West Indians are thrashed by Baldock

Baldock made it two wins in a row as they gave St Albans West Indians a rare thrashing at Avenue Park in Division Five. They were asked to bat first in gloomy conditions and openers James Peacock and Guy Wiggin added 39 for the first wicket. Peacock and G

Baldock made it two wins in a row as they gave St Albans West Indians a rare thrashing at Avenue Park in Division Five.

They were asked to bat first in gloomy conditions and openers James Peacock and Guy Wiggin added 39 for the first wicket.

Peacock and Graham Letford then put on 123 in good time before the latter was run out for 41. The opener was unperturbed and he went on to a superb hundred (106) - his third of the season.

Giles Naylor battered 52no with three huge sixes to take Baldock to an imposing 257-4 off 53 overs.

The reply was short and sweet as Baldock got among the wickets.

Alistair Jones (4-20 in 10 overs) and Logan Newman (2-26 in seven) cut a swathe through the top order with some fine bowling aided by some good catching especially from Robert Peacock who snaffled four.

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When Jones took his fourth wicket the score was 59-7.

It was left to Tim Dean and James Peacock to wrap the innings up, taking two wickets each, to leave the West Indians all out for 77 in 25.2 overs.

The seconds continued their push for promotion with a remarkable and dramatic two-wicket victory over Knebworth Park 5ths.

Park were in bother at 89-7 off 21 overs with Phil Lucy doing the damage in a fine opening spell.

Knebworth managed to get up to an impressive 236 all out off 38 overs due to a dashing century from skipper Mark Folwell who scored 117 with 17 fours and four sixes. Skipper Lucy took 5-80 from 15 overs.

Simon Goodlad (40) and Glen Orsman (37) did well in reply but with Baldock at 160-8 the game was in the balance. A great ninth wicket stand between Robin Salmon (32no) and Lucy (33no) of 81 saw Baldock home.

Ickleford Cricketers hung on grimly for a draw at Waltham Cross Rosedale 2nds.

They inserted the home side in windswept conditions and opening bowler Jon Hare took 3-42 as Waltham made slow progress. But a sixth wicket stand of more than 80 took them to 231-7 and a declaration.

Cricketers had 52 overs to attempt a win, and after a reasonable stand, they became bogged down.

Middle order batsman Sean Sehmby defied the bowlers to bat through more than 30 overs of fierce concentration for 38no as Cricketers finished on 175-9 to earn a grim draw.

The phrase catches win matches certainly applied as Bragbury got back to winning ways against Luton Town and Indians 3rds.

Batting first following the morning rain, Bragbury found it tough going on a damp pitch.

Graham Clarke and Mark Lengthorn (36 apiece) held the innings together to ensure they set a target of 175 after 45 overs.

Luton Town and Indians got off to the worst possible start as four wickets fell in the first eight overs.

Rob Steptoe ripped through the top order to finish with 4-28 and despite a last wicket stand of 38, Luton Town and Indians were bowled out for 130 - all 10 wickets falling to catches.

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