Herts Falcons fly into the play-offs

Herts Falcons v Lakenheath Diamondbacks. Picture by Jim Garnett
Herts Falcons v Lakenheath Diamondbacks. Picture by Jim Garnett

Despite having both already sealed their places in the postseason action, Herts Falcons and Lakenheath Diamondbacks shared an exciting double-header at Grovehill Ballpark.

Lakenheath were quickest out of the blocks and stunned Herts with a 13-3 win in the first game, but the Falcons responded well to take the 9-6 victory in the second.

The Diamondbacks opened up the first clash with three runs in the top of the first innings, before Herts responded with two runs of their own.

From then on, however, Lakenheath’s Kevin Carr took control of the game and guided his team home to the comfortable victory.

Game two was a completely different affair, though, with the Falcons determined to make amends for their disappointing performance in the first.

The House brothers, Dave and Jeff, were at their imperious best, smashing home five runs between them as Herts raced into an 8-0 lead.

The Diamondbacks threatened a comeback as they reduced the Falcons advantage to two runs, but Herts manager Lee Manning responded by introducing pitcher Ryan Bird to the mound, and he closed the game out to secure the victory for his side.

The highlight of the day for Herts was a first NBL home run from 15-year-old Hemel lad Liam Green, who launched the ball over the left-centrefield wall to the delight of the home crowd.

Elsewhere, the Herts Hawks made sure of their place in the play-offs with a double victory over Daws Hill Spitfires.

The Hawks cruised to a 10-4 win in the first game of the double-header, and followed that with an 11-0 triumph in the second.

The wins secure home field advantage for Herts in the first round of the AA playoffs, which take place this weekend.

Their opponents will be either the Thames Valley Bisons, Southampton Mustangs, Croydon Pirates or the Latin Tigers.