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Sun 30th Sep - Season ends (?) with a close win

In an enjoyable game against Brentham CC we held on to clinch victory by 7 runs. Batting first, we slipped to 16-3 but then Az and Jimmy resumed their run battle and put on 148. Az was out for 72 and Jimmy remained on 69 not out in our total of 170-5. The Brentham reply got off to a quick start but was then halted by a stunning catch by Suli to dismiss the dangerous opener. The visitors kept up with the run rate early on but could not quite manage to reach the target as the lower middle order failed to maintain the pressure despite 52 not out from A Shah. 3 wickets for Haseeb as he continues to stake his claim as an all rounder and 2 for young Harry Bennie.

Sun 16th Sep - Az falls further behind

In a shameless attempt to catch up with Jimmy in the season run total, Az promoted himself to open. However this didn't help as Jimmy hit 103 compared to Az's 55 to forge further ahead. Jason Hawkridge added 80 not out as we finished on 286-4 from our 40 overs against Frogmore.  Az then bowled a couple of overs but had to leave the field with a back problem and to add insult to injury, Haseeb got another wicket, while Az still waits to break his duck! Wickets were shared around as Frogmore got to 180-9 in their innings, with Tom Klymkiw leading the way taking 3-25. Special mention to Will Hill who surely dropped the easiest catch of the season.....

 

Sun 9th Sep - Haseeb's an all rounder

An enjoyable game against a young Northchurch side saw Haseeb Ashraf take his first wickets for the club as he ran through the lower order, taking 5-15. Earlier he  scored 35 in a total of 150, with Harry Lee (42) and Derek Gower (20) the main contributors. Northchurch finished on 115 all out to give us a win by 35 runs.

Sun 2nd Sep - Multiple jugs?

Unbeaten half centuries from Jimmy Pickard and Jason Lane-Sellers added 112 for the 5th wicket as we finished on 222-4 away at Studham. Will Hill then took control with 5-34 as the home side were dismissed for 92.

Sat 1st Sep - League season ends with a win, but.....

...we had to settle for second place in the end. Batting first against Old Cholmeleians, we scored 250-8 from our 50 overs. Harry Lee top scored with 61, Jim Hart scored 54 and Jimmy Pickard 49. The OC reply showed some resistance from the middle order, but they were eventually bowled out for 214; 3 wickets for Michael Gurney and 2 each for Jonny, Luke and Will.

Sat 25th August - Keeping up the chase

A 54 run win over Luton Town & Indians 4ths kept up the winning run, but with Greenwood Park also winning we remain 1 point behind in the title race.

Sun 19th August - Herts Village Trophy WINNERS

Congratulations to the first team as they put in two magnificent performances to win the HVT for the first time. Full report here HVT Finals day 2018

Sat 18th August - Battle continues at top

A narrow win over Flitwick 3rds ensured that we remain just 1 point off the top of the table. Batting first we scored 194, with skipper Jimmy Pickard left on 99 not out at the end. Flitwick came close but ended up 11 runs short from their 50 overs.

Sat 11th August - Winning sequence extended

The firsts kept up the pressure in the title race with a 7 wicket win over Langleybury 3rds. 3 wickets for Jonny Turney and 2 each for Ian Dyde and Anthony Fenn as the visitors were bowled out for 121. Jimmy Pickard led the response with 46 as we reached the target in 22 overs.

Sun 5th August - Last over cliffhanger ends in defeat

A close encounter with Greenwood Park ended in a loss by 2 runs. Batting first, GP put on 236 in their 40 overs. A spirited run chase ensued, but vital wickets fell in the last few overs leaving us agonisingly short....

Sat 4th August - CHAMPIONS ... 2nds secure title, firsts win again

The firsts won by 8 wickets against Wheathampstead 2nds, 60's for Jimmy Pickard and Az Akhtar. Still just one point behind the league leaders.

The seconds ended their season with a win at Rickmansworth 4ths to ensure finishing top. Derek Gower (51) and Jason Hawkridge (41) helped us to a competitive total of 190. Despite some late order hitting, the home team fell short by 37 runs thanks to a fine all round bowling performance.

