Hertford CC (24/07/2018)

 

SHIMOGA, ONCE AGAIN THE NJ-INE ROOM; BUT ‘ENDERS JALOPY CAN’T CROSS FINISH LINE

 

Result: Weekenders Lost by 63 Runs

 

Hertford: 251 for 8 (48 overs)

Mallinson 8–2-44-1, Douglas 9–3-26-1,  Sharma 13-1–60-3, Vadon  11–2-61-1, Fordham 3-0–19-1,  Orwell 3-0-16-0,

 

Spring 74

 

Catches: six (unknown) + runout

 

WCC: 188 all out (47.1 overs)

T. Lyons 1, Shimoga 131, J.Lyons 5, Camp 0,  Fordham 8,  Orwell 6, Smee 1, Husaini 16, Douglas 1, Mallinson 0, Vadon 0 not out,

Extras: 16

 

Ives 3-29

 

We made a decent fist of our annual attempt to compete at Hertford’s cricket week, but now the memories must stretch back 17 years to recall the last victory at Balls Park.

 

The first session of ‘Enders bowling was tight, and despite dropped catches, took wickets leaving the fielders in buoyant mood as they sat down for lunch. Teenage leg-spin sensation,

Alfie Vadon, had looked particularly classy . More wickets fell to Bhuvan Sharma, but senior opening batter, Spring, played the sort of gritty innings that Test match curmudgeons

cherish. He nibbled the ball around on his way to an assured 74. Hertford arrived at their customary 250 after 48 overs, having lost 8 wickets; confirming a commendable fielding effort.

 

After tea, we began our response. Both generations of Lyons promptly lost their wickets, but NJ Shimoga played in a breathless fashion, shifting through the gears until he was utterl

smokin’. In the face of accurate bowling, no-one managed to stick with NJ, other than today’s skipper, Husaini. But Shimoga scored a century to rival his superb 2016 effort

at Chippenham.

 

Despite this, he inexplicably ended up on the losing side after providing 70% of the team’s runs. Hertford were wonderful hosts as ever; it’s a shame we couldn’t have fashioned

closer finish.

 

 

 

Another hot day in July saw the 'Enders wilting