Bentley Heath overcome mud and rain but not Northwood

PUBLISHED: 14:14 27 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:14 27 July 2017

Bentley Heath were one of the few teams to get a game at the weekend but couldn't celebrate victory. 
Picture: MELISSA PAGE

Bentley Heath were one of the few teams to get a game at the weekend but couldn't celebrate victory. Picture: MELISSA PAGE

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In one of the few games to reach a conclusion, Bentley Heath 2nds battled through rain and mud to draw with Northwood 3rds in Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League Division 10B.

The hosts elected to field first on a wet day on the outskirts of Watford, in a game where very few expected to see a result thanks to a miserable weather forecast.

Luke Peace and Craig Collis opened the batting for the Heath and the score ticked steadily along at two-an-over until the 12th when Collis popped one to point.

Captain Dave Tagg was next to the crease but didn’t last as long as he would have hoped, being caught for two at square leg.

Three wickets fell quickly for the Heath just before the rain came, although hard hitting from Matt Bird pushed the visitors into the 90’s, albeit for the loss of seven wickets.

With 27 overs played the rain became too much and play was brought to a halt. It was decided an early tea would be taken and a decision made after.

But after almost 90 minutes without play and the rain starting to ease up, a pitch inspection deemed the pitch ok to play on.

It was agreed the game would be altered to 42 and 36 overs and Heath managed to bat out their remaining overs to finish on 140-9.

Bird was the top-scorer with 71, his highest score of the season.

The pace of Bentley’s youth player Dylan Ransi made things difficult for the opening Northwood batsmen but, with the rain returning and the ball becoming increasingly slippery, fielding mistakes cost the Heath the opening wicket.

It left Ransi frustrated and wicket-less but he bowled excellently to concede just eight runs from six overs.

That mean spell increased the pressure of the home side and eventually led to a couple of quick wickets, thanks to two catches from keeper Collis and some direct bowling from Shabaz Hussain.

And Heath kept plugging away to leave them needing three wickets from the final seven overs.

They managed to get two but couldn’t get the all-important third as Northwood got to 120-9.

It meant both teams finished with 10 points and keeps Bentley Heath in sixth.

They take on Hertingfordbury 2nds, the side directly below them in the table, at Wrotham Park on Saturday.

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