Letchworth go close to beating West Herts but alas for Smith and Jones

PUBLISHED: 16:35 30 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:38 30 July 2018

Letchworth Garden City's George Denman hit a valuable 44 against West Herts. Picture: DANNY LOO

Letchworth Garden City's George Denman hit a valuable 44 against West Herts. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Letchworth Garden City came tantalisingly close to a much needed third win of the season on Saturday in a roller-coaster Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League Premier Division game at West Herts.

In the end though their brave battle resulted in a four-wicket loss.

Letchworth skipper Tom Simmons lost the toss again and the visitors were asked to bat first.

And, not for the first time, their top order was blown away by Will Jones, leaving them on 21-4 and prompting some of the watching Letchworth supporters to name him as probably the best opening bowler in the league.

A fighting stand of 48 between Nathan Sprittles and George Denman steadied the innings and after Sprittles had departed for 33, Denman (44) and Adam Jenkins (36) added 54 to help Letchworth reach 150.

Jones though wasn’t finished and he ended the innings on 6-44 with off spinner Matt Smith weighing in with some late wickets to take 4-36.

West Herts’ start though was just as bad as Letchworth’s as a hostile opening spell by Jonny Harris (3-26), backed up by Praveen Bhatti and Maxford Pipe, reduced them to 51-6.

But yet again it was the vastly experienced Smith and Jones combo who stopped Letchworth in their tracks as they added 102 to see their side to victory, Smith finishing on 56 and Jones 45.

Letchworth remain bottom with a home game against Welwyn Garden City on Saturday.

Letchworth’s second team lost by three wickets at Whitethorn Lane in a nail-biting finish against Bayford and Hertford who reached their target of 265 with one ball to spare.

Skipper Dave Albon took 3-56 while Tim Dean chipped in with 2-49 and Liam Bishton and Barry Holden got one wicket each.

Earlier Albon hit a fantastic 125 not out and Bishton scored 50 as the pair put on a brilliant 173 for the fifth wicket.

It helped the home side get to 264-6 in their 50 overs.

Like the first team, the seconds face their Welwyn Garden City counterparts, who currently sit in second place in Division Three A.

The third team registered another win away to Bushey 2nds to stay in third place in Division Six B, 24 points behind second-place Hemel Hempstead Town 3rds and a further five adrift of leaders Abbots Langley 2nds.

Harry Cruttenden top scored with 48 while Duncan Elder made 29 and Mike Hughes 20 as they reached 182-9 in their 50 overs.

But it was Rose Fernando and Gurjeet Singh who proved the heroes, taking 3-13 and 3-17 respectively, as Bushey were bowled out for just 126 to clinch the 56-run success.

Elliot Lee got 2-14 with Charlie Piper and Richard Stewart getting one each.

There was disappointment for the fourths though as they suffered a heavy defeat to Old Albanians 3rd.

And the fifths were handed a walkover win over Datchworth 4ths after the village club were unable to raise a side.

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