Redbourn claim local bragging rights

SHL Division 3 Redbourn 198-3 beat Wheahampstead 195 by seven wickets REDBOURN came out on top in the local derby with Wheathampstead to move up into second place. Wheahampstead skipper Zaf Iqbal won his first toss of the season with the home side opting

SHL Division 3

Redbourn 198-3 beat Wheahampstead 195 by seven wickets

REDBOURN came out on top in the local derby with Wheathampstead to move up into second place.

Wheahampstead skipper Zaf Iqbal won his first toss of the season with the home side opting to bat first on a decent looking wicket.


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Redbourn's opening bowlers Ahmed Jamal and Dan Thatcher applied the pressure from the off and never allowed the batsman to settle despite being unable to make an early breakthrough.

The first wicket eventually fell in the 11th over, with Jamal winning an lbw decision before clean bowling the number three batsman in his next over. Thatcher then picked up a deserved wicket in his 10th over, bowling the other opening batsman, Martin, for a dogged 29.

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Nick Weaver and Mark Winchester survived some early scares but then looked comfortable and started scoring freely. However, a clipped mid-wicket chip saw Winchester depart to a comfortable catch in the deep for 18. With Jamal (2-53) and Thatcher tiring, skipper Dan Roe made a double change, introducing Jon Fleming and leg spinner Chris Godfrey into the attack and this move soon paid off with Fleming taking two wickets in two balls, both well caught in the gully by Godfrey.

Godfrey (1-48) then picked up a wicket for himself thanks to a catch in the deep by Jamal, and a further wicket for Fleming (3-31) left Wheathampstead in deep trouble at 110-7.

Things did not look good for Wheato but Weaver showed excellent application and the in-form Adam Robbins thumped the ball to the boundary to lift the score to 184. Weaver was bowled for 60. Robbins was eventually stumped for 45 going for the big six but Wheato were happy enough to have recovered to 195-10 at Tea.

Thatcher picked up a couple of late wickets to end with impressive figures of 3-51 from 15 overs. Redbourn were happy to eventually bowl Wheathampstead out for 195.

Redbourn then showed why they are second in the league with an excellent batting performance.

Openers Simon Osman and Chris Yorath batted positively from the beginning and the score had soon reached 38 when Osman chipped a catch to mid-wicket for a run a ball 19.

Dan Roe then joined Yorath and the pair batted superbly in a partnership of 149 to make the game safe. Both batsman batted sensibly and didn't take any unnecessary risks, but were also quick to hit any loose deliveries to the boundary.

It was a shame that neither batsman was quite able to see it through as both were out with less than 10 runs needed, with Yorath making 73 from 114 balls and Roe 78 from 96.

It was then left to Geoff Tookey and Ben Roe to knock off the winning runs with eight overs to spare.

The victory leaves Redbourn in second place at the halfway point in the season and with a number of big games to come, it is important that they continue to put in performances like this one.

Wheathampstead are in 17th place at the halfway mark but still have plenty of time to move up the table.

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