Herts crash to defeat at home to Cambs
PUBLISHED: 18:04 13 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:48 26 October 2009
Minor Counties Championship Eastern Division Cambridgeshire 267-10 & 236-9 Hertfordshire 132-10 & 233-10 HERTS crashed to defeat in their opening Minor Counties Championship match of the season. The Herts county side slumped to a 138-run defeat at home t
Minor Counties Championship Eastern Division
Cambridgeshire 267-10 & 236-9 Hertfordshire 132-10 & 233-10
HERTS crashed to defeat in their opening Minor Counties Championship match of the season.
The Herts county side slumped to a 138-run defeat at home to neighbours Cambridgeshire at Bishop's Stortford on Tuesday.
Following four successive one-day MCCA Trophy losses, it was another depressing result for Andy Lewis' men.
Captain Lewis pulled no punches after the Cambs game, with a direct challenge to his players to produce better performances.
"If as individuals we do not work harder at our own games, it will be difficult to improve as a unit," said the North Mymms batsman.
Cambs won the toss on Sunday and compiled a workmanlike, but not too daunting total of 267 in Herts' first Eastern Division fixture of the summer.
WGC all-rounder Aaron Laraman took 2-31 and Bishop's Stortford left-arm spinner Steve Coleman 4-86 on his home ground.
Left-hander Tom Harvey held the visiting innings together with 91 before becoming one of Coleman's four victims.
Ben Frazer, another WGC player on county duty, also took 2-54 after claiming both Cambs openers Simon Kellett and Alan Burton.
Herts' challenge was effectively killed off on the first evening when they slumped to 75-5.
Gary Brown, Potters Bar opener Steve Gale, skipper Lewis, David Ward and Coleman were all back in the pavilion by the close of play.
The hosts fared little better the next morning, falling for 132 all out and conceding a decisive first-innings lead of 135.
In normal Herts fashion, they then started to fight back strongly, reducing Cambs to 88-5.
Coleman was again among the wickets and WGC's Nick Lamb claimed first-innings top scorer Harvey for just two.
But they were then frustrated by a series of late partnerships and Cambs managed to declare on 236-9, leaving Herts 372 to win.
Brown and ex-Hatfield skipper Gale survived the awkward evening session to leave Herts thinking that if they could bat all through the third day they had the chance of pulling a win out of the fire.
But Gale fell to the first ball of the last day for 12, and when Lewis and David Ward soon followed cheaply, Herts were 38-3 and struggling once more.
Former Middlesex and Somerset player Laraman played some breezy shots, but was caught off a skier for 24 and at 123-5 Herts were out of the game.
Opener Brown, however, was batting beautifully and was joined by Frazer in the best cricket of the day.
The WGC all-rounder put on a wonderful exhibition of clean hitting and scored 61 off just 30 balls, with two sixes and eight fours.
But it was too little, too late. Brown was caught for 70, Frazer then departed with 213 on the board and the tail subsided meekly and Herts were left to chew over their fifth defeat in five outings this season.
Herts team (v Cambs): S Gale (Potters Bar), G Brown (Stevenage), A Lewis (North Mymms, capt), D Ward (Old Whitgiftians), A Laraman (WGC), N Lamb (WGC), B Frazer (WGC), M Smith (West Herts), S White (WGC), S Coleman (Bishops Stortford), S Greenall (Sawbridgeworth).