Welwyn Garden City find Stortford’s Keath too hot to handle

PUBLISHED: 15:56 07 August 2012

Aaron Laraman bowls for WGC

Aaron Laraman bowls for WGC

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WELWYN Garden City’s title-chase was all-but ended on Saturday as they had to settle for a draw against Bishop’s Stortford in cricket’s Home Counties Premier League Division One.

The Digswell Park Club had no answer to Stortford opener Alex Keath, who smashed an incredible unbeaten 139 from just 141 balls in the Home Counties Premier League Division One clash to help his side to an imposing 279-1 at the end of their 47 overs.

In reply, WGC batted out on 185-5 to claim the draw which does little for their title challenge.

Aaron Laraman’s side now sit in fifth spot in the division on 159 points, 79 points behind leaders High Wycombe.

They are in fact closer in points to the side at the foot of the table, Oxford, who have accumulated 107 points.

Stortford opened the batting, and it was the openers Keath and Henry Ramsden who showed they were in good form with sizeable knocks.

In fact, Ramsden was the only wicket to fall when his side had reached an impressive 180, as he was caught by Laraman after the bowling of Gavin Baker.

Keath was at this point unbeaten on 96, and with playing partner Eddie Ballard, he went on to make 139, Ballard ending not out on 45 as the East Herts side ended on 279 for the loss of a single wicket.

In reply it was always likely WGC would be, at best, going for the draw, and when openers Louis Champion and Jamie Hewitt were both dismissed with the score on 34-2, victory seemed a long way off.

Shaun Levy came and went for 23, but Jamies Southgate showed some resolves as his knock of 42 helped take WGC to 122-4 before he was caught by ex-WGC man Dan Blacktopp off the bowling of Alex Cossor.

James Scott was the star batter as he made a half-century before captain Laraman fell for 33.

Scott batted out with Gavin Baker as WGC held out for a rather uninspiring draw.


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