Redbourn safely into semi-finals
Herts County Trophy quarter-final Redbourn 181-6 beat Wheathampstead 180 by four wickets Redbourn were involved in another exciting game on Sunday against local rivals Wheathampstead in the Herts County Trophy quarter final. Wheathampstead batted first an
Herts County Trophy quarter-final
Redbourn 181-6 beat Wheathampstead 180 by four wickets
Redbourn were involved in another exciting game on Sunday against local rivals Wheathampstead in the Herts County Trophy quarter final.
Wheathampstead batted first and, as with the previous day, Redbourn bowled inconsistently early on allowing Wheathampstead to get off to a quick start, scoring 60 in the first 10 overs.
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Redbourn did take some early wickets though thanks to run-out after some quick thinking from Jon Fleming and an excellent stumping from Geoff Bartlett off the bowling of Dan Thatcher to remove the Wheathampstead opener for a rapid 39.
It was left to Redbourn's spinners to bring them back into the game and Chris Godfrey and Faisal Khan did just that, taking five wickets between them for just 45 runs in a 20-over period.
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Ahmed Jamal then came back at the end to take two quick wickets and Dan Thatcher one, but some lower order hitting allowed Wheathampstead to end on 180 all out.
Redbourn scored quickly in reply, but also lost early wickets, and at 53-3 were in a little trouble when captain Dan Roe joined Geoff Tookey at the crease.
Tookey struggled to find the form he found the previous day but supported Roe who scored freely, hitting anything loose to the boundary.
Tookey was eventually caught at slip for 24 having put on 71 with Roe but when he was also out, caught on the boundary for an excellent 57, Redbourn's grip on the trophy they won last year was starting to slip, with 28 runs still required and only four wickets remaining.
They needn't have worried as Chris Godfrey capped an excellent all round performance hitting a 6 and three 4s to take Redbourn to victory with more than five overs to spare.