Explosive game but London Colney’s big-hitters come good at the right moment
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It was as if the Big Bash League had landed at Green Street as London Colney edged a high-scoring shoot-out in SHCL Division Five A against Waltham Cross Rosedale.
The home batsmen’s form has been shaky over the last few weeks meaning results haven’t always gone the way they had hoped.
But there were no worries here as they all hit their stride to get Colney home with seven balls to spare.
After losing the toss Colney were put in the field and it looked like it was going to a long day when opening bowlers Andy Cole and Tim Fretter didn’t quite get it right and on a very flat batting track with a very fast outfield.
The visitors raced to 90-1 after just 10 overs but the introduction of Simon Fretter and Uzman Zaman stem the flow of runs slightly.
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Rosedale were still managing a run-rate of around four or five an over with number three Ian Barrie hitting the ball to all parts.
A missed catching opportunity proved costly as Barrie went on to complete a fabulous 148, Tim Fretter finally claiming his scalp, but Waltham still managed to post a huge 288.
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Scott Hadley took 4-48 while Cole, and both Fretter’s claimed two each.
But fears that the top order could misfire again were soon forgotten.
Colney had welcomed back Adam Buckmaster after a three-year absence due to injury and both he and Rick Zeiderman set off at five-an-over.
The loss of Buckmaster for 27 brought Alex Flett to the crease and he and Zeiderman continued the steady progress until Flett was out for 30.
Skipper Hadley came in and was at his aggressive best and with his power and Zeiderman working the ball well, Colney got into a good position with wickets in hand.
Zeiderman went for a well-played 64 and Hadley for 59 and a 50-run partnership between Tim Fretter and Cole from just 22 balls pushed them close.
When Fretter was bowled for 30, the hosts needed 30 off six overs.
Cole continued to hit boundaries before eventually being caught for 30 but it left them requiring five from three overs.
And chairman Paul Seymour was the match-winner, smashing a no-ball through square leg for four to spark jubilant scenes.