Herts' Trophy hopes come to an end

PUBLISHED: 14:18 19 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:56 26 October 2009

Minor Counties Cricket Association Trophy Hertfordshire 164-10 Staffordshire 166-8 HERTS slim chance of qualifying for the MCCA Trophy quarter-finals has gone after they lost to Staffordshire by two wickets yesterday. With one pool game left to play, th

Minor Counties Cricket Association Trophy

Hertfordshire 164-10 Staffordshire 166-8

HERTS' slim chance of qualifying for the MCCA Trophy quarter-finals has gone after they lost to Staffordshire by two wickets yesterday.

With one pool game left to play, the county side find themselves bottom of group two after three defeats from three matches and no hope of progressing in the competition.

WGC, Potters Bar and North Mymms cricket clubs were all represented in the Herts team at Leek on Sunday.

Once again, Herts' frustrating habit of just coming up short in tense one-day matches cost them.

They gave themselves too much to do late in the game as a great fightback proved to be in vain.

Defeat has cost them any chance of qualifying for the Trophy quarter-finals.

Mymms batsman Andy Lewis was back in charge for the fixture.

He had been unavailable for the defeat to Suffolk at WGC the previous week.

Lewis, boasting a strong batting line-up, decided to bat first on winning the toss.

Young openers Gary Brown of Stevenage and Potters Bar's Steve Gale renewed their promising partnership.

The pair had put on 28 in untroubled style and looked comfortable before disaster struck and former Hatfield captain Gale was caught behind.

Skipper Lewis, last year's highest Minor Counties run scorer, was never able to establish himself at the crease.

When Lewis, Brown and the WGC pair of Aaron Laraman and Ben Frazer were all dismissed, Herts found themselves on 90-5 and struggling.

Former Herts skipper and Surrey batsman David Ward led the recovery with a grafting 38.

Then WGC's Nick Lamb and Radlett's Tom Jenkins carried on the hard work with 27 and 26 respectively.

But Staffs' all-seam attack never slackened their grip and kept the wickets coming.

Herts, who were guilty of giving a few wickets away, committed the cardinal sin of failing to bat out their full 50 overs.

They were dismissed for 164 in the 44th over.

That looked a fairly hopeless position at the interval, but things seemed a lot better three balls into the Staffs innings.

Laraman clean bowled batsmen numbers one and three to give his side a glimmer of hope.

However, a partnership of 72 broke the back of the game, even though Herts fought tigerishly and bowled exceptionally.

Former Middlesex star Laraman took 3-15 from 10 impeccable overs.

Lamb claimed 2-37, Felix Walker 1-38 and WGC's Simon White 1-38.

Despite a late clatter of wickets, which took the game into the last over and raised hopes of a miracle win, it was not to be.

Herts' final game in the one-day competition is against Northumberland at Long Marston on Sunday, June 1.


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