Firsts have disappointing day as Welwyn Garden City's topsy-turvy season continues

PUBLISHED: 12:00 06 July 2018

Tony Skeggs helped Welwyn Garden City 2nds to victory on a disapppointing day for the club. Picture: DANNY LOO

Tony Skeggs helped Welwyn Garden City 2nds to victory on a disapppointing day for the club. Picture: DANNY LOO

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It's been feast or famine at Digswell Park this year - and this weekend was mainly famine.

They had recorded five wins from five last time out but this time the only successes at Welwyn Garden City Cricket Club came courtesy of the high-flying second team and the fifths.

The first team were up against another play-off chasing outfit in West Herts and found the visitors, and Jaahid Ali and Will Jones in particular, too hot to handle.

Batting first the Watford-based club rattled up 300-5 in their 60 overs, with Ali making a run-a-ball 154 and Jones 60.

The pair’s innings meant they put together a stand of 147 for the fourth wicket.

Shay and Connor Emerton did have some joy with the ball, going for a combined 70 runs in 19 overs, and Owais Shah picked up 2-87 but it was a tough afternoon in the baking sun for WGC.

A steady start in reply from Andy Nolan and Louis Champion was ended by Jones, whose 17 overs would yield him 5-31.

And despite a battling 59 from Shah and a fluent 17 from David O’Sullivan, WGC were never in the hunt they were all out for 173, 14 balls short of snatching a draw.

A good middle-order partnership between skipper Page (65) and Cope (35) was the highlight of the thirds game as they slipped to a three-wicket loss at Cockfosters 2nds and the fourths were soundly beaten by their Hertford counterparts.

However, the good news saw the seconds chase down 204 by Old Finchleians.

Matt Wells (3-30) and Ed Tucker (3-20) had laid the foundations with the ball but it was Tony Skeggs who got the chase off to a good start in a 68-ball 59 opening with Andrew Lovell and Hemang Ramlaul (36*) and Elliot Gregg (56*) saw the side home by seven wickets.

The fifths beat Broxbourne 3rds in a close match.

WGC amassed 205-4 in their 40 overs, skipper Mario Priolo top scoring with 77 while valuable support came from James Stapleton (28) and Dan Priolo (38).

In reply the visitors were always in the hunt but good bowling from Charlie Winfield (4-11) and two wickets for Stapleton and Dilip Patel kept them pegged back and they ended up nine down and 10 short of victory.

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