Peters guides Sandridge to victory over Redbourn II

Unbeaten 85 from Peters gives Sandridge victory

SHCL Division 6

Redbourn II 238-4dec Sandridge 239-8

Sandridge win by two wickets

SANDRIDGE secured a second league victory of the season with an impressive win against Redbourn II on Saturday.

Sandridge were asked to bowl first on a decent surface and despite an early wicket for Lennie Peters, Redbourn maintained a good run rate throughout with opener Godfrey hitting aggressive century.

Only Dave Muskett managed to maintain any real control and he was unlucky not to pick up more than his one wicket which came courtesy of a candidate for catch of the season from Ian Merryfield, a full length one handed diving effort in the gully.

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An early declaration left Sandridge with a testing but gettable total. Peter Camm went early but Paul Rothery (48) put on 69 with Adam Temple (58). When Rothery went Merryfield joined Temple for a partnership of 43 and when he was dismissed with 136 on the board Peters came to the crease. He was positive from the start and produced his finest and highest Sandridge innings. His 11 4s and one 6 helped maintain the momentum and with nine runs required from the final available over Peters hit the first ball to the third man boundary before scampering two two’s and a single to finish on 85* - an innings of genuine quality.

The previous Tuesday Sandridge comfortably overcame Bentley Heath in the Herts Village 20 over knock out competition. Paul Rothery’s 78 and Ian Merryfield’s 64* in a total of 164-2 was too much for Bentley Heath to chase down with Dave Muskett and Lawrence White bowling particularly well.