Old Owens continue to keep a tight grip on top spot in Division One

PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 July 2018

Old Owens V Ickleford .


Picture: Karyn Haddon

Old Owens V Ickleford . Picture: Karyn Haddon

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Old Owens continued their push towards the SHCL Division One title with a four-wicket win at home to Ickleford.

Old Owens V Ickleford - Jack Bloxham bowling for the Old Owens.


Picture: Karyn HaddonOld Owens V Ickleford - Jack Bloxham bowling for the Old Owens. Picture: Karyn Haddon

They are still 19 points clear of Shenley Village in second with the gap back to third-placed Harpenden with only five games left a whopping 70 points.

Old Owens V Ickleford .


Picture: Karyn HaddonOld Owens V Ickleford . Picture: Karyn Haddon

They were put into the field after losing the toss and saw Ickleford make a solid if unspectacular start.

Old Owens V Ickleford .


Picture: Karyn HaddonOld Owens V Ickleford . Picture: Karyn Haddon

But the visitors were stopped in their tracks by the pairing of Chris Whitworth and Robert Sibley.

Old Owens V Ickleford - Jack Bloxham bowling for the Old Owens.


Picture: Karyn HaddonOld Owens V Ickleford - Jack Bloxham bowling for the Old Owens. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Whitworth finished with 3-32 after terrorising the middle order before Sibley came in with 4-21 to see off the tailenders.

Old Owens V Ickleford .


Picture: Karyn HaddonOld Owens V Ickleford . Picture: Karyn Haddon

It left Ickleford all out for 166 and Owens very much in the ascendency.

Old Owens V Ickleford - Jack Bloxham bowling for the Old Owens.


Picture: Karyn HaddonOld Owens V Ickleford - Jack Bloxham bowling for the Old Owens. Picture: Karyn Haddon

But they were made to work hard for the 30 points, only claiming the win in the final over.

Chris Palmer top-scored on 46 while opener Rhys Carter hit 40 before Ben Christensen and Bradley Lane got the winning runs with five balls left.

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