Hitchin just hold on for a dour draw

IT was another drawn local derby at Lucas Lane on Saturday between Hitchin and Letchworth. On a very hot afternoon Letchworth won the toss and elected to bat first leaving the Hitchin bowlers to toil in the sun. The Letchworth batsmen took full advantage

IT was another drawn local derby at Lucas Lane on Saturday between Hitchin and Letchworth.

On a very hot afternoon Letchworth won the toss and elected to bat first leaving the Hitchin bowlers to toil in the sun.

The Letchworth batsmen took full advantage of a good wicket. Jonathan Hilliard (37), Richard Walsh (65), Steve March (53) and Ben Cottenden (29) were the main run getters as the visitors finished their innings on 226-7 off 53 overs.

In reply, the spin of Richard Jerome and Stuart Roberts put an early stranglehold on Hitchin and they lost wickets gradually.

A partnership between Jimmy Lewis (29) and Andy Hicks (46) gave Hitchin hope but then Jerome took three more quick wickets in the middle order and it was left to Hicks and the tail enders to block out for the draw.

They managed it and the game ended with Hitchin on 120-8 with Jerome taking 6-35 off 19 overs.

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Hitchin play Berkhamsted away this Saturday and St Albans away in the Chess Valley League on Sunday.