High-flying Northchurch cruise to stylish victory

Tom Garraway. Northchurch Cricket Club
Tom Garraway. Northchurch Cricket Club

NORTHCHURCH I continued their push for promotion with a 142 run win over London Colney on Saturday.

Runs from Mark Hobley (44) and Tom Garraway (53 n/o) helped Northchurch to 217-7 from their 53 overs.

All three of Northchurch’s top quick bowlers then fired, as wickets for Jamie Eccles (3-12), Darren James (4-31) and David Vila (3-3) skittled Colney for just 75.

Meanwhile, the second XI picked up a draw in their clash with Ickleford II.

At 23-3 it looked as though Northchurch could end up on the end of a heavy defeat, but a partnership of 121 between Dave Winsor (32 n/o) and Glenn Randall (80 n/o) saw the side through.

And on Sunday, the Northchurch Cup XI progressed to the semi-finals of the Herts Readers Trophy, beating Met Police Bushey by five wickets.

Northchurch took a strong position as tight bowling restricted Met Police to an achievable total, and despite a top order collapse in reply, Dave Pearce and Garraway giuded the side to victory with a 102-run partnership.

Elsewhere, Berkhamsted III saw off Bovingdon by 41 runs.

After setting what appeared to be a low target of 139, Berkhamsted performed excellently with the ball to bowl Bovingdon out for just 98.

Jon Ezard (4-12) was the pick of the attack.

Berkhamsted IV also picked up a good win as they edged out Ware II by 11 runs.

Berko won the toss, but got off to a dismal start at 1-3 after 11 overs.

However, the middle order fought back and managed to post a total of 151-9 for Ware to chase.

The reply got off to a good start and Ware looked to be cruising to victory, but Berko’s devastating bowler Will Clayton (7-45) had other ideas and turned the game on its head.

Berkhamsted V, meanwhile, played out an entertaining draw with Stevenage VI.

Theo Freedman (65) top-scored for Berko as they set a target of 187-9 to pick up maximum batting points.

Stevenage struggled in reply and, at 65-6, it looked as though victory would be Berko’s.

Stevenage, though, dug in well and despite the fine bowling of Jacob Lewarne (4-12) held on for the draw.

In Berkhamsted’s final game of the weekend, the Sunday I side lost out to Pinner by just 14 runs in a high-scoring thriller.

Pinner set a target of 265-6 and, despite a fine knock of 145 from James Holliday in reply, Berko finished on 251-3 to slip to the narrow loss.

Elsewhere, Chipperfield Clarendon picked up a 9-wicket win over Redbourn.

Batting first, Redbourn were struggling at 14-3, before Chris Yorath (31) provided some resistance.

Despite the efforts of Yorath, Redbourn continued to struggle, but Darren Bassil’s 47 not out pushed to total to 131-9.

In reply, Chipps got off to a poor start, losing a wicket in the first over.

From then on, though, they regained their composure and skipper Ian Grout (80) guided them to the win.