Rain dashes WGC's hopes

PUBLISHED: 12:06 19 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:11 26 October 2009

The covers come out again at Digswell Park

The covers come out again at Digswell Park

Home Counties Premier League Division One Welwyn Garden City 102-3 Tring Park 0-0 (match abandoned) WGC S hopes of following up their opening Home Counties Premier League victory with another against Tring Park on Saturday were dashed by the weather. Bot

Home Counties Premier League Division One

Welwyn Garden City 102-3 Tring Park 0-0 (match abandoned)

WGC'S hopes of following up their opening Home Counties Premier League victory with another against Tring Park on Saturday were dashed by the weather.

Both sides will be disappointed to take just six points apiece from this game, after persistent rain left the umpires no choice but to abandon proceedings just after the lunch interval.

It was the only game in the HCPL Division One badly affected by the weather.

On a cold and overcast day with the promise of rain in the air, WGC won the toss and decided to bat first at Digswell Park.

WGC's batsmen, due mainly to the ex-county experience of James Hewitt and Aaron Laraman, had made a solid enough start in the gloomy conditions ideal for bowling and with a slow outfield.

With nearly 30 overs available to them, the side could have been confident of passing 200 - a defendable total under the circumstances.

On the other hand, skipper Marin James may have been relieved not to have faced a rain-shortened game.

Simon Stanway and George Harper opened the bowling for Tring Park, with just one run scored from the first five overs.

Stanway opened up with four maidens and conceded only 12 runs from his first 10 overs and was accurately backed by some keen fielding.

Harper had Dan Blacktopp trapped lbw for five after he had put on 22 with Hewitt.

Nick Lamb was next in, and he took the score to 46 before he fell to a catch behind from the wicketkeeper off first change bowler Thomas Brookes.

Former Kent and Middlesex all-rounder Hewitt dominated the early part of the innings with 41 before being bowled by Keith Dutch's quicker ball.

Laraman with 38 not out and Queenslander Derek Tate, on seven, looked comfortable enough, but the weather had the final word.


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