Wheathampstead’s march to Lord’s begins

Wheathampstead successfully overcame the first obstacle in their journey to Lord’s with a 125-run win over Steppingley in the first round of the National Village Cup.

Last year Wheathampstead proved to be the best team in Herts and Beds but were beaten by Middleton in the last 32 of the competition.

On Sunday captain James McEwan chose to bat first and thanks to knocks of 55 from Ben Griffiths, 49 from Ibrar Walayat, 29 from Hashmi Muarif and 28 from David Dabare, Wheato set a total of 207-9 in 40 overs.

Steppingley’s chase never got off the ground as David Tree (4-22) dismissed the openers with six runs on the board.

Tauseef Mohammed (1-25) trapped Mark Tate (1) before handing the ball to Jilani Ghulam (5-10) who skittled the lower order as the innings ended at 82-10.

Wheathampstead play Aspenden, Standon and Puckeridge in the next round on May 11.