Datchworth skipper leads by example

Datchworth lost by three wickets to Cockfosters seconds in the Saracens Herts League Division Five. They were 18-3 before Steve Stroomer took on the slow bowlers and made a good 40, but the rest of the middle order collapsed and Datchworth were soon 89-7.

Datchworth lost by three wickets to Cockfosters seconds in the Saracens Herts League Division Five.

They were 18-3 before Steve Stroomer took on the slow bowlers and made a good 40, but the rest of the middle order collapsed and Datchworth were soon 89-7.

Captain John Wells (46no) batted with the tail, and this enabled the visitors to finish with a more respectable 153 all out.

Cockfosters immediately took control of the game as opening bat Xavier smashed 59 from 37 balls.

His wicket was the first to fall, as a sharp caught and bowled chance was snapped up by Steve Nash (3-31) with the score on 71.

Nash, Alex Akers and Stroomer then took regular wickets and Datchworth were in the game with Cockfosters stumbling at 111-5.

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Alexander (54) took most of the strike and raised the score to 150-6 before he and Edwards fell to Wells (2-19). The game finished two overs later as four singles were pinched by the lower order.

n The seconds crashed by nine wickets to table topping Bentley Heath.

Lewis Tyler's quickfire 44, which included eight boundaries, was the only highlight as they set a mediocre 136 in 42.3 overs.

Raja (39) got Bentley Heath off to a quick start, but it was Michael Hubbard (60no) and Oliver Hubbard (36no) who finished the match as they cruised home for the loss of just one wicket.

The third team made 161-9 chasing 208-4 made by Harpenden fifths. Andy Draper was 43no for Datchworth, with Ben Jay making 34.

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