County's batting collapses against Norfolk
PUBLISHED: 19:02 28 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:17 26 October 2009
Minor Counties One-Day Trophy Norfolk 169-8 Hertfordshire 101-10 HERTFORDSHIRE S Minor Counties season started in dismal fashion with a 68-run defeat by Norfolk in the One-Day Trophy on Sunday. After such an exciting summer last year, captain Andy Lewis
Minor Counties One-Day Trophy
Norfolk 169-8 Hertfordshire 101-10
HERTFORDSHIRE'S Minor Counties season started in dismal fashion with a 68-run defeat by Norfolk in the One-Day Trophy on Sunday.
After such an exciting summer last year, captain Andy Lewis and his squad were looking forward to building on the progress they had made.
And at first on Sunday it looked as though they were going to do just that after Norfolk won the toss and chose to bat on a slow pitch at Manor Park.
Welwyn Garden City pair Aaron Laraman, who took 0-20 off his 10 overs, and Ben Frazer (0-26) both bowled well.
West Herts star Matt Smith also claimed 2-29 and Steve Coleman, of Bishop's Stortford, snapped up 4-30 in a good bowling display.
Herts' bowlers were backed up by some fine fielding as a strong Norfolk batting line-up was restricted to 169-8 in their 50 overs.
The key innings for Norfolk was played by experienced opener Carl Amos, who made a patient and, as it turned out, crucial 67.
That was the high point of Hertfordshire's day, though, as their reply got off to the worst possible start.
Both WGC batsman Nick Lamb and North Mymms' Lewis were clean bowled in the first over by the brisk Michael Eccles.
The Norfolk bowler ended up with the remarkable figures of 3-5 off seven overs.
Former Herts captain and batting talisman David Ward dug in to make 34.
Frazer also batted sensibly to be last man out for 32.
But with the last five batsman making just two singles between them, Herts fell away disastrously to be all out for 101.
A plainly disappointed Lewis said: "We bowled and fielded well, and the hard work in the field should have set the game up for us.
"But there were some woeful batting performances, and we must learn from this."
Herts' next trophy game against Suffolk on Sunday, May 11 at Welwyn Garden City is already a must-win affair if they are to progress out of the group stages of the trophy.
A strong WGC presence is expected in the team with Lamb, Laraman, Simon White and Frazer all likely to play on their home ground.
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