Sat 28th July - Firsts back to winning ways, seconds lose

The firsts had a narrow win by 13 runs against Harpenden 4ths. The title race is now back on as Greenwood Park suffered an unexpected defeat to Langleybury 3rds, and now just one point separates the top 2.

The seconds lost by 95 runs to a strong Markyate team, but can still manage to top the division with a win in the final game.

Sun 21st July - Jimmy sets new record individual score

Jimmy Pickard hit 166 not out as we reached 267-4 against Redbourn. Jimmy and Derek Gower (34) added 163 for the 2nd wicket to set the base for a challenging total. Jason Lane-Sellers took 4-32 and Will Hill cleaned up the tail with a hat-trick bowling his leg spin as the visitors were bowled out for 162.

Sat 21st July - Firsts suffer first defeat of season

The first XI lost to Greenwood Park in a table-top clash. We were bowled out for just 115 and lost by 7 wickets to lose top spot in the table.

The seconds won by 109 runs at Old Minchendenians. Pete Raeburn (92) and Jason Lane-Sellers (65) put on over 150 for the 3rd wicket as we made 240 from our 40 overs. The home side were then bowled out for 131, with Gordon Scillitoe weaving his magic to mop up the tail.

Thu 19th July - Through to finals day

The firsts recorded another comprehensive victory as they advanced to finals day of the Herts Village Trophy. Aldenham were dismissed for 101 and then Haseeb (44no) and Michael Gurney (29) secured the win with more than 5 overs remaining. Finals day will be held on Sunday 19th August at Knebworth Park CC.

Sat 14th July - Another double win keeps title hopes on track

The firsts won by 7 wickets away at Ware, Michael Gurney took 5-12 as the home side were bowled out for 155. Will Hill then led the way with 80 as we reached the target with 22 overs to spare.

The seconds had a close game against Northwood 4ths. Chasing 193 to win, Andy Codling top scored with 39 not out as we hung on to win by 2 wickets,

Friday 13th July - Potten End win the Coronation Cup

After many years of trying, we finally managed to lift the Coronation Cup with victory over Eaton Bray. Chasing 140 to win, Az Akhtar led the way with 68 not out to secure a great victory.

Venue changes

Please note that the game on 8th July is AWAY at Northchurch as the entry in the fixture card was wrong. 

Also, the game v Redbourn on 22nd July has been switched to a home match.

Saturday 30th June - Another convincing win

Old Cholmeleians were the latest to suffer defeat at the hands of the firsts, as they were bowled out for just 67. We then knocked them off for the loss of 2 wickets in 13 overs.

Saturday 23rd June - Back to double winning ways

The firsts had a massive victory at Luton Town & Indians IV by 183 runs, as Az led the way with 110, followed by bowling them out for just 99. The seconds gained revenge for last weeks defeat by Hatch End II, racking up 261-3 from 40 overs with Pete Raeburn smashing an undefeated 116. Dave Raeburn then stepped in with a five wicket haul as the visitors were dismissed for 110.

 

Friday 22nd June - Into the final

The semi-final of the Coronation cup resulted in a 7 wicket win over local rivals Little Gaddesden. The final will take place at Ascott House on 13th July

Saturday 16th June - Firsts win, but seconds lose out in table top clash

The firsts hosted Flitwick 3rds and ran out winners by 7 wickets to maintain their unbeaten run, but the seconds lost a close game at Hatch End II by 14 runs.

Sunday 10th June - Unbeaten run continues

Original opponents Greenwood Park pulled out, so we arranged a home fixture with Finchley CC. An enjoyable game ensued, and would certainly have been much closer had the visitors not suffered 2 late withdrawals, leaving them with just 9 men. Batting first we scored 223 from 40 overs. JLS led the way with 58 and there were 40's from Az, Haseem and Jason Hawkridge. In reply the visitors made a spirited effort, but wickets fell regularly and the inniings closed on 178.

