Hemel duo smash tenth wicket partnership

Ali Leighton.
Ali Leighton.

At least Hemel first team managed a bit better this week with the bat scoring 270-9 rather than the 40 against WGC last week.

It might not have looked to be better at one stage when Hemel, put in by Potters, were 146-9 at the beginning of the 44th over. Richard Morton hit two of his first three balls from Usman Sahar, (5-58), for four and it did not stop from there.

Ali Leighton joined in the fun and the pair put on an undefeated partnership of 124 runs for the 10th wicket to get the Hemel score up to 270-9.

This far eclipsed the previous Hemel 10th wicket Herts League partnership of 56 between Duncan Howard & Pete Waterman in 2000 against Langleybury. The pair ended up Ali L 102 not out and Morton 39 not out.

But to no avail. Potters Bar obviously knew their wicket and Hemel’s bowlers were unable to make any impression on the Potters batsmen as they strolled to victory in 44 overs. 1-42 for Brad Finch and 1-48 for Brett Penny were the only bowling returns for Hemel.

Hemel IIs managed to achieve what the firsts failed to last week, gaining a win over Welwyn Garden City at the Heath Park. Batting first Hemel were able to rattle along to 234-7 enabling skipper Graham Clark to declare early, allowing more overs to bowl WGC out. A good early knock of 42 from Tom Waterton set thing going and then 62 from Chris Blunt managed to push Hemel firmly into the driving seat.

Hemel managed to take the WGC wickets in batches in their bowling. A couple of early strikes by Bryan Davies had WGC at 33-2, then Rory Fraser struck in the middle to put them down to 101-6. After a brief rally from some ex-first XI players in the WGC side the Hemel bowlers were able to clean up the tail. Bryan Davies came out with the best figures of 14.1-2-38-5.

Hemel IIIs’ bowlers managed to reap rewards at Flamstead as they bowled the home side out for 160 in 43 overs. Wickets shared amongst them which Liam Jahn doing the best with 3-26. Then, with little urgency, Hemel stroked off the necessary for the loss of only four wickets. Runs, like wickets, were fairly evenly shared, Ram Hussain topping with 31no, Aaron Wilson scoring 30 and Matt Dale 24. A comfortable 30 points and up to third in Div. 5A of the Herts League.

Frogmore showed why they are at the top of Div 8 B of the Herts League with a crushing batting display to dispose of Hemel IVs.

A score of 225 must have made Hemel IVs feel content, particularly Barney Stalin who smote an impressive 66, batting at no.8. But Frogmore took just 36.5 overs to see off the required runs for the loss of just two wickets. Opener Max Baskett hit 62 and fellow opener Alex Wiles bettered that with 101. All the bowlers took a battering with wickets only for Jim Langley (1-16) and Dawood Iqbal (1-51).

There was a crunching win for Hemel Sunday firsts against Eastcote, last year’s division winners, in the Chess Valley League Division One.

Last year Hemel had ended up runners up to Eastcote so this was sweet revenge. Hemel’s innings was built around the batting of Jack Doodson who ended up with 116no and with Sam Jenkinson (30) pushed Hemel up to a masterful score of 249-9. In reply Eastcote started well and had passed 100 for the loss of only one wicket.

Then skipper Brad Finch took control and in nine overs ran through Eastcote to take 6-38 and bowl them out for 211 to win the game by 38 runs.

It’s three wins out of three for Hemel II in the Chess Valley League Div Six after a thumping win over Finchley by 64 runs. Put in by Finchley after morning rain, Liam Jahn (44) and Ryan Wilson responded by putting on 79 for the first wicket in the first 21 overs. The game had been reduced to 40 overs per side and Dave Jenkins added a quick 26 to put Hemel towards a challenging total of 180-8.

Hemel had a lot of bowling in their side and were able to make good use of it. Skipper Rory Fraser snapped up 3-16, Charlie Hoskins 2-28 but it was the ex-1st XI wicketkeeper turned opening batsman and bowler Liam Jahn who stole the honours for the day. Coming on as seventh bowler in nine balls he took four wickets for one run, finishing the game off with an hat-trick.