Redbourn succumb to St Margaretsbury

Visitors wrap up six-wicket away win

SHL Division 2

Redbourn 156 St Margaretsbury 157-4

St Margaretsbury win by six wickets

REDBOURN slipped to their second defeat of the season after a disappointing batting display at home to St Margaretsbury.

Batting first, Redbourn started well enough with opener Chris Yorath scoring 32 on his return to the side. However, after he was bowled with the score on 49-3, Redbourn struggled to put any meaningful partnerships together and soon found themselves on 96-9 when Gary Sandford was joined by last man Jon Fleming.

Sandford and Fleming refused to give in though and put together an excellent 60 run partnership to keep Redbourn in the game. Sandford scored the lion’s share, hitting six boundaries before he was last man out for 51 while Fleming played the supporting role finishing 9*.

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The partnership had given Redbourn some momentum and they took the field confident that they could still win a game that had looked lost an hour earlier.

Redbourn needed an early breakthrough, and that is what they got with Steve Root trapping Tilbury lbw with just eight on the board. That was to be their last success for some time as St Margaretsbury put on 84 for the second wicket before Root returned to the attack and removed the impressive Brown for 61. Two more quick wickets from Root left St Magaretsbury on 105-4 and the game in the balance but despite the best efforts of Root (4-45) and the luckless Fleming, Redbourn were unable to break into the tail and St Margaretsbury reached their target with 6 overs and 6 wickets to spare.