Hitchin draw against league leaders

Hitchin drew at home with league leaders Millhillians. Millhillians won the toss and elected to bat first on a damp afternoon. They found the wet conditions no real problem and scored runs freely throughout their innings. Opener Mark Roca scored 86 and Au

Hitchin drew at home with league leaders Millhillians.

Millhillians won the toss and elected to bat first on a damp afternoon.

They found the wet conditions no real problem and scored runs freely throughout their innings.

Opener Mark Roca scored 86 and Aussie David Dawson top scored with an unbeaten 136 in their total of 267-4.

Hitchin never looked like reaching their required target and in the end just had to settle for picking up as many batting points as possible.

They eventually finished on 171-7, with the main run getters Craig Millwood (46), Will Pugh (34) and Dave Moore (34no).

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Hitchin took just seven points to Millhillians' 17.

There was a complete washout at Southgate Adelaide on Sunday in the Chess Valley League.

The seconds ended their run of defeats with a draw against Kings Langley 2nds.

In an exciting finish, Kings Langley needed four runs off the last ball but could only manage a single.

Earlier in the day, following a rain delay of 45 minutes, Hitchin lost the toss and found themselves batting, with the match reduced by six overs a side.

And the away team got off to a solid start, with Darryl Collins attacking the opening bowlers.

However in looking to hit his fourth four in the same over he cut one straight to point to fall for 21.

Ian Mills (31) batted defensively as others around him looked to add runs and formed a partnership with Colin Burnell (24).

Once Burnell fell, this brought Scott Marshall to the crease and then the fireworks really started!

Marshall hit a brisk 59no, which included 10 fours and two sixes.

He was supported by Jon Duffin (24) as the pair accelerated from 101 after 33 overs to 188-6 by the end of the 47th.

After tea, Hitchin had a breakthrough in the first over when Chris Slack found the edge for Marshall to take the catch at slip.

Wickets continued to fall with James Maple, Duffin and Jack Thorn claiming victims as Kings Langley reached 71-5.

It appeared Hitchin could push on for victory but a 100-run partnership for the sixth wicket meant the home team were still in the hunt until the last over, where they needed 14 to win.

* This weekend sees Hitchin travel to Langleybury on Saturday and play Old Albanian at home in the Becker Cup plate competition quarter-final on Sunday.

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