Wheato lose out to high flyers

PUBLISHED: 11:57 20 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:22 06 May 2010

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SHL Division Three Wheathampstead 129 lost to Hemel Hempstead II 193 by 64 runs THE Nomanlanders lost to high riding Hemel Hempstead after asking the visitors to bat first. Hemel went on to make 193-10 in 53 overs with J Graves top scoring with 37. Nick

SHL Division Three

Wheathampstead 129 lost to Hemel Hempstead II 193 by 64 runs

THE Nomanlanders lost to high riding Hemel Hempstead after asking the visitors to bat first. Hemel went on to make 193-10 in 53 overs with J Graves top scoring with 37.

Nick Martin provided early encouragement clean bowling the Hemel opener from the third ball of the game but the middle order batsmen played well to steer the recovery.

Hashmi picked up three wickets in his six-over spell at the close and Wheato were pleased enough with their bowling efforts.

However only Chris Martin (40) and J Ghulum (23) got to grips with the dual spin attack and the frailty of Wheato's batting was again in evidence as the 129-10 score suggests.

THE II's took on fellow promotion chasers Ickleford II in a high scoring draw as Wheato were forced to chase down 227-6 with strong knocks from Watson (53) and T Martin (60no).

Jimmy McEwen had his best bowling spell of the league season with 18-5-48-4.

Wheato batted positively from the off and Steve Booth (45), Tim Kiek (39) and David Arbuthnott (24) all did their bit.

However wickets fell in the run chase and with the last pair in it was important not to lose this game.

Guy Wilson provided the necessary resistance with 21* at the end of the innings to ensure the draw. WCC II's remain in fourth spot with promotion still on the cards.

l On Sunday WCC lost to Hatfield Dynamics in a competitive 40 overs game.

WCC scored 205-8 with Dabare (34) and P Robbins (30) doing well.

However Hatfield squeezed home in the final overs to snatch a win that looked unlikely mid innings.


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