Improvement again for Ickleford despite St Margaretsbury loss

Ickleford's Jon Hilliard faces a delivery

Jon Hilliard top scored for Ickleford in their Herts Cricket League match with St Margaretsbury. - Credit: DANNY LOO

There was much to be happy with in their performance despite Ickleford's loss away to St Margaretsbury.

The home team amassed 271-9 in the Herts Cricket League Division One match thanks to a fine unbeaten 119 from David Murphy and half-centuries from openers Aiden Read (61) and Simon Tilbury (54).

Duncan Jenner 3-38 and Luke Marsden 3-30 led the fightback for Ickleford and although weakened, they battled valiantly with the bat too before falling 54 runs short on 217-6.

Jon Hilliard top-scored with 57 not out and good support was provided by Adam Ross (31*), Tom Willoughby (35), Sam Fookes (29) and Jenner (21).

The seconds are still without a win this year after a one-wicket defeat to Bentley Heath.

Fakhar Islam got 48 not out as they passed 100 for the first time this year and he also took 3-28 with the ball, backed up by 3-25 from Ollie Ellis Holmes, but Bentley Heath's last pair squeezed home.

The thirds did win for the first time though, beating Cockfosters by 19 runs.

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Matt Gray got 44 and Ed Davies 35 not out while Nick Webb, Mark Howard and Dave Baker got two wickets each.

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