was Bayes that shifted the obstinate Burger bowling him through the gate with a classic off-spin delivery.

The Radlett middle order batted with good sense despite decent spells from Martin Nevill, Chris Whitworth and Scott Davies.

Sikandar (2-32 in 10 overs) and Dattani (1-30 in 10) came back to keep a lid on things at the end in a total of 201-9 from 50 overs.

Sikandar and Carr opened up for Stevenage and in no time had Radlett on the back foot.

This included a 15-minute hiatus after a head injury to one of the Radlett fielders.

Stevenage were 45-0 after 13 overs before Carr was adjudged leg before on 19 and the whole innings came crashing down.

Russell Hann, Bayes and Navin Seneviratne all fell in single figures and Sikandar was dismissed for 24 exposing an inexperienced middle and lower order.

Barry Hann's patient 16 tried to stem the flow but no-one else followed his lead and the innings crumbled to a pitiful 72 all out.

Letchworth GC came down to earth rather rapidly after their win at Knebworth Park 24 hours earlier.

They entertained Division Two Cockfosters and a dismal batting performance led to defeat by five wickets.

Steve March won the toss and elected to bat first on a wicket still slightly damp from the week's rain and he and John Hilliard reached 34 without loss before March was caught.

After this, almost everybody made a start by reaching double figures, but apart from Hilliard (25) nobody reached 20 and the innings slumped to 80-7.

A good knock by Adam Jenkins (36no) showed the top order how to do it, but he ran out of partners with the total at 136.

Cockfosters found the wicket had dried by the time they batted, but a solid bowling performance made them work hard for their runs. However, the target was not enough and the visitors reached 137-5 with 10 overs to spare.

Hitchin made it a bad weekend by losing by five wickets to North Mymms.

Atul Ranade made 86 off 69 balls and Will Pugh made 40 as Hitchin totalled 236-9 off their 50 overs. North Mymms reached their target with four overs to spare with Ian Bowyer taking two wickets.

Preston were humbled by Welwyn GC after restricting them to 190 all out, Casey Walker taking 4-45 and Max Anderson 3-43.

They were then bundled out for just 61, Adam Shelley contributing 27 with 21 extras!

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