Frustration for Harpenden but Dolphins pick up the win

Gregg Cooper got to 51 before rain forced Harpendens game with West Herts to be abandoned. Picture:

Gregg Cooper got to 51 before rain forced Harpendens game with West Herts to be abandoned. Picture: Danny Loo - Credit: Archant

Harpenden’s frustrating start to the new Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League Premier Division season continued as rain put pay to the vast majority of fixtures on Saturday.

They had reached 106-4 after 20 overs at home to West Herts on Saturday before the wet stuff caused the match to be abandoned.

Gregg Cooper had got to 51 not out, hitting eight fours and one six in the 62 balls he faced, while Jake Pankhurst had been caught while on 27.

The abandonment had followed last week’s cancellation at Potters Bar where a wet outfield meant play couldn’t go ahead.

The Walk had dried out though to host group B of the Readers County 20/20 on Sunday, although Harpenden’s frustrations were not eased there either.

They had put the hosts into bat in the semi-final but watched them get to 161-3 from their 20 overs, William Downes, Tom Beasley and John Card taking the wickets.

And in reply 41 from James Latham was the best they could manage as they were all out for 122 in the final over.

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They will hope for better fortune away to WGC on Saturday.

Harpenden Dolphins, however, did survive Saturday’s downpour to claim a narrow victory over Mill Hill Village 2nds.

Having won the toss and elected to bowl, openers Ollie Lacey (4-24) and Adam Driscoll (3-20) enjoyed favourable conditions and used them well, reducing the opposition to 46-7.

A wicket each for Ant Rayner, Ron Giovanni and Tom Roche wrapped up the innings at just 71.

Ali Javed top scored for the hosts with 21.

However, with the weather worsening further, this aided the hosts, who pulled themselves back into the game by limiting Dolphins to 35-5.

Ben Lewis and Driscoll were the only batsmen to reach double figures as the visitors limped towards the total.

Late wickets by Asif and Javed put Mill Hill within one wicket of an unlikely victory with Dolphins still needing six runs to win.

But an exciting match finished in the same light.

With the scores tied, Paul Bonney edged behind and was dropped by the wicket-keeper.

And as the ball fell safely behind the slip cordon, Bonney was called through for a quick single to give the Dolphins a one-wicket win.