Hewitt hits half-century as WGC draw with Oxford
PUBLISHED: 19:09 05 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:30 26 October 2009
Home Counties Premier League Division One Oxford 211-6 Welwyn Garden City 185-7 JAMES Hewitt smashed a half-century but it wasn t enough to lead WGC to victory as they drew against Oxford. The Digswell Park club have now drawn seven matches out of 13 th
Home Counties Premier League Division One
Oxford 211-6 Welwyn Garden City 185-7
JAMES Hewitt smashed a half-century but it wasn't enough to lead WGC to victory as they drew against Oxford.
The Digswell Park club have now drawn seven matches out of 13 this season in Division One of the HCPL and are stuck in mid-table.
On the face of it they were perhaps the more deserving side of a victory, but they ended up with six less points than their opponents.
The WGC opening attack of Aaron Laraman and Gavin Baker exercised good control in wet conditions, with the former being especially impressive in a 10 over spell, returning 1-18.
Oxford passed 60 after 20 overs with opener Patrick Jobson settling in for a two hour knock bringing him 45 runs.
From this point the home side accelerated and the score was nearly doubled in the next 10 overs as Hewitt and Simon White took over the bowling duties.
Rajiv Sharma hit a breezy half-century from only 53 balls and Graham Charlesworth with 26, at more than a run-a-ball, took the score above 200.
Of the 211 total, 61 came from the last eight overs.
Needing 212 from only 35 overs, James Hewitt and Simon White began as though the target was well within reach.
They added 79 for the first wicket in only 14 overs before White was stumped off Evans' bowling for 37 at almost a run-a-ball.
Laraman and Hewitt kept up the good work against the spinners on a drying wicket as they added 44 runs in nine overs before Laraman was bowled by Evans for 23.
Whilst Hewitt, who scored 64 from 74 balls, was at the wicket WGC could almost expect victory.
At 148-2 with eight overs left and lots of wickets in hand, there was some hope.
But Hewitt was stumped - somewhat controversially - and the run-rate fell away as wickets went and the chase became more academic than realistic.
WGC eventually finished on 185-7 with teenager Jamie Southgate and Tom Pettet playing out the draw.
Oxford secured 13 points from the draw, with WGC taking home a meagre seven.
The Digswell Park side again competed very well, but yet another draw does the team no favours in the league, although they are now certainties to stay up.
Their opponents Oxford, meanwhile, find themselves only two points behind top-of-the-table Tring Park in third place.
Had WGC turned a few of their draws this season into victories, they would no doubt be challenging for the title.
They are the only side in the division to have only lost once this season.
The Digswell Park side host third-placed county rivals Radlett on Saturday in what is sure to be an exciting derby affair.