Vital win for Welwyn Garden City over Wycombe

PUBLISHED: 16:34 22 August 2013 | UPDATED: 16:45 22 August 2013

Connor Emerton bats for WGC

Connor Emerton bats for WGC


CONNOR Emerton had a debut to remember for Welwyn Garden City on Saturday as he scalped three top-order High Wycombe wickets in a vital victory.

With every game must-win for the Digswell Park outfit as they attempt to avoid relegation from HCPCL Division One, including a home clash on Saturday against derby and relegation rivals Potters Bar, WGC won the toss and batted first.

Louis Champion and Jamie Hewitt started well putting on 160 for the first wicket. Champion fell for 71 and Hewitt was eventually out for 96.

Despite a slight setback when Gavin Baker was run out for only six, WGC maintained good momentum with useful knocks from Jamie Southgate (24), and 18 each from Andy Nolan and Simon Greenall. WGC finished on 271-7.

In the absence of Aaron Laraman, Emerton shared the new ball with Baker and after his allowable seven overs he had taken 3-24, the three wickets being the Wycombe top order including former Surrey man James Benning.

Once Baker had removed David Cranfield-Thompson for 11, High Wycombe were then fighting a rearguard action and despite a fine 80 from George Russell, the home side were always behind the rate.

A fighting last-wicket partnership threatened to upset WGC’s day but the home side ended up 37 runs short giving WGC a valuable 25 points before the winner takes all derby games against fellow strugglers North Mymms and Potters Bar.

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