27/6/21 – Triple winning weekend. Michael Gurney (45) and Jimmy Pickard (4-21) led the way in a 19 run win over Cheshunt Rosedale II. The seconds won a tight game against Watford 4ths, with Dave Hill taking 5-30 and then Ryan Luke (45) and Jason Hawkridge (69 no) securing the win by 1 wicket in the penultimate over. The Sunday team won by 7 wickets at Old Merchant Taylors.
19/6/21 – Firsts called off, seconds lose. Apologies for the recent absence of headlines, no excuses! The 1st team game at Potters Bar was called off, whilst the seconds lost a close encounter with Old Albanian IV by 24 runs. Highlight (apart from the countless dropped catches by either side) was a fine 99 from OA’s Matthew Turner.
15/5/21 – Firsts lose, seconds abandoned. The firsts lost away at Hatfield & Crusaders II. Batting first, Jimmy & Michael put on 56 for the first wicket, but after that only Haseeb (35) was able to hang around as we were bowled out for 148. The seconds had another frustrating week with a reduced overs match eventually being abandoned without reaching the minimum overs for a result.
9/5/21 – Last ball defeat. The Sunday team lost a high scoring game at Boxmoor with their opener Ben Mannering hitting a six from the final ball, finishing on 146 not out. Tommee Seaton and Az Akhtar hit half centuries for the Enders
8/5/21 – Firsts win opening league fixture. The new covers played an important role in getting a game on, albeit reduced to 33 overs per side. Jimmy Pickard (66) and Az Akhtar (52) helped us to 227-8. In reply Old Elizabethans 2nds ended 66 runs short on 161-7
8/5/21 – Seconds off due to rain. The game away to Harpenden VI was a victim of the weather.
2/5/21- Late venue switch no barrier to success. Due to a pitch mix-up, the game was switched to a home match. Luton’s Jaidesh top scored with 103 not out in a total of 201-5. In reply Jimmy Pickard led the way with 57 not out as the PE top 4 made short work of it, wining with 10 overs to spare
1/5/21 – Centuries for both skippers, but only one win. Michael Gurney* hit 108 away at Southgate Adelaide, but the hosts won a tight game by 4 wickets in the last over. The 2nds hosted Shenley 4ths; Pete Raeburn hit 105 as we reached 244-4 from 35 overs, then David Raeburn took 4-38 to set up a win by 41 runs. *Apologies to Michael – original report gave this ton to Az – my mistake!
25/4/21 – The Sunday team suffered a heavy defeat at home to a Watford Town XI. Batting first the visitors smashed 363-3 from their 40 overs. This proved a bit too much, despite half centuries from Michael Gurney, Haseeb Ashraf and Az Akhtar.
24/4/21 – The 2021 season got off to a winning start as the firsts travelled to Little Gaddesden. Batting first we scored 188-4 from 35 overs, with Haseeb Ashraf leading the way with 86 not out. The hosts fell 17 runs short with wickets shared amongst the bowlers.
The seconds had a close game against Knotty Green 3rds, falling 12 runs short of the target of 215. Top scorer was Tommee Seaton with 56.
Happy New Year to everyone, stay safe and look forward to better things in 2021.
So, we come to the end of a challenging season, not one that any of us could have imagined at the start of the year. Despite all of the uncertainties and strange playing conditions, there has been a good deal of competitive cricket, albeit without the attraction of a traditional cricket tea! The weather has played its part too with only one day lost to rain. Let’s hope that next season can see a return to something more ‘normal’ – and, of course, flapjack.
12/9/20 – Champions…. Congratulations to the 2nd XI who ended the season at the top of Regional Div A West, despite a final day defeat to Watford Town 4ths. Click here to see lots of pics taken by Lawrence on the day.
The 1st XI’s final game saw a 35 run victory at Rickmansworth 2nds and they finish in 4th place in Div 6B in this shortened season.
7/9/20 – 3 good wins over the weekend as the first team beat Potters Bar 3rds by 115 runs, whilst the seconds enjoyed a 4 wicket win over Old Albanians 4th team. The Sunday team chalked up a victory by around 40 runs against Friends XI (scoresheet is a bit vague in places!)