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18/7/21 Another hot day, another win. London Maccabi Vale II were the visitors and posted 236 from their 45 overs. Harry Hayes took 4-47 and Junaid Ashiq wrapped up the tail with 3-7. The Potten End reply progressed steadily and then Junaid and Haseeb Ashraf put on an unbroken stand of 164 to reach the target with overs to spare. Both batsmen finished on 81 not out.
17/7/21 1sts skittle opposition, 2nds tie. Put into bat on a hot day (?), the 1sts scored 226-6 from their 40 overs and then ran through Hatfield and Crusaders II, bowling them out for just 37 in 16.3 overs. 4 wickets apiece for Junaid Ashiq and Jimmy Pickard.
The seconds scored 198 at St Albans IV, with Pete Raeburn top scoring with 75. The SA reply went all the way to the last ball and they finished on 198-9!
10/7/21 Double league wins. The 1sts travelled to Old Elizabethans 2nds and bowled them out for 125 with the wickets shared amongst the bowlers. Harry Lee (61 not out) led the response, aided by 26 from James Hayes to secure a 6 wicket win with plenty of overs to spare.
The seconds hosted Harpenden 6ths. Skipper Pete Raeburn hit 60 in the total of 176-7 from our 40 overs. Opening bowlers John Peppett and Harry Hayes kept the run rate well below the required level, and despite some middle order resistance, the visitors were dismissed for 116.
9/7/21 – Runners-up in Coronation Cup. A below par batting performance was the primary cause for defeat to Aston Clinton in the final. Only Jimmy Pickard (24) and PAddy Ashton (28 not out) reached double figures in a disappointing total of 101-9 from 20 overs, with the AC skipper taking 5-9. Despite some tight bowling and fielding, AC were able to reach the taget in the 19th over having lost 7 wickets.
4/7/21 – Rain could not stop us. Credit to Studham as a heavy downpour before the start and another one just after the break wasn’t enough to prevent the game being completed. James Hayes (76) and Tommee Seaton (59) laid the foundation for a decent target of 204 from 30 overs. Wickets fell regularly in the home team’s replay and only a late flurry from Rob Thorne (51) took the total to 160.
3/7/21 – Firsts win, seconds lose a cliffhanger. Andy Lee (47) led a recovery from 116-8 to a reasonable total of 169. Michael Gurney and JD Ashiq then took 4 apiece as Watton-at-Stone fell 18 runs short. The seconds lost a great game at home to Abbots Langley thirds. Two runs were needed from the last ball with the last pair at the wicket, but sadly John was caught behind!
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