Holwell ease home against Houghton
HOLWELL were easy winners in the Broadview Windows North Herts League. They totalled 209-8 against Houghton Town, Adam Parkins again top scoring with 56 and he received good support from Chris Lemoir (42) and Wayne Alleyne (25). Freddie Hunte took five wi
HOLWELL were easy winners in the Broadview Windows North Herts League.
They totalled 209-8 against Houghton Town, Adam Parkins again top scoring with 56 and he received good support from Chris Lemoir (42) and Wayne Alleyne (25).
Freddie Hunte took five wickets in reply as Houghton Town, boosted by a last wicket stand of 70, closed on 165 all out.
Ickleford Cricketers beat Datchworth by seven wickets in Division Two.
Datchworth were soon in trouble against Jon Hare (2-16) and Dave Allen (2-23) before Scott Crouch finished the innings off with 3-32 as Datchworth made only 156.
After early cameos from Crouch (21) and the returning Richard Robbins (29), 14-year-old Jack Edwards made a fine 33 in supporting opener Tim Porter (49no).
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Weston secured their first win of the season in a hard-fought encounter against Titanic.
The visitors put Weston into bat on a hot afternoon. John McKean reached a half century, Dan Sampson made 34 and Orville Batson blazed his way to a defiant 38 as Weston reached 208-9 off their 40 overs.
A second wicket partnership of 103 put Titanic in control before Batson (5-23 off seven overs) joined the party.
Titanic needed just three runs off the last over for victory but skipper Marcus Peckham closed out the innings.
* Preston seconds won a dramatic Saracens Herts League game at Totteridge.
A gritty undefeated 88 from Matt Burleigh and 39 from skipper Martin Pierce saw a fine total of 195-9 set from 53 overs.
Totteridge had no answer to Sri Lankan Indika whose 6-38 was well backed up by 3-39 from newcomer Ian Hamilton as Preston won by four runs off the last ball of the match.
Weston are still searching for their first win after losing for the first time at home to Flamstead.
George Lamprell (31) and Orville Batson (29no) top scored as Weston could only muster 183-9 off their 53 overs.
In spite of a flurry of wickets towards the end, the visitors cruised to a comfortable victory by five wickets in the 44th over.
* Henlow exited the East Beds Shield at home to Ampthill on Monday night.
The visitors batted first and made 143-4 in their 15 eight-ball overs, Gary Pollard's hard-hit 86 leading the way before he was finally caught and bowled by Kris Canagasabey (3-47).
Henlow were well in the game at 70-2 off eight overs but collapsed to 105 all out to go down by 38 runs.
The seconds took centre stage over the weekend as the first team were without a game.
They went down by six wickets to Langford in Beds League Division Three on Sunday.
Pete Edwins' excellent 63 was the only worthwhile score as Henlow struggled to 154-9 on a good batting strip (Paul Wilderspin 3-25 and Martin Raggett 4-14). Steady batting saw Langford home with 11 overs to spare.
Teenage openers Lewis Sinclair (71) and Ashley Dunn (48) compiled a century opening stand in their easy win over Blunham 2nds in Millman Three on Saturday.
Henlow made an imposing 252 all out before bowling the hosts out for 123.
* Preston seconds lost a close friendly game against the FM Arthurs XI.
Preston posted 181-7 with top scorer stalwart Chris Newell with a typically hard hit 58 and Jack Byford making his mark with a splendid 37.
The visitors got home by one wicket despite useful bowling from Callum Blair and Tom Brown.