Heartbreak for WGC as title hopes slip through fingers

PUBLISHED: 16:54 07 September 2010 | UPDATED: 16:58 07 September 2010

WGC's Simon Greenall appeals unsuccessfully against Stuart Laudat (Picture courtesy of Oxford Mail/Antony Moore)

WGC's Simon Greenall appeals unsuccessfully against Stuart Laudat (Picture courtesy of Oxford Mail/Antony Moore)

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WELWYN Garden City’s HCPL Division One cricket campaign came to a disappointing end in Oxford on Saturday as they saw their title ambitions slip through their fingers.

A 74-run defeat against Oxford for WGC saw Henley leapfrog the Digswell Park club in the division after they thrashed Aston Rowant and thus seal the championship crown.

Oxford opened the batting in the HCPL Division One encounter, and made 150-10.

However, in reply, WGC crumbled at the worst possible time when they were bowled out for just 76.

The scorebook tells its own tale of good bowling being very much on top of mediocre batting on a surface that was clearly unsuitable for such an important game.

To look on the bright side there have been some very good performances in the season, especially from Laraman, Nick Walker, and in his first season as wicketkeeper for the first team, Simon Greenall.

And to finish second in this powerful league is an excellent achievement, but the sense of disappointment still lingers.

For further coverage including pictures from the game, see this week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times.


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