Luke Samarasinghe century sees Wheathampstead pick up 18 points

Adam Winchester hooks off his pads

Adam Winchester hooks off his pads - Credit: Archant

DEBUTANT Luke Samarasinghe scored the first league century at Normansland in 13 years as Wheathampstead drew their opening game of the season.

Luke Samarasinghe hooks to leg side

Luke Samarasinghe hooks to leg side - Credit: Archant

Having chosen to bat, Wheathampstead were 24-2 until Adam Winchester (42) put on a 77-run partnership with Samarasinghe for the third wicket.

Richard Winchester (28) and Adam Robbins (23no) showed great support but it was Samarasinghe’s day as he routinely found the boundary and holes in the field on his way to 115.

When he finally fell in the 49th over Wheathampstead saw out 12 more balls before declaring on 253-6, sitting firmly in the driving seat.

The momentum carried over into the bowling attack as Chris Strivens (2-13) and Mitchell Futcher (4-31) took early wickets but a 131-run stand by Hussain (80) and Hanif (75) put Watford back in the game.

The next five bastmen failed to add significant contributions thanks to Futcher’s bowling but the tail batted out the game to force a draw.

The result saw Wheathampstead pick up 18 bonus points, putting them in ninth place in the league. Next weekend Wheathampstead travel to Radlett 2s.

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Final score: Wheathampstead (253-6) drew Watford Town (205-8) by 48 runs.

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