Parkins destroys Ickleford again

A brilliant unbeaten 84 by Peter Robinson proved in vain as Ickleford again fell victim to Holwell s Adam Parkins in the Broadview Windows North Herts League. Duncan Jenner scored 20 and Rob Horner 30 but it was Robinson who dominated the Ickleford inning

A brilliant unbeaten 84 by Peter Robinson proved in vain as Ickleford again fell victim to Holwell's Adam Parkins in the Broadview Windows North Herts League.

Duncan Jenner scored 20 and Rob Horner 30 but it was Robinson who dominated the Ickleford innings.

He put on an unbroken 71 with James Dermont (26no) as Ickleford made 183-4 in their 40 overs.

But Parkins with a typically belligerent unbeaten 89, backed by Julian Rudder (38), saw Howell home with more than 11 overs to spare and seven wickets in hand. Jenner took 2-33.

* Datchworth got the better of Graveley in a Division Two match full of twists.

After winning the toss, Graveley found themselves 51-4 and looking like making no sort of total.

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Good batting from Jamie Logan (29) boosted the run rate, before Noddy Logan shepherded the tail with an aggressive 51no.

Graveley were eventually dismissed for 164, a total Datchworth were confident of making.

Things started brightly enough, with Adrian Bennett in fine form striking 27 from 29 balls.

Skipper Tom Bennett saw wickets tumble around him before being joined by Will Nash with the score a worrying 74-5.

With plenty of overs remaining, the pair looked to have settled things and kept runs ticking over before Bennett fell for 33.

Nash and Sam Brunton (16) put on 65 to leave just 18 runs required in the final seven overs. Nash struck 12 boundaries in a determined innings of 57no, supported by brother Rob, as Datchworth made it home with five overs to spare and three wickets intact.

Weston secured their first win of the season away at Bramfield.

Will Pugh and Jack Stevens (30) posted 120 for the opening partnership, before losing Pugh just 12 runs short of his century for 88.

Further notable contributions from Ian Snowden, who made 30 on his return to senior action, and James Stevens, who hit an attacking 25, saw Weston reach 222-9 in their 40 overs.

Bramfield lost wickets regularly and were bowled out for 116 in the 40th over to secure victory by 106 runs. Euan Beadie had the best figures of the day, taking 3-30 off his eight overs.

Letchworth GC were unable to repeat their success against Datchworth from the previous week away to league leaders Great Gaddesden.

Weakened by late withdrawals, they were unable to prevent the home side from amassing 256-5 which proved too big a target.

This was despite a fine maiden century by Darren Curry who rounded off an excellent weekend by hitting 114.

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