Harpenden off the mark at last with comfortable Letchworth stroll

PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 June 2018 | UPDATED: 16:24 22 June 2018

Harpenden's Ben Frazer traps Letchworth Garden City's Tom Simmons LBW in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Harpenden's Ben Frazer traps Letchworth Garden City's Tom Simmons LBW in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Harpenden picked up their first Saracens Herts Cricket League Premier Division win of the season in style by beating Letchworth Garden City by seven wickets.

Letchworth Garden City's Matt Bridge faces a delivery from Harpenden's Tom Beasley in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOLetchworth Garden City's Matt Bridge faces a delivery from Harpenden's Tom Beasley in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

It isn’t enough to lift them out of the bottom two but it does close the gap on Hertford to just 11 points.

Harpenden's Tom Beasley prepares to bowl in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOHarpenden's Tom Beasley prepares to bowl in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

The victory was built on a solid bowling attack and a clinical batting performance.

Harpenden's Tom Beasley prepares to bowl in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOHarpenden's Tom Beasley prepares to bowl in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Harpenden won the toss and on an overcast day they put the visitors to The Common into bat.

Harpenden in the field in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOHarpenden in the field in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

It was a more spirited performance with the bat than previous weeks for Letchworth and they made decent progress against the new ball.

Harpenden wicket keeper in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOHarpenden wicket keeper in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

That was until Will Aitkenhead was dismissed for 28 by Tom Beasley, caught by Ben Clements, with the score on 37.

Harpenden in the field in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOHarpenden in the field in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Ben Frazer struck shortly after to claim the wicket of Letchworth skipper Tom Simmons and by lunch they were 113-6.

Harpenden during a drinks break in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOHarpenden during a drinks break in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Maxford Pipe proved the thorn in the side though and he batted to 79 before being run out, leaving the visitors on 205-9.

Letchworth Garden City's Matt Bridge faces a delivery in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOLetchworth Garden City's Matt Bridge faces a delivery in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Frazer went on to add two more wickets and final figures of 3-39 while Clements managed 2-38.

Harpenden's Ben Frazer bowls in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOHarpenden's Ben Frazer bowls in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Scott Galloway was the other man to take a wicket.

Letchworth Garden City's Maxford Pipe plays a shot in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOLetchworth Garden City's Maxford Pipe plays a shot in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Letchworth managed to get two wickets before the score got to 60 but that’s when Harpenden took a firm grasp of proceedings.

Letchworth Garden City's Matt Bridge faces a delivery in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOLetchworth Garden City's Matt Bridge faces a delivery in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Frazer was stopped six short of his half-century but he was the only other man to fall as Clements hit an unbeaten 75, including 10 fours and two sixes, and James Latham hit a rapid 42 not out.

Letchworth Garden City's Matt Bridge faces a delivery in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOLetchworth Garden City's Matt Bridge faces a delivery in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Harpenden make the short trip to the other side of St Albans on Saturday to face Radlett.

Letchworth Garden City's Tom Simmons walks off after losing his wicket against Harpenden in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOLetchworth Garden City's Tom Simmons walks off after losing his wicket against Harpenden in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

The fifth and sixth teams were also celebrating after wins.

Letchworth Garden City's Matt Bridge in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOLetchworth Garden City's Matt Bridge in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Piers Connolly was the top scorer with 82, ably-assisted by 64 from Ian Wedd, as the fifths won by 86 runs against London Colney.

Harpenden's Ben Frazer traps Letchworth Garden City's Tom Simmons LBW in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOHarpenden's Ben Frazer traps Letchworth Garden City's Tom Simmons LBW in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

And the sixths enjoyed an eight-wicket win at home to Botany Bay.

Letchworth Garden City's Tom Simmons walks off in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOLetchworth Garden City's Tom Simmons walks off in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

However, the seconds had a tough day away to Old Owens as they lost by 170 runs.

Harpenden celebrate a wicket in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOHarpenden celebrate a wicket in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

The hosts made 317-8 in the first innings, Rhys Carter bashing 143, and only John Card had any luck with the ball as he took 4-78.

Harpenden's Ben Frazercelebrates a wicket in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOHarpenden's Ben Frazercelebrates a wicket in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

Barney Francis hit 54 in reply but Harpenden only got to 147.

Harpenden's Ben Frazer traps Letchworth Garden City's Tom Simmons LBW in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOOHarpenden's Ben Frazer traps Letchworth Garden City's Tom Simmons LBW in the match between Harpenden and Letchworth. Picture: DANNY LOO

The thirds lost to Hemel Hempstead by six wickets and the fourths game was conceded.

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