Hertford CC vs. Weekenders
Weekenders lost by 106 runs
Hertford CC 297-7 decl.
Holmes 8-1-47-1; Dunne 14-4-46-0; Whitehead 13-0-78-3; Husaini 6-0-37-0; Lyons 5-0-32-2; d'Inverno 4.5-0-38-0
WCC 191 all out off 49 overs
Maloney 12, Hogben 3, Husaini 9, Bailey 8, Marshall 30, Holmes 79, Lee 7, Lyons 19 Dunne 1, Whitehead 0*, d'Inverno 0.
Once again an heroic fielding display by the Weekenders on what was a flat batting wicket but which did little to make our way through Hertford's openers. Last year our nemesis with the ball Eric Riddle skippering Hertford played a patient and assured innings of 147 before being run out from a lightning bolt ball fielded and thrown direct to stumps from some 30 yards by Husaini. A rare opportunity fortunately taken. d'Inverno's fielding body checks, Bailey's footwork at 'whereabouts' fine leg and several LBW wickets attest to a committed and 'shouty' field. Just shy of 300 Hertford declared as yet another confident and assured Hertford 13 year old called Ashan began to dissect the weekenders field with some fine aggressive stroke play.
Following a luxurious lunch, enough to immerse the finest of us in our post prandial slippers, the Weekenders let another 100 runs pass and thence to the crease and a tall run race.
The Weekenders response stalled through the openers until the middle order of Marshall and Holmes took advantage of the wicket and played expansively to the boundaries. Lyons played on to restore some continuity in our highest hopes but to no avail as the Weekenders entered the forlorn after effects of a fine tea and cakes.
A fine day, and thanks to all at Hertford CC for their excellent company and youthful encouragement.