Chellew stars as Redbourn pick up first win

Young Adam Pritchard bowls to Omari Allen

Young Adam Pritchard bowls to Omari Allen - Credit: Archant

Chris Chellew was the star of the show as Redbourn registered their first SHL Division Two win at the fifth time of asking.

The number three played a poised innings, racking up 62 runs in 98 balls, before returning with the ball to skittle the tail-end and ensure Redbourn a 45-run win.

Having lost two of its opening four fixtures and had two cancelled because of the weather, captain Ben Roe chose to bat first in the hope his team could set a commanding total for Cockfosters to chase.

Opener William Hales opened with gusto, hitting two fours on his way to 13 from 19 balls before he was caught.

The second-wicket partnership of Chellew and Gary Sandford (30) proved key as they took the score to 66 before the latter was removed.

By the time Chellew was caught, Redbourn were 124-4. His was not the only impressive performance: Paul Smith (30) and Daniel Roe (24) enjoyed good knocks as Redbourn posted 188.

Jon Fleming opened the bowling attack and removed both openers with less than 40 on the board.

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But it was Adam Pritchard who did most of the heavy lifting as he tore through the middle order on his way to a five-wicket haul.

The captain turned the ball over to Chellew and he took three wickets in just over seven overs to seal the victory.