Harpenden off the mark at last with comfortable Letchworth stroll
- Credit: Picture: DANNY LOO
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.
It isn’t enough to lift them out of the bottom two but it does close the gap on Hertford to just 11 points.
The victory was built on a solid bowling attack and a clinical batting performance.
Harpenden won the toss and on an overcast day they put the visitors to The Common into bat.
It was a more spirited performance with the bat than previous weeks for Letchworth and they made decent progress against the new ball.
That was until Will Aitkenhead was dismissed for 28 by Tom Beasley, caught by Ben Clements, with the score on 37.
Ben Frazer struck shortly after to claim the wicket of Letchworth skipper Tom Simmons and by lunch they were 113-6.
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Maxford Pipe proved the thorn in the side though and he batted to 79 before being run out, leaving the visitors on 205-9.
Frazer went on to add two more wickets and final figures of 3-39 while Clements managed 2-38.
Scott Galloway was the other man to take a wicket.
Letchworth managed to get two wickets before the score got to 60 but that’s when Harpenden took a firm grasp of proceedings.
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.
Harpenden make the short trip to the other side of St Albans on Saturday to face Radlett.
The fifth and sixth teams were also celebrating after wins.
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.
And the sixths enjoyed an eight-wicket win at home to Botany Bay.
However, the seconds had a tough day away to Old Owens as they lost by 170 runs.
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.
Barney Francis hit 54 in reply but Harpenden only got to 147.
The thirds lost to Hemel Hempstead by six wickets and the fourths game was conceded.