Poor start for Bentley Heath seconds continues with rare Southgate loss

PUBLISHED: 11:56 14 June 2018

Lahiru Weeresinghe picked up a couple of wickets for Bentley Heath. Picture: Melissa Page.

Lahiru Weeresinghe picked up a couple of wickets for Bentley Heath. Picture: Melissa Page.

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Bentley Heath Cricket Club's second team continued their poor start to the Saracens Herts Cricket League Dvision 10B season as they fell to a four-wicket loss away to Southgate Compton 2nds.

It was the hosts’ first win over Heath in five attempts and began with them winning the toss and putting the visitors into bat.

They opened with Craig Collis and Terry Jones but lost their first wicket after 10 overs with 12 on the board the former was bowled for four.

Aashish Sharma joined Jones and was able to put on a further 12 runs thanks to a few loose balls.

But Southgate finally found their line and gave nothing to the Heath batsmen.

This, however, had no say in the Heath’s second wicket as confusion in the middle left Sharma run out for just one.

This second wicket set the tone for the next 10 overs with five more wickets falling leaving them on 55-7 after just 22 overs and only two more wickets needed.

But Bentley Heath were given a fighting chance thanks to an important partnership of 62 between James Medforth and Anura Rajapaksa.

Bold yet sensible batting by the two moved the score forward at a good rate and raised the frustrations in the Compton camp as what seemed like an easy win turned into more of a game.

The partnership was broken though when Rajapaksa was bowled for 16 leaving the Heath 117-8 but Lahiru Weerasinghe did his job perfectly and stuck with Medforth, ensuring the run total continued to increase.

They added another 23 runs before he was bowled for four, leaving Medforth unbeaten on 65.

Southgate’s opening pair made a good start in their chase but were assisted by a poor start in the field by the Heath, dropping catches and numerous misfields leading to boundaries.

Compton’s openers ticked off 33 runs before Weerasinghe (2-19) got a breakthrough.

It was a run out that also cost Compton their second wicket, a good tight fielding and a good throwing to keeper Collis from Weerasinghe and with Southgate 39-2 and the Heath slowly improving in the field, hope was rising.

Weerasinghe was again involved in the third wicket and a fourth followed from the bowling of Matt Bird (2-24).

It left Compton 62-4 after 20 overs Bird and Rajpaksa continued to chip away leaving the hosts requiring 47 with four wickets left.

But fortune started to turn in Southgate’s favour as edges flew through and over the slips and catches were dropped again.

That plus too many wides and steady running brought up a 50 partnership, enough to see Compton home.

Bentley Heath will be looking to turn their fortunes around next week at home to Parkfield and Headstone 2nds.

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