Laraman stars with century against county

PUBLISHED: 19:08 22 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:54 26 October 2009

Aaron Laraman

Aaron Laraman

WGC 241-7 Hertfordshire XI 137-10 ALL-ROUNDER Aaron Laraman clubbed a superb century before retiring as WGC comprehensively beat a Hertfordshire XI by 104 runs on Sunday. Laraman, the county s main strike bowler, dished out some punishment with the bat

Andy Lewis

WGC 241-7 Hertfordshire XI 137-10

ALL-ROUNDER Aaron Laraman clubbed a superb century before retiring as WGC comprehensively beat a Hertfordshire XI by 104 runs on Sunday.

Laraman, the county's main strike bowler, dished out some punishment with the bat for WGC to complete the first century of the season at Digswell Park.

The former Middlesex and Somerset player smashed 101 against his county colleagues as WGC claimed their first victory of the cricket season in some style.

Laraman's assault helped a WGC side containing five Herts county players rack up 241-7 off their 45 overs.

Fellow Herts stars Ben Frazer and Simon White also got in some useful batting practice for WGC with 60 and 38 respectively.

Simon Bridgewater then took three wickets as WGC skittled their county opponents for 137 for a 104-run victory.

In conditions much better than the day before, the home side proved too strong for a Herts XI captained by Andy Lewis and ironically containing WGC batsman Nick Lamb.

The hosts made a terrible start with both Tom Pettet and 1st XI captain Martin James playing at balls they should have left alone and departing for ducks

Things looked bleak at 0-2 and the situation didn't improve much when newcomer Gavin Baker, having played a couple of fine shots, was trapped lbw for 10.

The big-hitting Frazer then joined Laraman at the wicket and the complexion of the match soon changed.

For some time that was the limit of success for Andy Lewis' Herts team as the WGC pair added 134 in only 18 overs.

The innings of Laraman, who was one of the county's stars with both bat and ball last year, was particularly impressive.

His century arrived at better than a run-a-ball and contained 16 boundaries, including five sixes.

After he retired on 101, Frazer crashed the ball around to compile 60 in 53 deliveries.

White then joined in the fun as the visitors wilted.

A total of 241 to beat was a formidable one on a slow pitch and Herts never got close.

When young Luke Kemp removed WGC club colleague Lamb and former Knebworth Park wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Jenkins in his second over, Herts were on the ropes.

Gavin Baker, a new recruit, opened up with 1-10 from seven overs, claiming skipper Lewis in the process.

Wickets for Laraman, Pettet and Frazer added to the county side's troubles and 3-28 from slow left-armer Bridgewater left the Herts XI over 100 adrift at the close.

WGC will be hoping to build on their comprehensive display against Herts on Saturday when they host Winchmore Hill in the annual Don Anderson Trophy match at Digswell Park.


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