Ickleford's Brown hits quickfire ton
Ickleford drew at second placed Waltham Cross Rosedale after a solid all-round display capped off by a superb display of hitting from Richard Brown. After winning the toss, Ickleford elected to bat on a placid pitch. Ian Cousins ground his way to a patien
Ickleford drew at second placed Waltham Cross Rosedale after a solid all-round display capped off by a superb display of hitting from Richard Brown.
After winning the toss, Ickleford elected to bat on a placid pitch.
Ian Cousins ground his way to a patient 32 before Brown took charge.
Dropped early on, he launched a single-handed assault on the hapless Waltham Cross attack.
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He clubbed seven sixes in a remarkable 52-ball ton and with James Robinson (70) playing the perfect foil, the pair added 135 runs for the fourth wicket.
Ickleford set more than 250 to win and a far larger total than had looked likely an hour previously.
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Waltham Cross were 199-3 from 39 overs, opener Mark Dyer having just notched his own 100, and seemed to have just gained the upper hand.
Dyer was dismissed for 133 and wickets began to fall in regular intervals.
Waltham Cross closed on 238-8, with Duncan Jenner finishing with 4-63 from 18 overs to secure 18 points for Ickleford.
* The seconds lost again from a winning position, this time against Hatch End seconds.
Tom Walker took 4-48 and Scott Crouch 3-64 as Hatch End posted 201.
Ickleford made a good start through Mark Howard (33) and Kevin Shinner (24) adding 63 for the first wicket.
Jack Edwards (48) and James Dermont took the score to 138-3 but Ickleford then slumped to 169 all out in a dramatic batting collapse.
The thirds went down to a four-wicket defeat against Old Elizabethans thirds.
Steve Warren scored 112 in his first game of the season and he added 184 for the first wicket with Simon Wagstaff (47). Robert Day was unbeaten on 41 as Ickleford reached 203-4.
The old boys lost six wickets in reaching their target.