Youngster inspires Flamstead

PUBLISHED: 12:25 18 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:11 06 May 2010

SHL Division 7 Flamstead 147-5 beat Cheshunt 144 by five wickets FLAMSTEAD returned from Cheshunt on Saturday with another 30 points following a five-wicket win. Skipper Andy Taylor finally won the toss after four consecutive failures and decided to field

SHL Division 7

Flamstead 147-5 beat Cheshunt 144 by five wickets

FLAMSTEAD returned from Cheshunt on Saturday with another 30 points following a five-wicket win.

Skipper Andy Taylor finally won the toss after four consecutive failures and decided to field.

Josh Rose got the early breakthrough with only four on the board before Twiggy Rogers replaced him and proceeded to wreck the Cheshunt innings.

From 73-1 with Richardson (50) and Lovelock (26) going well, Rogers and Martin Lindley (2-45) made Cheshunt collapse to 88-4.

Brooks (25) then took the home side to 124 before Rogers went through the tail taking 6-31 off 14 overs to leave Cheshunt all out for 144.

With 58 overs Flamstead could take their time and openers Taylor (23) and Ben Brownlie (15) opened with a partnership of 35 off 13 overs.

The introduction of 16-year-old Richardson suddenly changed the game as he proceeded to take 4-5 off fours overs to reduce Flamstead to 50-4. David Oswin (45no) and Lindley (44) steadied the visitors' innings with an excellent partnership of 89.

Flamstead lost no further wickets to get home by five wickets with 15 overs to spare.

Skipper Taylor was delighted with the team's fourth consecutive win.

He said: "We did well to record a five-wicket victory having collapsed to 50-4 but David Oswin and Martin Lindley batted really well. Next week is a vital game for us as we host Harpenden IV."

Hertfordshire County Trophy First Round

Flamstead 242-9 beat Ware 99 by 143 runs

FLAMSTEAD entertained Ware from Division 6 on Sunday in the first round of the Herts County Trophy.

The home side won the toss with captain Andy Taylor deciding to bat first on a good looking wicket.

Taylor (29) and Matt Westwood (36) got Flamstead off to an excellent start with an opening stand of 74 off 16 overs. The introduction of Webster then changed the game as his pace reduced Flamstead to 89-5. Off just four overs Webster took 4-30 including 13 wides before David Oswin and Robert Gibson steadied things with a partnership of 36.

With the loss of another wicket the home side were struggling on 131-7 but Oswin (53) and Twiggy Rogers rescued the innings with a good partnership of 62 off 13 overs.

When Oswin was bowled reverse sweeping with only 3.2 overs left Flamstead were hoping for a respectable total. They achieved this thanks to a superb stand of 49 as Rogers (57no) and Josh Rose (29) thrashed the bowling around the ground.

Patel (18) and Webster (26) got Ware off to a quick start with an opening partnership of 41 off 10 over.

Tim Wilkinson made the breakthrough trapping Webster lbw.

Rogers came into the attack and took the game away from Ware. His pace saw him take his second five-wicket haul of the weekend. Rogers went through the middle order taking 5-14 off only seven overs and with the help of young Jack Smith (2-9) they reduced Ware to 99 all out, securing a 143 run victory.

Chairman, Tim Wilkinson was delighted with the club's first win in the Trophy saying: "We were all determined to win as we now face our local rivals Redbourn in the next round who we haven't played for many years. This game will be a great test for us.


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