Cockfosters 122-10 lost to Hemel Hempstead IIs 198-9 by 76 runs
Football warm up went ahead as normal, and despite Will Herbert missing it was a standard cagey affair with a 0-0 scoreline. There were claims for a Chris Holmes penalty, but from the stands it was a clear dive.
Sam kicked off the season well by winning the toss and electing to field first in what was to be a reduced overs 37 over game. Harry White, returning from what was meant to be an extended cricketing hiatus after not missing any cricket, managed to get Wilson out LBW for the second year running, with this one being slightly less controversial than last time, and struck again shortly after. From there, Cockfosters luck seemed to dry up rather rapidly. Despite Morgan being dropped first ball by Tom, we failed to create any wicket taking opportunities whilst Morgan and Ed Langley continued on their partnership, with the latter scoring very freely and putting pressure on the bowling attack.
Sam tried to rotate the bowlers to create an opening and finally he broke the partnership that had accumulated a huge 120 runs with a good catch by Will Edwards after he had put him down the ball before. Langley managed to reach his century and hit a few more runs before finally being dismissed for 114 caught on the boundary by James Stead off Simon’s bowling. From there wickets fell fairly freely so the side, despite looking in danger of being on the receiving end of a huge target at times, managed to restrict Hemel Hempstead to 198 from their 37 overs. Simon did well to keep runs down and took 2 wickets as a reward, but Sam as he often does took the most wickets taking 4 off his 8 overs.
The Cockfosters response never really got going unfortunately and after losing Chris Stead early on followed by Sam Barker (with a dismissal showing some clear early season rust) shortly after it was a real uphill task. Holmesy and Spiderman Adam Parker joined each other for a real battling partnership of 53 however both were dismissed one after another on 27 and 26 respectively. None of the middle order were really able to contribute other than Kieran Wetherill who probably had his best first team batting performance so far, managing to drag the team towards batting points. CoC provided useful support before being bowled for 13 by Ed Langley, Completing the century/5 for double for him. Kieran and Simon managed to get the side over over the 110 mark to get to the 10 point mark for the day, but with Kieran getting bowled for 17 with the score on 122, that was all we achieved on the day.
A highly disappointing start to the season after high expectations following on from last season’s performance, but hopefully a useful wake up call for the side as we travel to Bayford and Hertford next week.