Letchworth II v London Colney Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI on Sat 30 Aug 2008 at 1.00pm
London Colney Cricket Club Won by 25 runs, on the last ball

Match report Division 3
London Colney vs Letchworth II
30th August at Letchworth
London Colney 252-6, 52 overs
Letchworth 227 all out, 48 overs
London Colney won by 25 runs

After looking good for a mid table finish for much of the season, only to by pushed back towards the relegation areas by last week’s match forfeit and points deduction, Colney travelled to Letchworth II needing to at least one good performance from the last two matches to guarantee division 3 cricket next year, and got it, in an entertaining and enjoyable game against a side with nothing to lose. After winning the toss and batting first Colney were given a 54 run opening partnership by Phil McLaughlin and Adam Buckmaster, who played a series of elegant shots on his way to 31 before falling to a clever slower ball from Edwards. Colney pushed on and passed 100 in only the 25th over before a spell when Bishton, bowling flighted leg breaks, tied the middle order up in knots and slowed the run rate down. Colney’s batsmen eventually worked out a method of dealing with him, simply waiting for the ball and playing it off the pitch, and there were twenties for Alex Mcartney and Scott Hadley supporting McLaughlin who went on to make 63 before becoming one of Booth’s three victims. The second half of the innings belonged to Tony Holloway, who struck a hard hitting 65 not out, including three big sixes, against a bowling attack that was concentrating on length deliveries, and with the last 5 overs bringing 50 runs, Colney were able to declare an over early on an imposing 252-6, a crucial declaration as it turned out.

With runs in the bank, Colney opted for the old ball and an opening spell of spin bowling, and it worked with Matt Bristow claiming a wicket in the first over. Simon Fretter and Uzman Zaman claimed three more when the new ball was introduced after 14 overs, and the home side had slumped to 64-4, with more than 20 overs gone and the asking rate already over 8 an over. It looked a hopeless position, but skipper Bishton started a carefree fight-back with an attacking 23, and there were similar attacking Chatfield (36), Booth(32) and Gillham (21) in the middle order. Colney were forced to go back to spin, and Matt Bristow opened the door with two wickets, before Tim Fretter got at the tail. When the 8th wicket fell at 158, with only 8 overs left the game looked over, but the last act belonged to the Letchworth number 10 Hirst. Never having scored a league 50 before, he went after everything, adding 35 for the 9th wicket and then 34 for the last wicket, including a penultimate over where he hit every ball for 4. Although the win wasn’t on, with more than 40 needed from the last over, he played the way that had worked for him, attacking every ball. With one ball left he was on 63 and when the last one was up there he went for it, only to pick out Adam Buckmaster in the deep, who pouched the catch and the win for Colney, which, when the other results came in, keeps them in Division 3 next year.

There have been some pretty horrid games in Division 3 this year, where surly aggression and ill-temper seems to be encountered with increasing frequency, but this game at least was played with a smile on its face by both sides, and showed it’s possible to be competitive and friendly at the same time, and that played in this spirit, league cricket can still be fun.

London Colney Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 6 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Matt Bristow Caught  12
Scott Hadley Caught  20
Simon Fretter   1
Tim Fretter Lbw  6
Tony Holloway Not Out  65 1
Adam Buckmaster Caught  31 1
Phil McLaughlin Lbw  63
Dave Goff   1
Uzman Zaman Not Out  13
Alex McCartney Bowled  23 1
Adam Stuart Bowled  7 1

Letchworth II Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
No records to display.

Letchworth II Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
227 (0.0 overs)

London Colney Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Matt Bristow13.0437312.332.85
Dave Goff7.021500.002.14
Uzman Zaman11.0168168.006.18
Simon Fretter6.0037218.506.17
Tim Fretter11.0068417.006.18

  • Umpire :
    Ady Bristow
  • Scorer :