Winning run ends for Harps but not before leaders WGC are given an almighty scare

PUBLISHED: 15:22 18 July 2019

WGC V Harpenden - Nick Lamb batting for Harpenden.


Picture: Karyn Haddon

WGC V Harpenden - Nick Lamb batting for Harpenden. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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Welwyn Garden City made it four wins in a row to strengthen their hold on top spot in Herts Cricket League Premier Division - but the success against Harpenden was not as straight forward as some of those victories.

WGC V Harpenden .


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Harpenden . Picture: Karyn Haddon

The hard-fought encounter at Digswell Park saw Welwyn get home with three wickets and one over to spare and ended the visitors own good run of three straight wins.

WGC V Harpenden - Simon Bridgewater bowling for WGC.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Harpenden - Simon Bridgewater bowling for WGC. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The game began with a similar pattern, Welwyn winning the toss and electing to field in an attempt to strangle the life out of any batting attack.

WGC V Harpenden - Aaron Burrage batting for Harpenden.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Harpenden - Aaron Burrage batting for Harpenden. Picture: Karyn Haddon

But the pace attack of Connor Emerton and David O'Sullivan found life difficult from the off as Harpenden's openers, Tom

WGC V Harpenden .


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Harpenden . Picture: Karyn Haddon

Beasley and skipper Nick Lamb, became the first opening pair this season to put on a partnership of 50 for the first wicket.

WGC V Harpenden .


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Harpenden . Picture: Karyn Haddon

The visitors got two more runs before Owais Shah's hands held on to a Beasley shot.

WGC V Harpenden .


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Harpenden . Picture: Karyn Haddon

Spinners Matthew Grant and Simon Bridgewater stemmed the flow of runs and picked up three wickets between them, including Lamb for 42, as Harpenden were reduced to 96-4.

WGC V Harpenden - Simon Bridgewater bowling for WGC.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Harpenden - Simon Bridgewater bowling for WGC. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Aaron Burrage batted well in partnerships of 39 with Andrew Neal and 35 with Caleb Stewart on his way to 43 but his wicket spelled the beginning of the end and although they got through 60 overs, they finished on 198-9.

WGC V Harpenden .


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Harpenden . Picture: Karyn Haddon

Simon Bridgewater finished with the best figures of 3-54, ably supported by Grant, Shah and Emerton who all claimed two wickets each.

WGC V Harpenden - WGC's Dan Blacktopp.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Harpenden - WGC's Dan Blacktopp. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Openers Louis Champion and Owais Shah gave WGC a brisk start to their innings, scoring 32 in the first three overs, before Champion fell to a catch on the boundary.

WGC V Harpenden - Aaron Burrage batting for Harpenden.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Harpenden - Aaron Burrage batting for Harpenden. Picture: Karyn Haddon

But things still seemed to be going well as Dan Blacktopp (51) and Alex Chalker (30) took Welwyn onto 129-2 with a no-risk approach.

WGC V Harpenden - Aaron Burrage batting for Harpenden.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Harpenden - Aaron Burrage batting for Harpenden. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Arthur Garrett had a different idea and his 4-72 dragged Harpenden back into the game, with WGC on 153-6.

WGC V Harpenden - WGC's Jamie Hewitt.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Harpenden - WGC's Jamie Hewitt. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The hosts' strong batting line-up managed to see them through though, even despite losing another wicket and Grant and O'Sullivan finished the game off just in time.

WGC V Harpenden - Aaron Burrage batting for Harpenden.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Harpenden - Aaron Burrage batting for Harpenden. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Aside from Garrett Jack Doyle bagged 2-22.

WGC V Harpenden - Aaron Burrage batting for Harpenden.


Picture: Karyn HaddonWGC V Harpenden - Aaron Burrage batting for Harpenden. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Harpenden play at home to Bishop's Stortford on Saturday.

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