London Colney continue to lead the way at the halfway point of the season with win

London Colney's Andy Cole. Picture: MATT BRISTOW

London Colney's Andy Cole. Picture: MATT BRISTOW - Credit: Archant

London Colney stayed top of SHCL Division Six A with a five-wicket win over Old Finchelians 2nds.

London Colney's Mitch Bradley. Picture: MATT BRISTOW

London Colney's Mitch Bradley. Picture: MATT BRISTOW - Credit: Archant

It means they are still undefeated at the halfway point of this season with six wins, two draws and a no-result from their nine games, and they lead Old Albanian 2nds by 13 points.

After winning the toss skipper Scott Hadley had no hesitation in asking Old Finchelians to bat.

With the strength of Colneys’ bowling line up Hadley was confident they could keep Finchley down to a chaseable score.

The opening bowlers of Andy Cole and Tim Fretter kept things very tight and apart from a few edges through the vacant slip positions, Colney were well on top.

After 20 overs they had Old Finchelians on 45-4.

With the introduction of Matt Bristow and John Pinkham, Colney continued to keep a lid on proceedings.

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Only a partnership between the Depala brothers got Old Finchelians up to 142 in 50 0vers.

Both Cole and Bristow ended up the pick of the bowlers with three wickets each.

Colney’s reply got of to a quick start with Bristow and Rick Zeiderman scoring freely.

When Bristow was bowled for 20 in 10 overs, Colney were well in control at 47-1.

However, the next 10 overs were not as good for the visitors as three wickets fell for just 30 runs.

It was a run that kept Old Fichelians in the game.

But that just allowed Cole to step up and hit a quick fire 37 to all but seal the game for Colney.

It was left to Mitch Bradley (27*) and Adrian Fisher to see Colney over the line.

They will be looking to continue their good run of form on Saturday when they entertain Bovingdon at Green Street.

However, it was a tough day at the office for the 2nds against Redbourn 3rds in Division Nine B.

After winning the toss and electing to bat they never really got going, ending up 116 all out.

The only resistance came from Uzman Zaman who scored 55.

And despite taking four Redbourn wickets, the score was chased down with relative ease in just 25 overs.

They sit sixth in the table but will be looking to bounce back on Saturday when they go to the side directly below them, Abbots Langley 3rds.