Saturday 9th June - 6 for Luke

A decisive victory by 136 runs at Langleybury 3rds saw the winning streak continue. Anthony Fenn (67 no), Will Hill (47) and Az Akhtar (38) were the highlights in our 263-5. Luke Hartman then starred with the ball, taking 6-31 as the home side were bowled out for 127.

Sunday 3rd June - Winning streak continues

A close game against near neighbours Studham saw the club's winning run extended to 12 games. Batting first we put on 188 from our 40 overs, led by skipper Az with 51 and 40 from Jimmy Pickard. The visitors made a steady start but then found themselves 7 down with over 100 still to get, thanks largely to a fantastic 6-24 from Jonny Turney. However with Josh Thompson (43 no) still at the crease, a win was not out of the question. Unfortunately he ran out of partners as Potten End wrapped up the tail for a 53 run win.

Saturday 2nd June - Another league double

Wheathampstead 2nds were the latest team to suffer defeat to the 1st XI. We batted first and made 171-8 from our 50 overs and then proceeded to bowl them out for 108.

The seconds were at home to another undefeated team, Rickmansworth 4ths. Batting first, we recovered from early losses to set a target of 175, Jason Hawkridge leading the way with 68. A fine bowling and fielding performance then saw the visitors dismissed for just 55. 4 wickets and 4 catches for Ian Dyde, and a blinding catch from skipper Jason Lee were the highlights.

 

Saturday 26th May - Firsts continue winning start

A comprehensive win over Harpenden 4ths as we scored 277-4 and bowled them out for just 114.

The 2nd XI game was off as Markyate were unable to field a side.

Sunday 27th May - A fine victory away at Reed in a conference fixture. The home side put on a challenging 213-5 but Jimmy Pickard (75 no) and Will Hill (94 no) guided us to a marvellous 10 wicket win.

Sunday 20th May

An enjoyable game against Berko Dads resulted in a win by 39 runs. Batting first, we posted 202 from 30 overs, thanks largely to Az Akhtar (84) and Will Hill (30). In reply the visitors made a solid start and at one stage an away win looked a possibility. Openers Rao (63 no) and Spooner (45) kept the scoreboard moving until a late burst of 4-24 from Dave Hill cleaned up the tail.

Sat 19th May - Double wins

The firsts secured a victory by 8 wickets as they chased down a target of 152 at Greenwood Park. The seconds beat Old Michendians 2nds by 45 runs, thanks to a partnership of 107 between David (41 no) & Peter Raeburn (81).

Sat 12th May - Wet Wet Wet

The 1st XI game at home to Ware was abandoned after just 8 overs. The seconds won a game that probably shouldn't have been finished, but credit to everyone for sticking with it to achieve a 6 wicket win at Northwood IV.

 

70 not out for Raz

Our groundsman, builder, ex-player, treasurer, coach, umpire, welfare officer and long time fixture secretary Ian Raeburn (Raz) recently celebrated his 70th birthday. In recognition of his fantastic efforts over the past 40 years or so, club members contributed to a collection which has enabled us to send Raz to Sri Lanka in November for the test match in Kandy. Many of us also joined in his celebration at Hemel Town FC.

 

 

5th May - Winning start to league season

2 emphatic wins to get the season going. The firsts bowled out St Albans 3rds for just 41, and the seconds dismissed Hatfield & Crusaders 4ths for 63. And the sun shone all day, not always the case at the start of the season!

AGM highlights 

Player of the year- Az Ahktar
Younger player of the year- Jess Harding
Batting cup - Luke Hartman
Bowling cup - Michael Gurney
League batting / bowling - Az Ahktar/ Jim Hart
New committee:
President - Mic Sheehan
Chairman - David Raeburn
Treasurer - Ian Raeburn
Secretary - Olivia Mansfield
Fixture Secretary Derek Gower
1st XI -Jimmy Pickard /Harry Lee
2nd XI - Jason Lee / Paul Dyde
Sunday- Az Ahktar / Dave Haggie

New winter nets time - Wednesday 9-10pm 
New anti discrimination clause added to the constitution

 

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