Allenburys & County Hall’s reply got of to a shaky start With Sanders(1-24) taking a wicket in the first over and Abdul Vahid Khan (2-22) bowling his customary immaculate line and length. Allenburys & County Hall were 2-13 after 12 overs, a score that could have been worse but for missed chances. Then after the first of the rain showers came, the wicket seemed to flatten out along with the ball getting wet, which nullified the effect of NECC’s swing bowlers. Number 3 batsmen J Schlaepfer(55no) batted well and kept the runs ticking over and when captain Andrew Szemiako(23no) came to the crease only 37 runs were needed. Which they got with 6 wickets and 3.4 overs to spare.
North Enfield face Bushy at Strayfield Road next week.
North Enfield 2ndXi secured a good win to lift themselves off the bottom of the table, away at Hatfield & Crusaders 2ndXi. Captain Garry Orton won the toss and decided to bowl as he thought the wicket might offer the bowlers some assistance first up. He was right as the opening bowlers Jack Conningsby(2-42) and Richard White(5-23) took early wickets to leave the opposition struggling. But an 8th wicket stand of 67 frustrated North Enfield until the partnership was broken by Darren Atkins(2-19) and finished off by Mahroof Ebrahim(1-0) leaving Hatfield & Crusaders 2ndXi on 136 from 47 overs.
After losing an early wicket in their reply, a 101 run partnership between Ben Conway(39) and Faizel Patel(64) nearly got North Enfield over the line in style. But a late collapse saw North Enfield lose 4 more wickets to get the last 30 runs. Which they did with 6 overs to spare.