Welyn Garden City 2nd Xi 162-9-53 overs
North Enfield 1stXi 164-8-45.5 overs
North Enfield 1stXi moved in to third place in the Hertfordshire cricket league division 2b, with their 4th win of the season at home over Welyn Garden City 2ndXi. The visiting team won the toss and decided to bat first. North Enfield’s bowlers were pleased with that decision, as it soon became clear that the inclement weather during the week had tipped conditions toward the bowlers favor, with the ball seaming past the batsmen’s edge. Derrick Sanders(3-60) took a couple of early wickets and after 8 overs Welyn were 24-2. As the middle order started to rebuild North Enfield looked to restrict the runs, with A V Khan(1-23) bowling his first 9 overs for 10 runs and S Gandy(2-26) his 12 overs for 26. As the pressure started to build the wickets started to fall at regular intervals and despite a dogged 48 from H Patel, Welyn could only manage 162 from their 53 overs.
North Enfield’s innings started well enough. With Opener Kieran Jones(87*) finding gaps in the field and rotating the strike. When the third wicket of C Gillman(10) fell in the 17th over with the score on 65 North Enfield were well placed. But then some good bowling from S Kanade(4-46) and L Mitchell(3-41) caused a middle order collapse and the home side found themselves 100-7 after 32 overs. But a watchful 30 run partnership between jones and number 9 Sanders saw off the Welyn danger men. And when Sanders fell for 14 in the 41st over North Enfield needed 33 from 6 overs. With Welyn’s bowlers returning and struggling to exert the same kind of control as Mitchell and Kanade, number 10 Khan(18*) and Jones found the gaps and kept the scoreboard ticking towards the total. But then with 3 overs to go Khan pulled his Hamstring and needed a runner. With the confusion that this can bring Khan and Jones decided on a different tactic, why run when you can smash boundaries. So took the attack to the bowlers and hit 26 from 3 overs reaching the target with an over to spare.
North Enfield travel to Potton Town next week.
North Enfield 2nd Xi where away at Letchworth Garden city 3rdXi and the wicket was a little wet so the toss was important. The home team won and put North Enfield in to bat.
With the wicket holding up and very hard to bat on, yet again North Enfield lost an early wicket as Alex Williams was caught in the 4th over. Mark Ricketts and Richard White moved the score to 40 but both fell in consecutive balls. Wickets kept falling and North Enfield found themselves 57-7 Garry Orton (38no) and Steve maskall (27) pushed the score above 100, but North Enfield where dismissed for 121. With the wicket drying out and getting easier to bat on the Letchworth batsman found it easier to score and reached the target with the loss of only 2 wickets. leaving North Enfield bottom of Division 6b.