Welwyn Garden City collapse to Henley defeat

PUBLISHED: 16:29 23 May 2013 | UPDATED: 16:29 23 May 2013

WGC's Paul Barker found little change out of the Henley batsmen

WGC's Paul Barker found little change out of the Henley batsmen


THERE is still the majority of the season to go, but the early signs are worrying for Welwyn Garden City Cricket Club’s first team after this latest heavy defeat.

If last week’s rain affected defeat to Banbury was somewhat controversial, there was no doubting who deserved the plaudits in this latest HCPCL Division One Clash at Digswell Park.

WGC were inserted on a green pitch and were soon in trouble losing Louis Champion and James Scott early on. Small partnerships between Gavin Baker and Jamie Southgate, the latter who was top-scorer with 23, and then Alex Chalker (19) and Southgate gave WGC some hope.

But when they were out with the score on 61-5 and then skipper Jamie Hewitt fell first ball to Henley skipper Bjorn Mordt, a decent score was always going to be difficult.

Unfortunately 75 all out was worse than could be imagined.

Henley knocked them off in 13 overs to leave WGC stranded at the bottom of the league.

Southgate did snare the only two wickets to fall, David Barnes for 29 and Fahim Qureshi for a duck, but Henley eased to the target.

Things do not get any easier for WGC this Saturday as they travel to take on a Slough side who have won both their games so far this season.

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