Latham impresses but Harps lose T20 opener

Simon White took two wickets and scored 36 runs for Harpenden. Picture: Alastair Crowe

Simon White took two wickets and scored 36 runs for Harpenden. Picture: Alastair Crowe - Credit: Archant

Harpenden CC are bottom of the Readers County T20 Cup North division after losing their opening fixture.

Nick Lamb’s side were beaten by a single run by Sawbridgeworth on Monday.

Sawbridgeworth won the toss and elected to bat first and their top three batsmen put them in an excellent position as they raced to 86-3. Alex Anon (56) bludgeoned 11 boundaries in 26 balls.

The rest of the line-up struggled in the face of Harpenden’s bowling attack as Ben Frazer (4-25) added four wickets to the four he took in the league on Saturday and Will Jones (1-13) took his first scalp of the season.

Simon White (2-25) and Dan Wightman (2-15), who also had a run out, snared the top order of Sawbridgeworth’s batting line-up.

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Harpenden’s reply struggled out of the gate with only Scott Galloway (10) reaching double figures in the top five.

At 37-7, James Latham (49*) and White (36) steadied the ship and accelerated the score towards the target. The pair put on a 83-run eight wicket stand before White was bowled by Danny Wilson (1-12).

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Guy Watts (2) came to the crease with Harpenden needing 11 from the last seven deliveries. Latham and Watts added three runs before the latter was removed with the penultimate ball of the game.

Latham ended his impressive innings with a six off the last ball as Harpenden ended two runs shy of victory.

Harpenden’s next T20 games are on Monday, May 26 when they face Letchworth Garden City and Hertford at the Common.

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