Gallery: Lamb carries Harpenden past WGC into final

Daniel Blacktop bats for Harpenden

Daniel Blacktop bats for Harpenden - Credit: Archant

Captain Nick Lamb put Harpenden on his shoulders and carried them past Welwyn Garden City and into the Saracens Herts play-off final.

Coming in at number four, Lamb put on partnerships of 78 with Dan Blacktopp (47) and 43 with Will Jones (25) to put Harpenden on the front foot.

In fact, Welwyn had to turn to their former England and Middlesex all-rounder Owais Shah to finally pry Lamb away from the crease. Having spent over an hour-and-a-half in the middle, Lamb was clean bowled by Shah for 70.

His innings helped Harpenden to 240-9 from the 50 over and Welwyn had it all to do if they were going to reach the final.

However, Jamie Hewitt’s side were never allowed out of second gear as Harpenden’s bowling attack of Ben Frazer, Guy Watts, Jones, Simon White and Dan Wightman kept the pressure on.

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It was Lamb, though, who finished off Welwyn. Calling his own name with the score on 144-8, the captain needed just four balls to take the final two wickets and wrap up the win.

The victory sets up a final showdown with Radlett, who beat Bishop’s Stortford by eight wickets in the other semi-final.

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The final takes place this Saturday at Welwyn’s Digswell Park, starting at 11am.

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